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Choosing The Right Animal For My Kids

I have always been one of those people who loves animals, but the same can't be said for my kids. They had a natural tendency to shy away from pets from an early age, and it was really interesting to see how much of a difference it made to start looking into buying an animal. We talked with them about the different breeds we were considering, and before we knew it, they had warmed to the idea. Check out this blog for great information on choosing the right animal for your children, so they can stay safe and happy every day.



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Holiday decorations can look really great in your home. However, holiday decorations can present specific risks to your cat, so you are going to want to make sure that you protect your cats from your holiday decorations.

#1 Cover Up Tree Water

If you have a real tree that you need to water, you are going to want to cover up the tree water at the bottom of the tree. The water for the tree may have chemicals, pesticides and fertilizer from the tree that will seep into the water. All of those chemicals can harm and even poison your cat. Put some aluminum foil around the top of your tree's water holder to keep your cat out of it.

#2 Be Careful with Fragile Ornament

Be careful with ornaments that are fragile. Do not hang fragile ornaments near the bottom of the tree. If you have fragile ornaments, put them on the top of the tree where your cat is less likely to get to them. You don't want your cat to break an ornament and cut themselves on the glass.

#3 Put Your Tree Somewhere You Can Close Off

Some cats just can't help themselves when it comes to trees. They just want to climb up and play with your tree. If you cat will not stay away from your tree, make sure that you put it in a room that you can close off. That way, you can keep your cat away from the room where your tree is unless you are directly supervising your tree.

#4 Avoid String-Like Material

Avoid decorating with string-like material. You don't want to decorate with strings, ribbons or tinsel around your house. Cats are attracted to shiny things, and they will want to play with and potentially eat these types of decorations. Eating string-like material can be really damaging for your cat. String like material can get wraps around their digestive system and require surgery in order to get rid of. If you want to use string like material, you are going to want to use thick paper bows or really thick cloth ribbons that a cat will not be attracted to and will not be able to easily eat.      

#5 Keep Holiday Plants Away from Your Cat

Keep holiday plants away from your cat. Poinsettias have mildly toxic effects if your cat eats them. If your cat eats mistletoe or holly, they could really damage their digestive system and their health. Holiday flowers like amaryllis and lilies are also toxic for your cat. Keep these types of holiday plants out of your house, or at least keep them in rooms that your cat cannot access. 

Talk to a veterinarian for more help.