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Catproofing Your Tree

Are you planning to put a tree up this year? If so, your feline buddy may take it right back down. Kitties definitely have a hard time resisting trees strung with what appear to be cat toys. Read on as a Glendale, AZ vet offers some tips on catproofing your tree.

Location

Choosing the right spot is very important. If you put the tree next to a desk, chair, or sofa, you’re just making it very easy for Fluffy to access it. Try to isolate it a bit. You can use fishing wire to secure treetop to the ceiling.

Go Artificial

It may be worth your while to get an artificial tree. Not only are they cheaper and reusable, they’re also harder for cats to climb!

Hazards

Ornament hooks, ribbon, tinsel, glass ornaments, pine needles, and electric lights are all hazardous to Fluffy. You’ll also want to be careful with the tree water: it could contain toxic residue from chemicals and pesticides. Cover the water, and immediately pick up any decorations that fall to the ground.

Decorating

Keep Fluffy in mind when decorating. Cats are often drawn to shiny things. Put any flashy or shiny ornaments on the top part of the tree, out of paws’ reach. This also applies to tinsel, ribbons, and lights. Hang just a few non-breakable objects on the bottom part of the tree.

Bribery

Telling Fluffy to stay away from the tree probably won’t do much good. Bribery, however, may be much more effective. Give your feline friend some of her gifts a bit early. If you keep your kitty occupied with new toys and pet furniture, she may leave the tree alone. We also recommend tiring frisky cats out with fun play sessions.

Training

We know, the term ‘training cats’ may be a bit of a misnomer. However, you can teach Fluffy some basic petiquette. If you want to keep her away from the tree, do something that will make her form a negative association with it. When your furball approaches the tree, squirt her with water or make a loud noise. These things won’t hurt your pet, but they will annoy her, which may do the trick. Taste deterrent and/or puppy gates may also work.

Happy holidays from all of us here at Bell Animal and Bird Hospital your Glendale, AZ vet clinic. Please feel free to contact us anytime!

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