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Last fall my parents got a kitten, so they figured it was best to not put up a Christmas tree. I made one from scratch last year that was kitten-proof. This fall my parents again got a kitten, Jazpurr (yes, we went with the alternative spelling because he’s just a jazzy purr pants!). He just so happens to be the world’s cutest kitten.
So again we had to figure out how to tackle the Christmas tree situation. We figured we would go for a real tree because it may be less toxic if they ate it than an artificial tree. We also thought it would be too dense and prickly that the cats would leave it alone.
Oh how wrong we were.
Within 30 minutes of putting the tree up Jazpurr was in the tree chewing on branches.
When he came out he smelled like Christmas and was covered in sap.
So this led me to think, how do you keep cats safe around Christmas?
Artificial tree vs. Real tree
If your cat is determined to eat the tree, neither one is totally safe.
Real trees are mildly toxic and could potentially puncture the intestines if a lot of needles are ingested (most cats don’t actually ingest a large quantity of tree needles). Another concern is the water the tree stands in-it can grow bacteria that can cause diarrhea. Tree water sometimes has additives in it to keep the tree fresh, which could be toxic to cats. If you opt for the real tree be sure to keep the tree water covered.
With artificial trees you don’t have to worry about water or intestinal puncturing, but that doesn’t mean they are a better option. The tree material can contain toxins and are not digestible.
As a general rule if your cat is eating anything that isn’t something a cat should be eating, there is potential for complications. A lot of cats can keep their mouths off of the actual tree, but other things at Christmas can be more of a concern than the Christmas tree itself.
Working at a vet’s office I have never heard of cats having intestinal punctures from eating real trees, but that doesn’t mean that it never happens. Most cats don’t ingest enough tree material for it to cause any major problems.
Basically if your cat can’t be trusted make sure they are supervised while around the tree.
Common Christmas cat hazards
Tinsel: Just say no. Cats can’t seem to resist and nobody want a trip to the emergency vet over the holiday because your kitty ate a bunch of tinsel. It can get caught in their intestines and cause a blockage, which is an emergency.
Mistletoe and Holly: Both are toxic to cats so avoiding them around the holiday season is a good idea.
Lights: Chewing on the lights on the tree can cause kitty to get an electrical burn. If your cat has a history of chewing on cords I would suggest that your kitty only gets supervised time around the Christmas tree.
I entered my beautiful baby into a cover photo contest with Modern Cat magazine. You can vote every 12 hours and all you have to do is click the link and then click “vote for me”. Pretty simple. She’s got a lot of catching up to do so let’s help her catch up!
Click here to vote!
My family says it’s not what it looks like…
I have been working so much lately, making people triple soy caramel macchiatos with whipped cream, sugar-free vanilla, extra caramel drizzle, and cinnamon sprinkles on top. I’ve been doing that in mornings and cleaning up monstrous runny dog dumps at night.
I quit Starbucks though and got a job in a vet clinic, which I thought would never happen. I can walk to work at this clinic too. Things are looking up. This is the first Sunday in a really long time that I’ve had off. I’m spending it with a black cat cuddling with me.
Photographing a black cat isn’t easy. Maya usually just ends up looking like a one dimensional black spot on the photograph. She absorbs all light and energy. I am starting to understand why black cats don’t get adopted as often. Don’t get me wrong, Maya is a big sweetie. She is just hard to see sometimes.
One time I walked around the house looking for her and couldn’t seem to find her. So I decided to just sit down in our black lounge chair to eat my breakfast only to discover that I was about to sit on Maya. It is a little frightening to suddenly realize there is an animal in your seat.
Anyway, I was excited to get my new camera because I figured I could finally take a picture of Maya where she actually shows up.
These photos were going so well I figured I might as well get a quick one of Harris, who is a great cat model. Needless to say, he is adorable.
I got a new camera so I could take better photos of animals. I’m pleased with the results (except for the fact that my software is too outdated to use RAW files…but that’s photographer talk).
My aunt found a kitten in her driveway that she is calling Dexter. My parents want him.
Who can resist that?
He looks much bigger in these pictures than he is. He’s just a tiny thing. 8-9 weeks old.
I’m still alive. I actually have time to read books for fun now since my class schedule is pretty easy this quarter. Needless to say, I’ve been spending most of my time reading. In between the books though, I started a 5 picture series. Each picture will be a portrait of a different species. My first model was a wonderful guinea pig.
The guinea pigs were amazing models.
If you are looking to get a guinea pig as a pet, make sure to check http://www.petfinder.com before you buy from a pet store. I’m sure “guinea pig mills” exist too.
I’ll post the other pictures in the series when I finish them all.
I visited an Alpaca Farm a few weeks ago with the Pre-Vet club at my school.
Alpacas live in herds, are originally from South America, and are similar to llamas. Unlike llamas though, alpacas were bread for their fur which acts similarly to wool. This fiber can be made into lots of different things like blankets and clothing.
These alpacas were very outgoing and adorable. I guess it’s not easy to find a good vet that treats alpacas, so I think they are something I’ll definitely consider as a career path down the road.