Cat versus Christmas tree

By Connie Orcutt • Published: January 1st, 2017
Category: Animal Airwaves

Ahh…Christmas. The smell of spiced cider, the glitter of lights—and the crash of tree ornaments your cat bats to the floor.

Balancing Christmas tree love with your cat’s safety is challenging, but doable. First, let your cat get used to the naked Christmas tree before you start decorating. Then, place foil or double-stick tape on the floor around the tree to keep your cat from exploring under or climbing onto it. You can prevent the tree from toppling by securing it to the wall with fishing line and hooks.

Some baubles—like tinsel, angel hair and strings of popcorn—are strict no-nos if you have a cat. They can cause health emergencies if eaten. Tree lights are a definitive maybe—if your cat does not chew on cords and the lights are unplugged at night.

So plan the decorating first. That way, you can all have a happy holiday.