There’s enough stress involved in Christmas preparations without worrying about pets getting hurt from Christmas decorations. Here are some safe decorating tips.
Decorating for the holidays is usually a fun family activity. Pet owners, however, may encounter special challenging when it comes to putting up a Christmas tree and other fragile decorations. However, with a few precautions pet owners can still deck the halls of their homes.
it’s important to first clean the house before putting up a tree and decorations. Cleaning a house full of pet fur involves thoroughly vacuuming floors, besides bedding and furniture. Using vacuum cleaner attachments works quite well. A slightly dampened spongs renders best results for cleaning off cat hairballs.
Owners of puppies and kittens need to safeguard a Christmas tree from their young pets. This can be done several ways. For example, those living in multi-level homes can designate a level for the tree and keep out pets on this level. If you do have a pet in a room with a tree, place ornaments out of reach. However, this doesn’t work for kittens that can easily climb any size of a tree. Playpens can also be used for puppies.
Additional Safety Tips for Christmas Trees
•No tinsel – Tinsel is especially tempting for cats, but chewing on it can severely damage their digestive systems.
•Clean up pine needles – Regularly cleaning up fallen pine needles will protect dogs from chewing on them. If ingested sharp pine needles can result in a dog having internal injuries.
•Don’t use edible ornaments – Save the candy canes and other edibles for the children and don’t put them on trees as a pet can always find ways for reaching them.
•Use a strong tree stand – Be sure your tree stand is steady. To ensure the best safety, use a fishing string that’s attached to the top of the tree to a small hook on the ceiling.
•Spray light cords – Spraying light cords with bitter apply spray will discourage them from chewing on them. Also, be sure to unplug all lights when they’re not being used.
•Protect tree water – Tree water that keeps a tree from drying out can lure thirsty pets, but drinking sticky water can make them sick. Protect tree water by using screen or a sturdy mesh fabric which covers it using ducktape over the pan.
Finally, if just the thought of putting up a regular-sized tree makes you nervous, don’t do it unless you have children who are in your home or will be visiting. Instead decorate a miniature tree which sits high on top of a shelf. Meditate on the true spiritual meaning of Christmas and have the peace of mind that your pet is safe. There’s enough stress during the holidays without worrying about a pet emergency.