|'Tis the Season to be Careful...
|Christmas can be a wonderful time for your feline family
member to join in holiday festivities. You just need to be
aware of these potential hazards to their health
|Holly leaves and berries
are also toxic to your cat
|Poinsettias are highly
toxic and can quickly
lead to nausea/vomiting,
|Your Siberian is going to LOVE
Christmas. Often anything new
for them is like Christmas
morning anyway. But when
Christmas morning REALLY
arrives, then they are doubly
excited to get into the
|Siberians naturally love heights and climbing - it is instinctive. So, it is a
guarantee that they will love your tree when it is put up. There is no such thing
as 'guarding' the Christmas tree. You need to accept that your kitty will do some
exploring. So - let them.
|Let them help to set the tree up, and tree skirt on. Having a sturdy stand for
your tree, and balancing the tree is important to make sure it survives the
|Go ahead and put your
lights on the tree.
|Then leave the tree at that decor level for several days.
This will allow your Sib to explore without hurting
themselves or breaking your ornaments.
|After two or three days, you'll notice they may like to lay under the
tree and look at lights, but the thrill of climbing it is gone. You can
now decorate with your ornaments.
|*Note: your kitty may look at and smell the lights, and may try to taste them. Watch
to make sure they don't try to chew the lights on the lower branches of the tree
|*Note: if you use Christmas tree preservative in the water of the tree stand,
make sure this is covered securely with tree skirt so they can not drink. It is
another source of water, and they will attempt to drink this. It is TOXIC - !!!
|For your enjoyment:
Click the Wreath to
be instructed by
EXPERTS on how to
set up a Christmas
|Don't leave your beautiful food
spread unguarded unless food
dishes are covered - Thou shalt not
tempt thy Siberian beyond their
will power - and a lot of human
foods are not good for your kitties
[maybe a little turkey treat later]
|When you are ready to decorate your tree, have
an extra box hanging around for your baby to
play in. They will want to help you with all the
pretty things...but if you give them a piece of
tissue paper balled up in a box, they may be
able to be amused for awhile.
|Place a few cute,
ornaments on the lower
branches of the tree
for kitty to bat at, or
at least smell.
(not painted ornaments
as that may contain
|Be careful with use of ornament
hooks, as those could possibly
injure kitty by swallowing
|Put your "snow" on the tree if you
must, but NO TINSEL (sorry). These
are strings to be played with, chewed
on, and swallowed. [when a cat chews
on string, once it gets past a certain
point, it can not come back out
without your assistance. They will
keep working at swallowing it] Tinsel
has been known to cause some serious
gastrointestinal discomforts, and
|Place delicate, breakable
ornaments high on the tree,
and secure them well.
|April 25, 2012
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|Electrical Cords - several stern "NO's",
and picking the kitten up and moving
them somewhere else can help to distract
kitty and teach him. For more persistent
kittens, there are ways of hiding the
cords with rugs (careful - there can be
hazards in doing that as well), or duct
taping the cords to the floor
|Disclaimer: Please pardon the blatant bias to the Christmas holiday.
I send holiday greetings to all of you who celebrate Hannukah, among other traditions.
But I refuse to be politically correct when it comes to this most Holy Day of the Season!
|Make sure kitty doesn't get too close to
the fireplace - have a sturdy screen to
cover the hearth and prevent access to
the flames and embers.
|Keitta Customers are saying:
"Merry Christmas to both of you, and
thank you for one of the best presents I
could ever have (My Barley Bear!!!!)"
|Background Music by Celtic Lore - Coventry Carol