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Expert Q&A

My cats are very inquisitive and will investigate every new holiday plant and decoration in my home. How can I prevent them from doing potentially dangerous things, like drinking water out of the Christmas tree stand?

My cats are very inquisitive and will investigate every new holiday plant and decoration in my home. How can I prevent them from doing potentially dangerous things, like drinking water out of the Christmas tree stand?

BY: The Daily Cat experts

Many Christmas decorations do pose dangers to cats. Poinsettias, mistletoe and holly are all poisonous if ingested by felines, so be careful not to display them during the winter holidays. If you must display them, keep them well out of your pets’ reach.

Dr. Debra Primovic, a Missouri-based veterinarian and the managing editor of PetPlace.com, advises that you place your Christmas tree in a corner and secure it on the sides with hooks and clear fishing line. Select ornaments can be hung without hooks so inquisitive cats won’t swallow them. Cats also often find ribbon, garland and tinsel tempting, so it’s best to secure them or avoid using them altogether.

To keep the tree hydrated, try a tree stand that holds water. However, because this can attract cats, cover the bottom holder with foil or plastic wrap. Cats also dislike the smell of citrus, so placing orange and lemon peel around the tree will help keep curious kitties away.


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