Are you waiting for Christmas and the holiday season? I’m sure that your furry friends are eager to celebrate and have fun too! It’s time to decorate your dwelling with a pet-friendly approach to enjoy a happy Catmas and Dogmas!
Pet-Friendly Christmas Décor
Keep in mind the highlights of pet-proofing your home with safe Christmas decorations, including a pet-friendly Xmas tree, ornaments, and festive accessories.
Pet-Safe Christmas Tree
It’s better to choose an artificial Xmas tree. You can’t have a real Christmas tree with a cat or/and dog in your house, because sharp needles scratch and puncture your furry friend’s skin. Take into account that natural pine needles are toxic to pets, but they don’t realize it, and may very well try to eat the needles.
Dangerous Games With Decorations And Gift Wraps
Don’t use ribbons, bows, strings, and tinsel when you decorate a cat-friendly Christmas tree. The harm of all these decorations is that string-like materials can cause linear foreign body obstruction in your pets. Be prudent to prevent your pet suffering from pain! Gastrointestinal (GI) obstruction requires surgery. If your pet has GI symptoms including vomiting, anorexia (refusal to eat), dehydration, lethargy, and abdominal pain, hurry to take it to a vet clinic!
Take care of your pets and opt for safer holiday accessories. Decorate your Christmas tree with a garland made of beads, which are a great replacement for string-like materials. Use thick cloth ribbons to decorate your Christmas tree, gifts, and dwelling.
Select A Natural-Looking Tree
A cat- and dog-friendly Christmas tree is a green spruce or pine without additional bright items decorated in a usual way. Keep in mind that glitter and sparkle trees awake extra curiosity in your cat or dog.
Choose Simple Ornaments
Don’t use too shiny and sparkly ornaments. They capture unwanted attention from your cat and dog and stimulate their desire to play with the bright decorations. It can cost you extra expense and pet injuries.
Try to refrain from using glass ornaments. If your pet accidentally or when playing drops a Christmas ball, they could end up stepping on or ingesting small shards, causing a serious injury to your furry friend.
Choose The Right Height For A Pet-Friendly Christmas Tree
If your Christmas tree is too small with an unstable support, it’s so easy for your four-legged buddy to snatch such a tabletop tree, especially if your pride and joy descends from one of the giant dog breeds. A dog-proof Christmas tree should be at least five feet tall to prevent its transformation into a chew toy.
Think About Creative Pet-Friendly Solutions
Pets can damage a Christmas tree by climbing it and even knocking it over. They do destructive acts like this just for fun and entertainment. As a result, they may injure themselves or other family members. Think about buying a pet-friendly Christmas tree or just place your usual tree in an unusual place.
An Unusual Placement For A Christmas Tree
What about festive wall décor? Think about installing a Christmas tree on the wall as a creative pet-proof element and the main focal point of an entire room.
Think About A Creative Light Fixture
Show off your creative personality and make your abode pet-safe by using a bright Christmas tree instead of a usual light fixture. But if your cat or dog is a master of jumping, be ready for disappointing consequences.
Half Christmas Tree
Think about purchasing a half tree to provide Christmas safety for your pets. As a bonus, you’ll need fewer décor accessories. Your cat or/and dog can’t reach the branches and all your family members will have the chance to put more gifts underneath the Christmas tree.
Use A Cage
You can use a cage for a Christmas tree to protect it from your cat and to protect your feline from itself. Of course, your cat will want to play with the Christmas decorations, but she can just do it in her dreams.
Avoid Some Festive Plants And Flowers
Holiday plants and flowers provide originality to Christmas decorations, but also attract curious felines and nosy dogs. Choose only safe plants for your pets, avoiding toxic greenery and flowers when you decorate your home for a Christmas celebration. Keep in mind a list of dangerous vegetation to protect your furry friends!
Mistletoe is a dangerous, parasitic plant. Ingesting mistletoe can cause vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and even death to a pet.
Holly berries are poisonous to pets, because they contain polysaccharides, alkaloids, and lectins. If your furry friend swallows some berries, it can cause diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration, dizziness, and drowsiness.
Ivies are climbing plants that considered moderately toxic to both cats and dogs. They can cause diarrhea and convulsions.
Poinsettias are known for their mildly toxic effects. Unfortunately, nibbling these shrubs can cause bouts of nausea in pets.
Jerusalem cherries contain the toxin solanine, which causes painful intestinal problems to your nosy dogs and cats.
A Christmas wreath with holly, ivy, mistletoe, and other greenery would be beautiful, but don’t buy it to keep your pet safe!
Lilies are extremely poisonous flowers to felines, and just a few leaves or a little bit of the pollen can cause severe kidney failure or even death for a cat!
Choose Food And Cocktails Carefully
Your fluffy friends can be attracted to the smells of Christmas meals and drinks. Don’t feed your pet fatty, high sodium food or meals which contain toxic ingredients, such as chocolate, onions, garlic, macadamias, and avocados. Roquefort, cabrales, danablu, gorgonzola, and other blue cheeses are too toxic for pets and can cause muscle tremors, seizures, and even death. Don’t allow your furry buddy to drink gravy, either, to prevent diarrhea and other intestinal problems.
Beer and alcohol cocktails are forbidden drinks for your pet. Alcohol poisoning in dogs causes gastric and intestinal disorders, difficulty breathing, muscle tremors, abnormal blood acidity, and even death.
Watch out for your four-legged buddy during a party to prevent overeating, which can cause pet obesity over time.
It’s better to give special pet treats to your furry buddies to make their Christmas celebration fun and tasty. If you’re interested in the eco-friendly approach, buy sustainably produced pet food as Christmas treats.
Prepare Your Puppy For A Christmas Party
A walk with your puppy before a Christmas party will begin to tire out your pride and joy and make him calm during a celebration. If your puppy gets overexcited when a lot of guests are around, take the time for leash or/and crate training beforehand to keep him safe and serene during the holiday.