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Keeping Your Cat Out of the Christmas Tree

Have you ever seen your kitty staring at your pretty Christmas tree with a gleam in her eye? Your frisky furball might have a bit of mischief in mind! Every year, hundreds, or perhaps thousands, of holiday trees are brought down by playful cats. We can help! In this article, a local Greensboro, NC vet offers some great tips on how to keep your tree standing this year.

Sturdiness

Make sure to choose a tree with a solid base. If your tree wobbles, the chances of it standing up to your kitty’s antics are definitely lowered. If your feline pal is super playful, you may want to secure the top of the tree to either a wall or the ceiling with fishing line. It won’t show, but the extra support won’t hurt.

Decorating Tactics

Leave the tree undecorated for a few days, so Fluffy can get used to it. A fully-decorated tree that just suddenly appears in your kitty’s domain may be too much temptation for her. When you do decorate, try to keep the majority of your ornaments on the top two-thirds of the tree, where they are out of the reach of those cute little paws.

Bribery

When it comes to behavioral issues in kitties, sometimes one must resort to bribing these mischievous little furballs. Get your kitty some fun new toys to keep her occupied, and take time to play with her every day. This will burn off some of Fluffy’s excess energy, leaving you with a calmer, hopefully slightly tired, cat.

Location Location Location

If possible, try to put your tree in a corner. We advise choosing a spot that doesn’t offer your feline friend easy access via a chair, desk, or table.

Safety

Keep your pet’s safety in mind when decorating for the holidays. Delicate, breakable ornaments and ornament hooks can seriously hurt your feline friend. Tinsel, lights, and garland are also dangerous to Fluffy. If you are getting a real tree, we also advise keeping the water bowl covered with tin foil, so your cat can’t reach it. The water often contains residue from sap and chemicals that can be toxic to pets.

Happy Holidays! Please feel free to contact us anytime with questions or concerns about your feline buddy’s health or care. As your local Greensboro, NC vet clinic, we are always happy to help!

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