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Seasonal Safety Reminders for Cats

By December 4, 2013

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Christmas trees are traditional for many families, but when families include cats, we need to keep their safety in mind when decorating the tree.

photo of cat looking at Christmas TreeFour of my cats are old enough that they are no longer interested in climbing our Christmas trees. However, they are not averse to batting the ornaments or even trying to sample the tree needles. But my two new kittens, Sage and Gaither, are going to be typical kittens, and I have no doubt one or both of them will be climbing our tree this year the first day.
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Yes, the holidays can be a challenge when you have a cat in the family, particularly a rambunctious kitten. But with a little judicious planning and a healthy application of common sense, you and kitty can not only survive the holidays, but enhance the enjoyment for the whole family. Here are some dos and don'ts for maintaining the safety of your cats during cold, wintry holiday weather.

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December 4, 2013 at 1:16 pm
(1) oneandahalfcats says:

We had to keep a close eye on Thomas last year as he was quite fixated and was having a great time with some silver heart-shaped glass ornaments that were hanging. We knew he was at the tree when we’d hear some tinkling and then the ornament dropping to the floor. We finally had to move the ornaments further up where he couldn’t reach them. That was his first year as a kitten. This year he is a lot longer in body and a lot more agile. We will have to devise some new techniques or perhaps hang the tree from the ceiling this year. :>)

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