My philosophy is everything is for the best, and Make your cross your crutch is a good thought to hold; so I remind myself that it takes fewer muscles to smile than to frown and no one sees the bright side of things when wearing dark glasses. But so many things go wrong at Christmas and let me tell you I’ve had it up to here with the whole Season.
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 everyone?
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-who-feeds-me 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.
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 poison for cats.
The Dreaded 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
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.
What’s wrong with this picture? Poinsettia – Poison to cats
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
Let’s all be sensible this year!