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Have a Safe Christmas with your Cat

Updated on February 13, 2015
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Vladimir is a former champion ratter (retired). His hobbies are bushwalking, birdwatching and nature studies

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How to have a safe and happy holiday season for humans and cats

At Christmas time, remember your animal companions. Keep them safe during the holiday season,

I remind all people that, in the midst of the family feasts and the exchanging of gifts, there are plenty of activities which can be dangerous for pets. Especially for cats.

Christmas Trees, Christmas lights, tinsel, shiny decorations, they all hold dangers for cats - and don't forget the rich food!

Here are my tips to make sure every member of your household enjoys a happy and safe holiday this year.

Avoid the Treacherous Tinsel!

Cats must stay clear of Tinsel
Cats must stay clear of Tinsel

Don't use tinsel around cats! We can chew on it and choke, and if we manage to swallow it, we sustain serious internal injury.

Contact the vet immediately if your cat has swallowed any tinsel.

Cats must NOT play with Christmas trees
Cats must NOT play with Christmas trees

Cats and Christmas Trees

Practical Tips on Christmas Trees for People

I do get so tired of humans passing each other information on cat-proofing a Christmas Tree. I ask you, why bring a tree into the house if it's not for the enjoyment of all who reside therein?

A tree right there inside the house, with lots of branches to climb, toys hung invitingly on every branch, lights to see the toys better.... what a joy!

Many humans will even put the trees in front of the window to ensure an excellent view from the top.

When I was a young kitten, the woman used to keep a small spray bottle full of water nearby and spritz me when I attempted my trek to the top of the tree. I have forgiven her for this affront, I was young at the time. So was she. However, spritzing certainly works, and you should keep a bottle of water handy

I have seen alleged 'advice' given to spray the tree with citronella or products based in citrus oil. Citrus Oil is Poison!

Danger in the Christmas Tree
Danger in the Christmas Tree

A Cat in Danger!

Be realistic - your cat will try to climb all over the Christmas Tree, and, take my word for it, sooner rather than later.

Make your Christmas tree as stable as possible. The base must a lot heavier than the top

If you have a live tree, never let us drink from the water in the tree stand. Commonly, aspirin or special chemicals are used to help preserve the tree . Deadly stuff for cats!

Harmful Plants

While I am on the subject of plants...

Holly, mistletoe, poinsettias, ivy and Christmas roses are all harmful to cats. Holly and mistletoe can be fatal!

Poinsettias and ivy bring on bad digestive upset and pine needles when swallowed can pierce internal organs.

Keep these away from us.

From Swish to Swoosh

If you must burn candles, please do so safely. I realise this is difficult for some humans to comprehend, but we are naturally curious!

Many a cat has ended up with burns to the nose, paws or tail from getting too close to a flame.

We have tails too, long, swishy tails.One swish, a candle tumbles over -- and swoosh!

Cats and Silly Caps

Look your best at Christmas

Vladimir's grooming Advice

At all times a cat should strive to look his best.

I have always kept myself groomed to perfection although, in these my vintage years, I may sometimes require a little assistance when it comes to knotty tail fur and other unaesthetic annoyances.

During the festive season, this is even more important than ever. When guests can unexpectedly knock at the door, who wants to be discovered in a state of deshabille?

I recommend an extra dust bath each morning, followed by strenuous rasping of the tongue as far around and down as possible.

If you experience difficulties in reaching certain spots, merely approach your human and place yourself in a prominent position for close eye contact. Look mournful.

The most advantageous spot to place yourself is on the kitchen table, preferably when a new tablecloth (white tablecloths are best) has just been set out. This always spurs your human to action.

Cats and Costumes

Never allow any strange humans - even if they are closely connected to your own- to drape you in objects which hold Yuletide significance for the great mass of humanity. By this I mean no scratchy coloured paper ruffs and definitely no silly Santa Caps. Exceptions can be made if the item of finery is tasteful and discreet. A small ribbon, in red or green, is perfectly acceptable and does not make a cat look foolish.

You may, depending on your mood and if you're feeling particularly mellow at the time, allow a photograph to be taken of yourself. If a flashbulb is used - leave the room immediately.

If your own human insists on bedecking you with some bauble that only a dog would wear, make your feelings known in no uncertain manner.

Cats should avoid alcohol

Cats should always eat Cat Food

This may seem a superfluous item of information but I will state it just the same for the benefit of those people who perform outrageous acts at Christmastime and forget what food they leave around for a cat to nibble..

Cats eat cat food!

Don't tempt me with any of your rich exotic Christmas delicacies. Don't leave chocolate lying around, or sweet puddings, rum balls, macaroons, marzipan or Christmas cake with icing. Please! We are cats, not people. This food makes us sick. Probably on your lap.

Real Christmas Album sung by Real Christmas Cats - The Jingle Cats

"Let heaven and nature sing" wrote George Frederick Handel in his Christmas hymn, "Joy to the World".

The Jingle Cats took him literally.

The Jingle Cats Dream of a White Christmas - The Original World Famous Jingle Cats

The Jingle Cats White Christmas was released in 1995 by Jingle Cats Music.

