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Catproofing Your Tree

Are you planning on putting up a tree this year? If so, you may be in for a bit of a ‘catastrophe,’ especially if you have a frisky feline. We can help! Read on for some tips from a Brandon, FL vet on catproofing your tree.

Purrfect Placement

Keep your kitty in mind when picking a spot for the tree. Avoid putting it too close to anything Fluffy could jump off, like a desk or chair.

Reinforcement

Another thing you can do is reinforce the tree. Use fishing line to secure the top of the tree to the wall or ceiling. That extra support may help keep the tree upright if your furball tries to climb it.

Go Artificial

You may want to consider getting an artificial tree. Not only are these much harder for Fluffy to climb, they’re also cheaper.

Distract The Furball

Why not give your pet some of her gifts early? Offer Fluffy some new toys, and play with her every day. The idea here is to tire your frisky feline out a bit, so she’s more interested in napping than making mischief. If you want to go all-out, buy or make your furry buddy a cat tower. That should satisfy her urge to climb things!

Decorate Wisely

Cats are more or less hardwired to bat at anything that dangles, especially if it’s shiny. Put the majority of your ornaments and decorations on the top part of the tree. (Note: tinsel, lights, ribbons, and ornament hooks are all hazardous to kitties, so keep these well out of paws’ reach.) Hang just a few unbreakable things on the bottom portion of the tree.

Training

There are some things you can do to make the tree less appealing to your furball. When Fluffy approaches the tree, make a loud noise or squirt her with water. This won’t hurt her, but it will probably annoy her, which may be enough to make her form a negative association with the tree. That may just do the trick!

Kitty Guards

You can now buy tree guards that are specifically designed to protect trees from kitties. Taste deterrents may also work. If all else fails, you can always try getting a puppy gate.

Happy holidays from all of us here at Animal Medical Center, your local Brandon, FL vet clinic. Please contact us if ever we can be of assistance.

Holiday Hazards for Cats

With the holidays approaching, many kitties are partaking in seasonal kitty traditions, like helping their humans with wrapping gifts, or bringing down Christmas trees. Fluffy is certainly an adorable part of the family, and is great for snuggling with on those Florida ‘winter’ nights. However, this can be a dangerous time of year for her. Here, a Brandon, FL vet lists some holiday dangers for people owned by cats to be aware of.

Plants

Kitties often like to nibble on green leaves, or peek out from behind them. However, many popular holiday plants are toxic to Fluffy. Lilies, for example, are very poisonous to cats. Holly, mistletoe, poinsettias, and pine needles are also unsafe.

The Tree

It could probably be argued that cats are as dangerous to trees as trees are to cats. Fluffy may very well see your Christmas tree as a cat tower hung with fun toys! However, your furball could get entangled, or cut herself on sharp ornaments or bulbs. If you get a real tree, the water itself is also a concern, as it could contain residue from sap and/or chemicals, such as fertilizer. Opt for an artificial tree, which will be harder for your feline buddy to climb.

Decorations

Many seasonal decorations can be hazardous to kitties! Ribbons, tinsel, and ornament hooks are a few things to be concerned with here. Strands of lights are also dangerous, as are edible decorations, such as popcorn strands. Pick up strands of tinsel and ornament hooks off the floor, and keep other hazardous decorations out of paw’s reach.

Food

Those mouth-watering holiday foods are a big part of holiday traditions. Many people like to offer their furry friends special treats at this time of year. This is fine, but you do need to be careful with what you offer your feline friend. Never give Fluffy anything that contains garlic, onion, scallions, or chives. Nuts, caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, pitted fruits, and sugary foods are also on the no-no list, as are meat on the bone; grapes, currants, and raisins; and raw meat, dough, or yeast.

Flames

Candles and fireplaces offer that special, cozy glow, but they definitely aren’t pet-safe. If you burn candles or use potpourri burners, keep them in high spots Fluffy can’t reach.

Season’s Greetings from all of us here at Animal Medical Center. Please call us, your Brandon, FL vet clinic, anytime!