Pets and Christmas Decorations

Deck the halls! Learn how to have pretty decorations that are safe for pets as well.

Now that you have your Christmas tree figured out, it’s time to bring out the rest of the decorations! I know that this provides a small challenge in my parent’s house because of pets. (They have three dogs, five cats and a new kitten.) It can be difficult because you don’t want your pet ruining your favorite holiday stuffed animals, chewing through cords and a whole host of other things that our furry friends have a knack for getting into.

So, decorate with pets in mind:

  • Avoid playing in the room where the Christmas tree is set up. Dogs can get very excited, and could accidentally knock over the tree, or ornaments. This tip comes from my own personal experience!
  • When you are setting up the Christmas tree, keep your pet in a separate room. With all the movement and commotion, a dog can easily become excited and want to join in on the fun.
  • Some furry friends also seem to like chewing on Christmas lights. If this is the case for your dog or cat, invest in plastic bulbs instead of glass. Or better yet, set the tree up where your pet can’t get it.
  • If your pet likes to chew on items, such as paper, it may be a good idea to keep presents out of the way until it is time to hand them out. Or simply keep them in a place where your animal can’t get to them, as opposed to under the tree.

While it can be a stressful time of year, don’t forget to enjoy this holiday season with your family, including the members with fur!

How do you keep your pets safe during holiday season with all your decorations out? Tell us in the comments!

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