Almost everyone has a Christmas tree standing in their living room. But if you have cats, dogs or other animals, you may be surprised how dangerous this tree actually is.
Real trees can be dangerous to cats. The pine needles they may ingest can puncture intestines and the pine is highly toxic to cats. It can cause liver damage and even death. So if you don’t want the tree losing it’s needles, make sure it has enough water so it won’t dry out.
Also make sure that your cat has no access to the water that the real tree is put in because it contains pine resin, preservatives and fire retardants.
The Fir Oil
The fir-tree oils are mildly toxic. They can be irritating to the mouth and stomach, cause a lot of drooling or vomiting.
Tinsel & Ornaments
Also be careful with tinsel. If you really want to have it on the tree, place it at the top of the three where your cat (hopefully) can’t reach. Tinsel can cause blockage in the stomach or intestines. Which may result in a pricey emergency surgery.
Ornaments should be attached safe and secure to the tree so it can’t be knocked out of the tree. Place the delicate ones high in the tree. And when there is no one around in the house, unplug the tree from the Christmas lights. If your cat may bite in it, it could cause a (fatal) electric shock.
You can spray things like citrus or bitter apple on the wire to keep your cat away from it, if you know he’s a wire-biter. After you brought the Christmas tree in, spray the needles with anti-chew repellent that you can buy at most pet stores. The spray is not harmful to the tree or animals. But it will at least keep your kitty away from the tree!
Then let’s not forget about to make sure the tree is steady! If your kitty still decides to climb the tree, or sharpen his nail, or rub against it, your tree may fall over if it’s not steady enough.
Give Your Cat His Own Tree
And we’re talking a real cat tree here! If your cat gets his cat tree around the same time that you set up the real tree, his new furniture will serve as an alternative to the Christmas tree, and he may want to spend more time on that tree, rather than in your tree!
Do you have a real tree during the holidays?