How to keep your cat safe at Christmas
The festive season can be fun for us all, but offers plenty of new sights, smells and sounds for our feline friends. Wondering how to keep your cat safe at Christmas? Find out more in our expert guide.
Christmas trees and decorations hazardous to cats
If you’re a cat owner, it won’t surprise you to find that cats love Christmas trees. Some cats are keen climbers, and a lit-up tree presents a challenge they won’t be able to resist. Others are attracted by sparkly decorations.
If you’ve purchased a real Christmas tree and your cat tends to nibble or lick, you’ll need to be mindful of your cat ingesting any parts of it. Some oils produced by these trees can be toxic, making your cat very unwell. Fertilisers and plant food can also be harmful to cats. You’ll also need to make sure you pick up any fallen needles to save them injuring delicate cat paws.
Decorations also present hazards for cats at Christmas. Hanging baubles can look like fun toys for felines, and glass baubles in particular can shatter easily. Tinsel can cause serious illness if ingested due to the blockages they can cause. It some cases, this can even be fatal.
Christmas lights can also be dangerous to cats and should be used safely. Cover any wires leading to the tree by using plastic or cardboard tubes, and also switch your Christmas lights off at the mains when you’re not home.
How to make your Christmas tree cat-safe
Our guide on Christmas trees for cat owners ensures your cat is kept safe, and your tree stays intact
• Display any hanging decorations closer to the top of the tree, out of the way of mischievous paws
• Make sure your Christmas tree has a sturdy base, or secure it with weights to stop it from toppling over
• Avoid using glass baubles, or any decorations that may break easily
• Always switch your Christmas lights off at the mains when you’re not around
• Be careful with tinsel – if your cat eats it, it can cause serious harm
• Don’t place any presents for your cat under the tree, especially if they contain catnip – it will just entice them further
• If your cat is particularly playful, make sure you supervise them when they’re near the tree