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Friday, December 19, 2008

Festive Feline Friday

Domestic Cat,House Panther,Miss Diamond,Black Cat,Polar Bears,Penguins,Happy Holidays
Do not let my Tabby brofur see this hat, or he will want one just like it!


Trees are great toys for us cats, but unfortunately, the can be dangerous as well.

We of course seem to think the ornaments are "balls" to play with and if one breaks or gets chewed, we could end up ingest pieces. Don't decorate the tree with breakable or easily damaged ornaments.

Yes we may knock over the tree trying to climb it or while we're investigating it. Make sure it's in a sturdy stand and if necessary, secure the tree to the wall or ceiling with some rope to give it extra stability. Kittens and young cats especially will want to try to climb the tree.

When your decorating, don't use wire ornament hooks that can easily snag an ear or a tail, or, if swallowed, can lodge in the throat or intestines. Instead, fashion loops of yarn, ribbons or lightweight twine. And be careful not to leave any of that lying around either. You know how much we like playing with that stuff.

Ingestion of string, ribbon on gifts, or bulbs can cause what vets refer to as a foreign body. Prevent exposure of your cat to gifts unless supervised and try to use little or no tinsel on the tree or on decorations the we might get to.

Some cats will drink water from the tree. Don't use preservatives in the stand water. They can be toxic if consumed by a thirsty feline. Carefully cover the top of the stand with a tree skirt to discourage the drinking of the water in the tree stand. A good tip is to Sprite instead of water. The trees like, it and it won't hurt us if one of us drinks it.

There are any number of hazards during the holidays for cats. It is good for your humans to be aware of them and to take steps to make sure you are safe during this festive time of the year.

13 comments:

Sweet Praline said...

Thank you for the helpful hints about the Christmas tree.

I just love your hat!

Eduardo said...

Your so smart!
Hugs & Snugs
Eduardo the Snuggle Puggle

DEBRA said...

Those were very useful tips and thank you for sharing them. Mom says she only puts up 'faux' trees and she doesn't use ornaments because she doesn't want any kitties harmed during Christmas...

purrs
Abby

Daisy said...

This year we have decided not to put up a Christmas tree on account of Harley. He is still just a kitten and acts very wild and crazy sometimes.

Jimmy Joe said...

Those are grate tips, Diamond. The holly-days can be very daunting, for Beans, too.
Your buddy, Jimmy Joe

Cafe Cats said...

Those are great points about the tree. Ours is about one foot high and hides up on the counter away from kitties ...well, Iago is trying to figure out how to get up there, but he hasn't figured it out yet.

LOVE the hat!

Sara

meemsnyc said...

We agree that trees are fun to play with. Thank you for the great tips.

Mr. Echo said...

Wow we gots lots of unsafe stuff round heer. Good thing we dont mess with the trees! Grate tips, and I had to dubble chek to see if thare wuz water under the tree.

MoMo said...

Thanks for the tips to help keep us kitties safe. We don't have much decorations in the house and certainly no tree, certainly not after the demolition job I did first year I arrived.

You look great in that hat.

Evie/VampyVictor said...

Miss Diamond thank you for those reminders!
It also is a good excuse for Momma for having no chrissymassy stuffs about :)

V-V

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Or you could just be mean like our beans and only put up a little fake tree wif led lights.

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

I'll make I am safe: no tree AND no khat(s)!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Look at how festive you are!