Yes, it’s true, Christmas is upon us yet again. A time of fluffy white snow, happy children, beautifully wrapped gifts and exceedingly large meals. Or, if you’re a cat owner, a time of missing ornaments, broken baubles, toppled trees, and shredded wrapping paper. The antics of the family cat can be a welcome distraction when the discussion gets a bit too heated around the dinner table, but just as cats enjoy all the new toys there could be some hidden dangers too. Here are some things to think about this holiday season.
The Christmas tree
“What could be better?” says the cat. “The joys of the outdoors in the warmth of my living room!” Christmas trees are a cat’s dream come true. Many cats, especially kittens, find climbing the tree irresistible and will stop at nothing to try to make it to the top. You can try all sorts of deterrents, including aluminium foil around the base (cats hate walking on it) and keeping a water spray bottle close at hand, but it usually won’t stop them trying at least once. Many cats also hate the smell of oranges, so some people say keeping orange peels under the tree can help deter climbing……….