Keep Decorations Out of Reach
The most obvious way to manage this dilemma is by keeping decorations out of reach of your pet. Things like lights and tinsel should be strung high up out of jumping height of your dog and cat. This might be hard with an agile cat, so make sure to follow all of our other tips, too. It is very important to hang delicate or potentially hazardous ornaments on trees out of your pet's reach. Be mindful of tinsel, ribbons, and small decorations that can be enticing to pets but pose choking hazards or intestinal blockages if ingested.
Secure Your Tree
If you have a Christmas tree, ensure that it is securely anchored to prevent it from toppling over if your pet decides to investigate or play around it. Consider using a stable tree stand and positioning the tree away from areas where your pets spend a lot of time.
Choose Pet-Friendly Materials
Opt for pet-friendly decorations, such as unbreakable ornaments and avoiding dangerous materials like glass, fabric-based decor, and non-toxic foliage. Avoid using decorations that are fragile, sharp, or easily ingestible, as these can pose hazards to curious pets.
Conceal or secure electrical cords to prevent pets from chewing on them. Consider using pet-proof cord protectors or deterrent sprays to discourage pets from accessing electrical decorations. Using tape to stick down a length of electrical cord can also prevent your pet from getting access to it, and simultaneously reduce tripping hazards for your human loved ones, too!
Avoid Toxic Plants
It can be lovely to have live, seasonal plants at home. A real life Christmas tree, holly leaves and green-and-red plants can not only inspire Christmas joy but freshen the air and lighten the room. However, with a pet you have to be careful about the foliage you introduce into your home. Certain seasonal plants, such as poinsettias, mistletoe, and holly, can be toxic to pets if ingested. Opt for pet-safe alternatives or place these plants well out of reach of your animals.
Supervised Candle Use
Scented candles and seasonal candelabras are beautiful decorations, but potentially hazardous for all. All lit candles should be supervised, but with tall or curious pets, there's an extra risk of accidents. Don't leave a room with a lit candle.
Create Pet-Friendly Zones
If your pet loves that one specific armchair, consider their needs and place delicate decorations elsewhere. Designating specific areas in your home to your furry friend and reducing potentially hazardous decorations. This can include using pet gates or barriers to limit their access to certain areas.
Don't miss out on Christmas or potentially ruin the joy by implementing these pet-proofing strategies. Following these strategies, you can significantly reduce the risk of accidents and create a pet-friendly holiday environment that is enjoyable for both you and your furry companions. Enjoy Christmas with the wholefamily!