If we’re not careful, cats and Christmas can equal complete chaos. From how to keep your tree standing, to giving Felix a break from the festivities, we’ve listed some Christmas tips for cat owners to give you and your fur babies a stress-free yuletide this year.
The shiny, dangly baubles; branches made for climbing; an alluring angel waiting to be knocked off the top: Christmas trees are a dream playground for adventurous cats.
But as many of you will be all too aware, cats and Christmas trees are not a good mix. To keep your moggy from injuring themselves and the tree toppling over, place your tree in a corner or somewhere you can secure it to a wall or ceiling using fishing line.
Don’t leave your kitty alone in the room where your Christmas tree is placed. That means taking into consideration their sleeping space in case their usual spot would mean nighttime opportunities to tamper with the tree.
Chocolates on the tree may be a nice treat for your human family, but give them a miss if they’re in reach of your cat’s claws. Chances are they won’t be good for their health!
It’s likely that you’ll have extra wires around at Christmas time too, for fairy lights and window decorations. Make sure they’re not somewhere your cat can easily catch themselves or try to chew on them.
Some common plants dotted around our homes during the festive season are poisonous to cats. Be wary of keeping mistletoe, holly and poinsettias around your cats or risk a trip to the vets for an upset stomach.
Gift Wrap & Presents
Don’t forget to take care of what’s under your tree too. You wouldn’t want Ginger getting their paws on any neatly wrapped presents before you do… that wrapping paper will soon be destroyed!
Keep presents safely stowed in big gift bags that your cat won’t be able to get into.
Festive food is a favourite part of Christmas for most people, and you might be tempted to pop some of your leftovers in your feline’s bowl, so they can enjoy it too.
However, human food is best kept on human plates. Just as Christmas tree treats may taste great to us but be harmful to cats, the same goes for many other foods at this time of year.
If you don’t want your cat to miss out on the festive cheer, why not treat them to a toy that they’ll love instead or some tins of their favourite Meowing Heads food? Wrap it up and let them enjoy tearing the paper off!
Take a break
Houses full of guests, lots of noise, and disruptions to routines mean Christmas can actually be a pretty tiring and stressful time for our cats.
Create a safe space for them to take a break away from the festivities. A visitor-free room with their bed, food, litter tray and toys is perfect.
It’s also worth remembering to arrange a cattery or pet sitters as far in advance as possible if you’re heading away without the cats for Christmas. It’s a busy time, so don’t get caught out by leaving it too late to find suitable care for your beloved fur family.
We hope everyone has a clawsome Christmas without any cat-related mishaps! If your cat has caused some mayhem over the festive season in the past, we’d love to hear your stories - send them to us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.