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How to Pet-Proof Your Christmas Tree

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How to Pet-Proof Your Christmas Tree


Winter holidays are especially exciting, with all the sparkly lights and streamers, delicate ornaments and brightly colored garland, and donít get us started on the candies and treats! All of these things are great fun, and no less so for our pets. So, before you start taking out the decorations, take a few minutes to consider how their placement will affect your pets.


Just to protect your pet and yourself from excitable accidents, hang your delicate and treasured ornaments on the uppermost branches of the tree, and secure them to the branches tightly. In general, it is easier on the whole household if you select tree ornaments that are not likely to shatter. For delicate, glass or treasured ornaments, you might consider creating an area where they can be displayed that is out of reach for your dog or cat, such as from a garland that is hung across a mantel or window. Tinsel, for all its glittery prettiness, is one of the most dangerous tree decorations you can choose. If your pet ingests even a few strands of tinsel — and pets do this more often than you might guess — she is highly likely to suffer the ill, and even deadly effects of an intestinal obstruction. Same goes for edible ornaments, such as popcorn and cranberry strings and candy canes. Leave these things off your tree or your pet will be climbing the tree to get to them.

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6:28PM PDT on May 27, 2013

Good to know all of this. Thank you.

10:20AM PST on Feb 28, 2013

my cat is evil to my tree

7:48PM PST on Dec 25, 2012

Good tips, thank you.

7:48PM PST on Dec 25, 2012

Good tips, thank you.

4:02PM PST on Dec 24, 2012

Hi Wyleen C. your cat Gizmo remembering me the one of seven cats of my neighbour. Unbeliveble.... Hope nothing bad happen during the winter holidays rondom the Christmas tree. Have a save Christmas! :)

10:27AM PST on Dec 23, 2012

thanks for sharing :)

2:45AM PST on Dec 22, 2012

Catherine, are the ornaments made of real straw? If so, there's your answer. If they're made of plastic, they could have corn starch in their coating. Cats love that (my younger cat has an awful habit of licking plastic bags - drives me crazy, trying to keep her away from them).

10:24PM PST on Dec 21, 2012

I got some Swedish straw snowflake ornaments recently that I thought would be great for the tree around my pets, being virtually indestructible. Dog chewed one, and the cats are licking them. What are they painted with that's so delicious?

9:27PM PST on Dec 19, 2012

Thanks for the tips....but is there really anywhere that would be visible to guests that is out of reach of a cat?!

4:45AM PST on Dec 17, 2012

thanks, not using a real tree - save the trees!

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