Let’s face it: cats and dogs are very curious creatures. When they see something large, green, and sparkly, they are bound to let their wonder get the best of them, which may not always be the best thing for them and your beautiful tree. Here are some tips to keep your pet safe and your Christmas tree unharmed this holiday season.
Trade Away Toxic Trees
Some Christmas trees, such as pines, firs, and cedar, can be mildly toxic to your pet. The needles can upset your pet’s stomach if they decide to chew on them. The branches might also be covered with pesticides and other toxic substances that could put your furry critter at risk. The easiest fix would be to stick to artificial trees that may not be as temptingly tasty. You may also choose to real, non-toxic trees that are organically grown without pesticides.
No Cookies on the Tree!
We get it – Holiday cookies look adorable when hung as ornaments… until your pet takes a bite out of it and knocks the tree down in the process! Instead, leave those cookies on a plate for Santa. Make sure that the ornaments that you do hang up are non-fragile and well-secured. If you do have fragile ornaments, put them near the top of the tree and away from the ground.
Test the Waters
Let your pet get used to having a tree around by putting it up without decorations for the first few days. Pay attention to how they behave with it in the house. Eventually they will leave it alone, and they won’t be as tempted to lay their paws on your precious ornaments once you add your decorations.
Hide the Presents!
Keep presents out of sight until Christmas morning, especially those that are bagged instead of wrapped in boxes. Instead, wait for Santa to drop them under the tree on Christmas Eve. Pets can be a little snoopy and might ruin the surprise for everyone!
The holidays are a wonderful time for everyone – pets included! – to gather around for joy and giving. Keep them safe and warm with lots of love!