1995 Jingle Cats Music.

All Rights Reserved.

Snooze under the tree, not on the tree

Safe Snooze under the Christmas Tree
Safe Snooze under the Christmas Tree

© 2008 Vladimir

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    • AlishaV profile image

      Alisha Vargas 

      4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Great advice! I do miss tinsel, but have never had a tree tipped over since we started tying it to a hook in the ceiling. Though of course, none of the cats ever knocked down the tree, only the naughty dogs.

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      5 years ago

      You have done brilliantly on this page, I love it!

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      Missy Zane 

      6 years ago

      Great lens. My cats want to be Giant Squids!

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      David Dove 

      6 years ago

      Love the tree! Thank you

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      6 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      Vladi, you do the best lenses. No wonder you're a giant squid.

    • squid-pinkchic18 profile image


      7 years ago

      Wonderful lens! It's got great tips for cat owners!

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      7 years ago

      same is for dogs...wonderful warnings.. with cute pics...

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      Kathy McGraw 

      7 years ago from California

      Great advice...we do forget some of these things. Oh, and I see they said you are one of their favorite cats...heck time to tell those HQ people you are THE favorite cat :)

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for the reminders about all those poisonous Christmas plants. Congrats on being one of our favorite crazy cat people. :)

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      7 years ago

      Very funny, love it! Reminds me of my two!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      The cats on here are very cute. Nice information.

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      7 years ago

      very cute lens! my cat enjoys the holiday season so much because our friends come to visit a lot and bring him various cat snacks.

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      capriliz lm 

      7 years ago

      Our cats enjoy the Christmas tree as much, if not more, than we - the mere humans who decorate it. Tinsel is definitely a no-no when you have cats.

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      7 years ago

      love the jingle cats! you made my day! We had a real problem with our siamese cat Dumpster, eating the tinsel on the tree. It was fine going in, but not fun coming out....shiny poop is not a great christmas present! thanks for the fun...

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      8 years ago

      I like a cat with strong opinions! Love your lens.

    • howtocurecancer profile image


      8 years ago

      So sweet cats, a blessed lens by a SquidAngel.

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      8 years ago

      Just let me hold on to my stuffing and we will get along fine :)

    • AlexandraHubbard profile image


      8 years ago

      Great information here! You have very cute pictures and a fun writing style.

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      elizajane202 lm 

      8 years ago

      I don't have a cat but grew up with them and I must say the tree was always a mess by morning. Love the cat song you have on. Tinsel is another thing people forget about during Christmas time with their pets, it can be very dangerous.

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      elizajane202 lm 

      8 years ago

      I don't have a cat but grew up with them and I must say the tree was always a mess by morning. Love the cat song you have on. Tinsel is another thing people forget about during Christmas time with their pets, it can be very dangerous.

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      Rhonda Albom 

      8 years ago from New Zealand

      You write very well for a cat. Hope you are looking after my friend. Blessings to you.

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      Cynthia Arre 

      8 years ago from Quezon City

      Very fun lens with a lot of good information on how to keep a home safe for kitties (and other pets, I believe)! My kitty loves looking at Christmas lights so we make sure to turn them on only when we're around to avoid mishaps. Merry Christmas Vladi, am a fan of your cat lenses. Send my regards to your "woman" too!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      9 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      And Merry Christmas to you too Vladi! You're right about so many things in having a good Christmas with your Cat. One of our cats does drink the water for our Christmas tree so I never put anything in it, except water. I tell her not to drink that water, but she's quite sure I'm wrong!

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      9 years ago

      Such good and topical advice Vladi. When I had cats we used to make sure that any baubles hung on the tree that were within their reach, were large and unbreakable. The cats used to have great fun seeing how quickly they could knock them off the tree and then chase them around the room.

      SquidAngel Blessings for a lovely lens that also made me laugh out loud.

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      9 years ago

      I've decided not to have a tree again this year, just for the reasons you mentioned. Wiley would probably be too nervous anyway. When my children were young I put the tree in the playpen to protect it from them. I don't think that works with cats though.

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      9 years ago

      Hey Vladi -- that cat in the Christmas tree! One of your friends -- where do you get time to take so many wonderful cat photos? You just never cease to amaze me with your feline abilities. I simply must get Boots up off her royal feline haunches and get her busy at the keyboard. ;)

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      9 years ago

      Top safety advice. You can't be too careful at Christmas with cats around. 5 stars.

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      9 years ago

      Hi Vladi. Love your picture! Cool lens. I'm a cat lover, myself, you know ;-)

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      9 years ago

      Very fun and informative lens! ***** It's the cat's meow!

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      Robin S 

      10 years ago from USA

      Excellent advice and those pictures are adorable!

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      Susan Deppner 

      10 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Hi Vladimir.

      Thanks for your good advice. I remember when I swallowed a string of tinsel (they called it an "icicle") that I pulled off my family's Christmas tree. It did come out the other end, but my human was certainly worried and has never used tinsel since then.

      So nice to make your acquaintance. Have a meowy Christmas (a little cat humor there).

      Dandy (Susan52's cat)


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