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As if you couldn’t already tell, I love my cats. A lot! Except for a couple of years in my 20s when I lived in a strictly pet-free apartment, I have always had a cat. Heck, my whole family has cats. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I like to spoil them a little bit. Especially over the holidays when I’m already in a gift giving frame of mind.
Not only are the holidays the time for celebrating and even spoiling your loved ones and pets, it’s also a time when cat owners need take special precautions to keep them safe. Cats are curious creatures and can (and will) get into just about anything. Over the many years of owning cats, I have just about seen it all. So in addition to telling you about some amazing cat gifts I’ve picked up, I would like to talk about how to keep cats safe over the holidays.
How to keep cats safe over the Christmas holidays
Due to the nature of Christmas and Solstice, this post is geared toward the safety of cats during those celebrations. Even if you celebrate another holiday during this time of year, it is always best practice to be mindful of your pets’ safety.
The Christmas tree is one of the biggest hazards in the home during this time of year. Whether your tree is real or fake, be sure that it is as secure as possible. If you have a known climber, it may even be worth your while to tie your tree down to secure it by installing a hook in the wall or bracing it with something closer to the floor.
If your cat isn’t a climber (thankfully, neither of ours are), do not put breakable ornaments or ornaments with beads, glitter, sequins, etc toward the bottom of the tree. Even if they don’t climb, they will still be curious about those shiny things hanging down just at their level and may not be able to resist playing with it. Also, never use tinsel when you have cats so they won’t choke on it.
If you have a real tree, trim low branches so your cats don’t chew on them and be sure to vacuum any loose needles regularly. They could be a choking hazard
While beautiful, your lights can also be a potential hazard to your cats. If you have an especially curious kitty or a kitten in the house, cover up any light cords. They may be all too tempting to play with or even chew on.
Poisonous holiday plants
Did you know that common plants that you may use to decorate your home for the holidays could be poisonous to cats? While we’ve all likely been told that poinsettia is poisonous, the poinsettia’s toxicity is actually pretty mild. However, it could still cause your cat to vomit, itch, drool, or have diarrhea. None of which are pleasant for either cats or humans to deal with.
Mistletoe and holly are even more poisonous to your kitties than the poinsettia. In fact, mistletoe could be deadly. My rule of thumb is to err on the side of caution when it comes to pets and plants. If you wish to decorate with plants for Christmas, be sure to put them where your cat can’t reach them, opt for the fake version, or go with the non-toxic Christmas cactus instead.
Ribbons on presents
Of course, if you have a cat then you know all too well that they love to chase things like strings and ribbons. This includes ribbons on Christmas gifts. When wrapping or opening presents with ribbons, please do not leave them unattended where your cats can get into them. Better yet, use bows or wide ribbon that your cat wouldn’t be able to accidentally ingest instead.
Spoil your cats at Kriser’s
Now that your cats will be safe over the holidays, be sure to get them a little something from Santa. We love Kriser’s Natural Pet for our pet gift-giving needs. Everything at Kriser’s is made with wholesome, healthy ingredients so you know that everything you buy is of the highest quality.
While at Kriser’s this past weekend I was on a mission to spoil my cats, Pete and Orion with some new toys. There were so many great toys to choose from, but I ended up choosing two adorable Christmas catnip toys, a really cool Firefly Mat that flashes lights for the cats to chase, a PURRfect cat toy for them to chase, and a Laser Fun toy.
Of all of their new toys, this laser pointer is their absolute favorite! So if you have a Kriser’s Natural Pet nearby, I highly recommend stopping in for some toys, snacks, food, and other necessities for your pets. They will be sure to thank you with a lick on the face. Or if you have cats, they’ll just walk away, but I know that they appreciate their new toys in their own kitty way.