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Ten Tips 'Til The Holiday: Hanging Tree Decorations

Ten Tips 'Til The Holiday: Hanging Tree Decorations

Our third tip as part of the Ten Tips series involves Christmas decorations. I already talked about the dangers of sneaky snacks and tumbling trees, but I'll discuss the ornaments that go on next:

  • Tinsel. These shiny strings appeal to kitties and puppies alike. If pets eat this stuff, it can slice up their gastro-intestinal system or ball up and cause an internal blockage. Tinsel and other small items are extra difficult to see on x-rays, meaning that it may take some time to diagnose . . . time that your pet will not likely have.
  • Hooks. Never use metal hooks to hang ornaments on trees in animal-filled homes. Pets could swallow it (think fishhook) or cut their paws if stepping or batting at these sharp objects. Try tying and looping ornaments on the tree with strings instead.
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  • Ornaments made of materials similar to their toys. Pets cannot distinguish between a furry or rubber pet toy, and a valuable Christmas ornament of the same makings. If you fear the decoration may confuse your pet, don't be a tease, and put it out of his reach.
  • Breakable Decorations. If your dog decides to take a bite out of a ball that is actually a glass ornament, he'll obviously end up with a mouthful of glass and, if kitty takes a swipe, she can get the same bloody result. If you have fragile or valuable ornaments that you treasure (or animals in the house you're equally attached to), don't put either at risk – stock those ornaments in a box for pet-free times.
  • "Distractions." Many kitty owners swear by the method of hanging appealing, safe cat toys at the base of their trees – this gives pets easy access to the proper items to play with, and hopefully discourages them from venturing any further!

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talrocks talrocks 8 years
Yikes!
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
Wow, that last tip is really GOOD. I never thought of that! My cats have knocked over the tree and bat at the ornaments all day long. They are cheap paper and plastic ornaments, so I'm not worried (and no hooks) but it's just annoying.
sugarbecky sugarbecky 8 years
So far my kitties have only knocked unbreakable ornaments off the tree, thank goodness. I tried to hang everything a little higher than usual, and so far it has worked. They're really more interested in laying on the tree skirt. :)
lemassabielle lemassabielle 8 years
I did not know that about tinsel. I caught my cat playing with it last night and took it away, thank god.
Kkkkkkkkkkk Kkkkkkkkkkk 8 years
Well I'm glad to hear it's not just my cat! It's his first year with a Christmas tree too and he thinks all his birthdays have come at one! A TREE? In the middle of the living room??? Covered with shiny, sparkley, jingly things????? Not for long... Every night I come home to find the bottom half of the tree stripped of ornaments and all the branches bent and buckled from him jumping into it. It's a nightmare for a Christmas Nazi like me ;)
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I had tinsel one year, and I was cleaning out sparkly hair balls and poo for weeks. i had to get rid of that tree and get a fake one!! You would have thought i was mining for gold in that litter box.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 8 years
Last year was my cats first year with a christmas tree. All of my ornaments had that gold string that comes with them. He managed to chew every single one of those gold string in half, resulting in a floor of ornaments. I would suggest picking a string that doesn't glisten and sparkle to catch the eye of a psychotic cat.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Oooo I didn't know Tinsel was that bad...good reminders Pet, thanks!
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