If there are animals in the house, you should make sure that the Christmas tree is well protected from dogs and cats. This is not such an easy task, because pets love the colorful tree, twinkling lights and rattling decorations. Kittens and puppies are especially dangerous for the Christmas tree (or the Christmas tree for them), but you need to be aware of the increased safety rules for animals of all ages. If you pay attention to this, you can minimize the risk of accidents with your pet or Christmas tree.
How to secure a Christmas tree for dogs and cats?
The first task is to securely fix the tree. A stable four-legged base is best suited for this. The bases of the tripod are often unstable, can sway, and the animal will easily turn them over. Place the Christmas tree in a corner and secure it in at least two points.
Many people like to soak the base of the tree with water that has chemicals added to it. If you have a pet in your family, forget about chemicals. A pet can drink it instead of water, which will cause serious poisoning. Any other filler should also be masked with something, otherwise the cat will get into the habit of raking it or even spoil it.
When decorating a pine tree, keep in mind that cats love to play with Christmas toys if they get in range. Therefore, fragile delicate jewelry should be placed as high as possible. Avoid tiny bead garlands as they can be easily eaten by dogs and cats. Attach impact-resistant items made from natural materials, such as aluminum foil cookies, styrofoam toys, or empty candy wrappers, to the bottom of the tree.
Place the garlands in such a way that the animal cannot get tangled in them or start chewing. Use protective wire for parts lying on the floor. You can spray your garlands with a citrus essential oil spray to repel your pet. Even if all safety measures are followed, do not leave a dog or cat alone with a garland included in the network. Animals can still encroach on her, which can be fatal.
In no case should you put a real burning candle on the Christmas tree, even if you are in the room. Some pets are much more dexterous than you, and can set fire to an apartment in an instant. At night or when you are not at home, lock your pet away from the Christmas tree. It’s best if you close the door to the room so he can’t enter at all without you. Tinsel and New Year’s rain are dangerous for cats. They can clog the intestines or cut the walls of the stomach.
Other Safety Rules for Cat and Dog Owners
During the New Year holidays, animals are also exposed to additional dangers. Do not give them all kinds of sweet cookies, chocolates, too fatty meat.
During the frequent arrivals and departures of guests, some animals may sneak out of the house unnoticed. Take care of the collar with your contact details to help get the fugitive back. Do not dress up cats in fashionable New Year’s costumes. They hinder movement, cause discomfort, and some even frighten.
Be patient with animals during the holidays. They may not tolerate unfamiliar guests or being left alone longer than usual. Ask the children of your relatives not to pet the dog or cat if they do not like it. After all, if an animal grabs it and scratches it, it always ends in crying.