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Ten Tips 'Til The Holiday: Choosing a Tree

Ten Tips 'Til The Holiday: Choosing a Tree

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.

To see tips on where to place the tree,

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.

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hottpink hottpink 9 years
My hubby and I had to get an artificial tree....our kitties would have eaten all of the lower branches and we are not home during the day to tree supervise :) They still try to nibble on the artificial branches!!
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
B-Bop keeps trying to chew on the tree. He can't get to the water anymore, I piled the presents around it so he can't get in there. He does wig out when I turn it on tho. It'll be dark then I turn it on and he jumps in the air and starts running around all crazy. he's kind of a spaz
KatieDearest KatieDearest 9 years
One of my cats literally climbs about 2 feet up inside the tree and makes a bed out of the branches and sleeps in it!! He's a BIG cat too! I have no idea how he does it.
designergirl designergirl 9 years
I had to put the tree in a room I don't let the cat in. She broke three ornaments and knocked down the tree when I had it in the living room.
sashak sashak 9 years
Our dogs have never seen Christmas trees before, so it should be interesting when we go to my bf's folks house...
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
My kitties at my mom and dads love trees! They climb in them are play in them and even sleep in the Christmas tree!
autumnlover autumnlover 9 years
whoops wrong post!
autumnlover autumnlover 9 years
My pups would love this!
Miriam05 Miriam05 9 years
My cats have taken to sitting in my tree. I have one of those ornaments that turns the tree on and they've managed to figure out how to turn that on too. I've given up on fixing the tree every day. http://lspoon.wordpress.com
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