Hooray, I bought my Christmas tree over the weekend! And, of course, as PetSugar, I had to purchase the tree from a local animal shelter where all proceeds go to the animals in need. Lucky for me, North shows zero interest in the Christmas tree, but I know that not all pet owners are so fortunate. Some pets are curious to sniff or snack on tree needles, and could get so eager about their investigations, that the tree comes a-tumblin' down. Not good! When picking out a tree, choose a large sturdy one that fits securely in its stand and, if you have a climb-prone kitty, consider tying the top of the tree to the wall to stabilize. Another great option is to purchase a mini Christmas shrub that can sit on a table or cannot be pulled over easily while on the floor.
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After getting the tree home, choose a spot that is not in a high-traffic zone. If you have a pet that's curious about the tree, consider putting it in a room with a door to shut so the animals cannot get inside unsupervised or spraying one of these animal deterrents on the branches. One of the greatest dangers – and temptations – on an undecorated Christmas tree is actually the water in the stand. Much like the toilet, thirsty pets may be tempted to take a sip from here, even if there is fresh water in their dishes. Even though it just looks like normal water to you, when sap or fertilizers combine with it, the resulting mixture can cause a tummy upset. Also, like dirty dog dishes, the standing tree water can have harmful bacteria present as well. If you think your dog or cat may be tempted to take a drink, consider stacking big boxes around the tree to provide a barrier.