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Keeping Fluffy Out of the Tree

The holidays are officially here! Food, fun, and friends are on the agenda for the next few weeks, along with cooking, shopping, decorating, and, for cat owners, trying to keep their pets out of the tree. We can help! In this article, a Portage, MI vet offers advice on keeping your cat out of the tree.

Placement

Keep your frisky pet in mind as you choose the perfect spot for your tree. If you put it beside a desk, chair, or sofa Fluffy can use as a furball launch pad, you’re more or less inviting your kitty to wreak havoc on the tree. A corner is a good option.

Decorations

In your kitty’s mind, those pretty decorations are actually cat toys. Don’t put anything fragile within reach of those little paws. If Fluffy knocks it down, she could cut herself on razor-sharp shards. (Plus, you’ll be out an ornament.) Keep only sturdy, non-breakable objects on the bottom part of the tree. Put the majority of your decorations, including tinsel and electric lights, on the top half.

Bribery

When it comes to teaching Fluffy petiquette, telling her not to do something doesn’t usually work very well. You can try to discourage her by squirting her with water or making a loud noise. Bribery, however, is a much better tactic. Give your feline pal a few new toys, and play with her daily. The hope is that your kitty will wear herself out playing Catch The Feather or Pounce On The Red Dot, and will curl up under the tree, instead of trying to climb it.

Reinforcement

A little extra precaution may be needed here, especially if your feline buddy is full of zoom. Use fishing line to secure the treetop to the wall or ceiling. It won’t show, but will offer some extra support. It’s also important to choose a tree with a sturdy base.

Artificial Tree

Consider getting a fake tree. Fluffy may still whack at the ornaments, but she won’t be able to climb it!

Tips

Ribbons, tinsel, ornament hooks, pine needles, and ornaments are all hazardous to cats. Vacuum regularly to make sure none of these things are on the floor. If you get a real tree, cover the water as well, as it may contain chemical residue.

Happy Holidays! Please feel free to contact us, your Portage, MI vet clinic, anytime.

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