The holidays are an exciting time around any home. Trimming trees, hanging mistletoe, and the scent of cookies and other delicious baked goods fill the air. There are several precautions, however, that need to be taken in order to keep your precious pets safe and happy this holiday season. Whether you own cats, dogs, or another type of pet, it is important to take time to make sure your home is pet-friendly during this festive time of year.
Pet Friendly Holiday Decoration Tips:
- Avoid tinsel and imitation snow. This can cause serious internal irritation if ingested.
- Skip the holly berries. These innocent berries are potentially toxic if consumed in quantity and can lead to significant medical complications.
- If you have cats, avoid having poinsettias in your home. While these are beautiful red flowers that bring Christmas cheer to any room, they are anything but cheerful for the felines in your life. These flowers are poisonous and cats can become very ill if they eat the plant. If someone does give you a poinsettia plant, keep it out of reach so your pets are not in harms way.
- Place your edible decor out of Fido’s reach. Many people use strings of popcorn and candy canes to decorate their Christmas trees, but as a pet owner, you should make sure these decorations are high up on the tree where animals cannot get to them. It is never a good idea for pets to ingest human food.
- Properly secure your Christmas tree. Your playful puppy and frisky kitten are not going to stop frolicking just because you have a tree in your home. Keep your tree looking beautiful – and your pets safe – by securing anchoring the tree to the wall or the floor.
- As the snow gently falls and the holiday music plays in the background, candles often provide the perfect holiday ambiance. Pet owners, however, need to make sure that all open flames are high up so that pets do not accidentally knock the candles over or burn themselves while walking by.
- Cats love to climb, and may want to treat your beautifully decorated Christmas tree as their own personal jungle gym. If you have a cat that is prone to this behavior, getting them an alternative as an outlet is a great idea. They sell many different cat tree options and you can even make your own if you are a DIY kinda person.
The holidays are a special time of year, and it is important for pets to enjoy the season as well. By putting in a little extra effort during the decorating process with these pet friendly holiday decorations you can ensure that your furry friends are safe, happy and warm all holiday season long. But enough about what NOT to do. Remember your dog or cat as you are picking out holiday gifts – everyone enjoys a special treat or a new toy once in a while.
As the holiday season gets closer, the weather gets colder! If your pet isn’t blessed with a natural sweater, you can consider getting them a sweater for the chilly winter days!