We all enjoy the Christmas holidays as much as you do. But we need to pet-proof our house so that all of us – including the pet – is prepared for the season.
It’s known to be quite difficult to keep your house in order if you have pets, especially delicate decorations and ornaments made from glass can easily break and injure them or you. During the holiday season, we tend to put in a big Christmas tree to our living space and it’s shining; it must be destroyed! Well, at least that’s what your pet is thinking. The holiday season may be one that’s quite chilly since it follows after autumn.
Unless you have a pet hamster or turtle confined to its box, you are not safe from the havoc pets can wreck on your carefully set up holiday décor. Let’s just say they makeit their life mission to bring down the tree or tangle themselves in Christmas lights.
But don’t let this dull down your festive spirits, here are 6 tips that will help you to decorate without the threat of your pet destroying it or harming itself.
Pet-Proof Tip #1: The Pet Area
Most pets are house trained and will listen to instructions. Designate a space for your pets to stay in until the festivities are in full swing, of course; they will stay with you where ever you go but putting their food trays and beds in separate rooms without decorations or any other hustle and bustle is very helpful in keeping your pet calm. They can get a little overwhelmed with all the more than usual activities. Hence it is best that they feel safe somewhere.
Pet-Proof Tip #2: Avoid Using Seasonal Flocking
Flocking is the white “fake snow” on trees and Christmas ornaments which can be very detrimental to the health of your pet if eaten. Go for a natural tree and wreaths to decorate your house if you have a pet.
Pet-Proof Tip #3: No Edibles
You probably share your cupcake with your pet each you eat me, but keep your creativity limited to plastic decorations unless you want to find the tree and ornaments all sprawled across the floor the second you remove your eyes from it. Do not put cupcakes candies or popcorns in bowls or on the trees.
Pet-Proof Tip #4: Avoid Glass Ornaments or Crystal Decorations
A crystal angel may be just the touch your room needs but bear in mind that your pet might just topple it over or worse shatter it which can be very dangerous and cause injury to them and you. Go for decorations that are plastic or unbreakable to avoid such hazards.
Pet-Proof Tip #5: The Candles
Candles add the final touch to your festivities, the excellent Christmas scents are difficult to avoid. However, candles pose a danger to your furry companions. Whenever you have lit candles, make sure you are in the room and supervise it closely. Do not let your pet near any lit candles.
Pet-Proof Tip #6: The Christmas Tree
Trees have oils can be very harmful to the health of the dogs and cats, if they even have a minor quantity it can harm their intestinal lining and cause a leaky gut which is life-threatening to them. The preservatives sprayed on the trees to keep them fresher for longer can be very harmful to the health of your pet. Always cover the base of the tree well, and you can also use a lemon-scented air freshener near the base to keep the pets away from it. According to VetStreet, you should elevate your Christmas tree.
Ultimately, a few minor adjustments to your holiday décor and your house can be helpful in pet-proofing your decorations and also keep them safe in the process.