Years ago we had live Christmas trees. When Hazel came to live with us, we decided after the tree came tumbling down that perhaps an artificial tree might be a better solution. Not only for our ornamnets’ sake but to keep her safe too. Pine needles are quite sharp and might even cause internal injuries if ingested and they are potentially toxic to cats. The tree water is also dangerous for cats to drink because it is full of pine resin and possibly flame retardant chemicals. You can wrap aluminum foil around the tree trunk to keep your cat from scratching or climbing and out of the water but we decided it was too stressful worrying about Hazel and opted for an artificial tree.
Switching to an artificial tree eliminated the tree water but there are still other dangers lurking for your cat. Your cat may still try to climb the artificial tree, chew on the light cords, and possibly step on broken ornaments. And your cat might decide to chew on the branches of your artificial tree too.
What is a cat parent to do when it comes to the Christmas tree?
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Most Heartwarming Story Contest
Thank you to Helen Woodward Animal Center for sharing this wonderful story of pet adoption from their Most Heartwarming Story Contest . Abby and Duncan’ story was submitted by The Animal Rescue League of Elk Grove, an Iams Home 4 the Holidays participating organization, in 2007.
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Walkin’ in a Kitty Wonderland Photo Winners!
Our friends at Purina and Petco offered some great holiday decorating tips for you in their latest edition of Purina Purr. I was super curious how you and your cat decorate for the holidays and asked you to share with me photos of your cat and any special holiday decorating you do with your feline friends in mind. I want to thank all of you that sent in super cute images of your cats. There were so many to choose from that we allowed independent judges to choose the winners.
Decorating with your cat!
In my habitat, things are beginning to get a bit more interesting. Lots of shiny objects are coming out of boxes and twinkling lights are being strung across the mantle. Even my sunroom takes on a winter wonderland feeling when the blinking star garland takes it’s place and the Christmas tree is adorned with ornaments in the shapes of many of my favorite animals.
My parents make sure all the super shiny glass ornaments are resting out of my reach and they place the soft satin and other unbreakable ornaments on my little tree in the sunroom. This is better for everyone, including me, because after all I am a cat and when the lights are twinkling and the glass ornaments are super shiny and interesting to touch, sometimes the glass ornaments leap off the tree and crash to the floor. Shards of glass are not good for any of us.
Walkin’ in a Kitty Wonderland Photo Contest
Our Welcome Home Snowman is Glowing Bright!
The holiday season is in full swing. I can watch pretty twinkling lights outside my window at night and my window Snowman has come back to visit with me for awhile. He shines brightly in the early evening and slowly changes colors from red, to blue to green. At night whoever is home first, either my mom or dad, they make sure they plug in the snowman to greet each other. We have a code for the snowman’s colors, green is for my mom and me because we have green eyes, blue is for my dad because he has blue eyes and red is because we love our family and friends.
After the snowman is twinkling bright, my mom or dad scoops me up and holds me so I can see out the window and we watch as the car pulls into the driveway and wave a happy welcome! This makes us all laugh and I squirm to get down so I can run to the door to give a proper greeting.
Last year, our poor snowman wasn’t feeling well and he lost his glow. We were super sad. We thought about getting a new snowman but that didn’t seem right after all it wasn’t his fault he lost his ability to twinkle. My dad tried to find a replacement bulb for him, but wasn’t having much luck. The snowman sat in the window with me, but he just didn’t seem like himself.