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How to Keep Your Cat Out of the Tree

The holidays are just around the corner. It won’t be long now before we start seeing videos of mischievous felines wreaking havoc on Christmas trees. After all, this is one of Fluffy’s favorite holiday traditions! Read on as a White Rock, TX vet offers some tips on keeping your kitty out of the tree.

Decorate Carefully

Keep Fluffy in mind when hanging ornaments. Hang anything that is fragile or sharp on the top half of the tree, well out of reach of those cute little paws. Put only sturdy ornaments on the bottom part, things that won’t break if your four-legged buddy she succeeds in knocking them down.

Placement

If possible, put the tree in a corner. Don’t put it near a desk or sofa, or anything else Fluffy may try to use as a kitty launch pad. You may want to block off your cat’s access to the tree by using a baby gate.

Choose The Right Tree

You may want to consider getting a fake tree. Fluffy will have a much harder time climbing artificial branches than real ones! Plus, you’ll be able to reuse it next year.

Support

Make sure to get a good, sturdy base, one that will (hopefully) hold up to the force of a frisky feline. To play it safe, secure the tree top to the wall or ceiling with fishing line.

Bribery

Trying to get a cat not to do something is, well, almost impossible at times. However, you may have some luck with bribing Fluffy. Get your kitty some fun new toys, and tire her out with vigorous play sessions. After a fun round of Catch The Wand Toy, your frisky pet may be more inclined to napping under the tree than trying to climb it.

Tips

Although photos of cats and trees are very cute, it’s important to keep in mind that trees can be quite dangerous for our feline pals. Pine needles (both real and fake) can cause intestinal blockages if ingested, which is extremely dangerous. Tinsel strands, electric lights, fragile ornaments, ornament hooks, and ribbons are also dangerous for kitties. The tree’s water is another concern: it could contain toxic residues from sap, chemicals, and/or pesticides.

Happy Holidays! Please call us, your White Rock, TX vet clinic, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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