December 2009 Issue

Hazards of the Holiday Season

During the festivities, hereís how to keep your cats safe.

Cats, being the inquisitive creatures they are, appreciate things that are new and different. Because the holidays bring an array of novel and interesting stimuli into the home, the curious kitty can certainly get into trouble. For the climbing kitty, a holiday tree offers the excitement of the outdoors inside the home, and even an undecorated tree is not without risk. Unless the tree is anchored, the results can be devastating. "Iíve heard many stories about Christmas trees coming down," says Pamela Perry, DVM, lecturer in farm-animal behavior at Cornell Universityís College of Veterinary Medicine. Anchoring your tree to the ceiling or back wall with a cup hook and some wire or string may keep your cat and your tree from coming to harm.

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