Kitten-Proofing Your Home for the Holidays

Kitten playing with ornament in a Christmas tree
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If your kitten has a penchant for climbing, you might be want to decorate your Christmas tree with soft or plastic ornaments that won't break.

Decor Damage Control

Tinsel and ribbon are also potential linear foreign bodies that kittens find attractive. Skip them when you’re decorating your tree and packages.


Speaking of trees, it’s a good idea to anchor it to the ceiling with fishing line. If your kitten decides to try climbing the Christmas tree, the line will keep your furry marauder from knocking it over. You may also want to decorate it with soft or plastic ornaments that won’t break — at least until your kitten outgrows the crazy stage. Even better, place the tree inside a playpen or exercise pen to help keep your kitten away from it.

That potpourri that gives your home a wonderful holiday scent? It’s coated with highly toxic essential oils. Some cats like to nibble on the scented stuff, but ingesting it can cause severe chemical burns to their mouth and esophagus. A safer way to get that holiday smell is to simmer cinnamon sticks, cloves and orange peel on your stove.

Greenery Guidelines

You’ve probably heard for years that poinsettias are toxic to pets. Although they can be dangerous, the holiday plants you need to worry even more about include amaryllis, lilies, holly, and mistletoe. If your kitten eats them, they can cause abdominal pain, mild to severe vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, kidney failure and even death, depending on which plant and how much of it he eats. Keep them out of your home or use artificial arrangements.

With a little forethought, it’ll be easier to keep your kitten out of trouble during the holidays.

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