‘Tis the season for holiday decor! As much as we enjoy decorating our homes, it can pose a big problem for us pet owners. Both cats and dogs are notorious for wreaking havoc on apartment decor, and holiday decorations can be even more tempting. And truthfully, we can’t blame them. Let’s face it — your cat can’t tell the difference between those round, red ornaments and a brand new shiny toy. Similarly, your dog isn’t going to know the difference between that reindeer decoration and a chew toy. Luckily, there are some ways you can pet-proof your apartment for the holidays, and we’re sharing them with you below. Follow these tips to help ensure a safe and happy holiday season for you and your furbabies.
Put A Barrier Around Your Tree
Christmas trees can be a huge temptation for playful pets, especially curious cats who like to pounce on them and claw at the dangling ornaments. If you have a cat who can’t contain her excitement, it’s best to try and create a barrier around the base of your tree to keep her away from it. Also, thirsty felines and pups may try to take sips from the tree’s water basin, which can make them sick. The easiest solution is to create a carrier around the base of your Christmas tree using either a child’s playpen or baby gate. Walmart even sells a “Christmas tree fence” that can keep your tree safe from pets. Another option is to set up your tree or other decorations in an area your pet is not allowed to be in, and use a baby gate to make sure they stay away from the room.
Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind
One of the best ways to pet-proof your apartment for the holidays is to set up your decorations in a place that’s out of reach from your furbabies. This is typically easier for dog owners, as kitties are able to jump up to higher places. However, this trick might still work for cat owners whose felines aren’t super agile, particularly if your kitty is a little older in age. This trick isn’t just for decorations, either. Keep potentially harmful food and drinks out of reach from your pets to ensure that they stay safe throughout the holiday season. For a tip on keeping your cat off the counter, check out our earlier post on the topic here.
Avoid Toxic House Plants
We’ve previously shared that some common house plants can be harmful to cats and dogs. During the holidays, you have to be a little extra careful. There are a few popular holiday house plants that are toxic to pets, including poinsettias. For a refresher on which house plants to avoid if you have pets, check out our earlier post here.
Stick With Non-Toxic Decor
House plants aren’t the only things that can pose a threat to your pets during the holidays. Unfortunately, lots of popular holiday decorations can be potentially dangerous to pets. To keep your pets safe, stick with non-toxic holiday decor options. The ASPCA recommends that cat owners steer clear of tinsel. If ingested, tinsel can cause your kitty’s digestive tract to become obstructed. Check out this post for more information.
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