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Any sort of Christmas celebration is incomplete without decorating a Christmas tree. The majestic trees in the living room decked out with lighting, balls and other glittery items are something that goes without saying. Decorating the Christmas tree is one task that is enjoyed by people of all age group, irrespective of their gender or personality. However, the task is not really a cake walk for the feline lovers. The cats are basically the destroyer of decors all parties and get-togethers, but they take special pleasure in knocking down the decoration items of the tree. They clamber onto the branches of the tree and don't even hesitate in knocking down the entire tree sometimes. They even hurt themselves in the process.

General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home
You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.
General Cat Care #2: Feeding
An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).

Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.

Listing out the steps to decorate the tree is not enough for all the people who has got kitties at their place. So, the article has listed the various ways through which you can protect your Christmas trees from your felines. Check them out.

General Cat Care #3: Grooming
Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs
General Cat Care #4: Handling
To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.
General Cat Care #5: Housing
Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.
  1. Before you protect the tree, you need to protect your kitty. So, choose a tree that is safe for your pet. They might chew the leaves and end up having allergies and other problems. So, check the internet and find out which one is safe for them. Inquire the shopkeeper about the same. Artificial Christmas trees are a much safer option.
  2. You will have to think smartly when you are dealing with the intelligent felines. Keep the decoration of the lower part of the tree subtle while you can use your creativity at the upper part. The lower part will be more visible to the kitty and this may lead to more potential dangers. Keep the tree in a place where there is no furniture around, otherwise, it will become easy for them to climb.
  3. Cats have a special love for balls. Avoid the use of the same. If you still want to put them on the tree, then, you will have to get the same types of balls for your kitty. Get some new cat toys for the feline. This will keep her busy and engaged. Play and spend time with her because the moment she is bored of the toys, she will attack the decors.
  4. Use your imagination and decorate the tree differently. Use the items that adorn the event, but at the same time, it is not intriguing to the feline. You can use some cute socks. This will look good and the feline will be least interested in them. The cat stocking hanging from the tree will be enticing for your guests and won't catch the attention of the cat. You can even use the cat socks in decorating your place as well. This will give you a contrasting interior and will be cat proof.

It may sound impossible, but getting a cat proof decoration for Christmas is possible. Felines react to certain things in a different manner, but still, they have a very predictable nature. Just do a bit of thinking and you will be able to find a way.

General Cat Care #6: Identification
If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.
General Cat Care #7: Litter Box
All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).
Updated: February 24, 2017 — 5:55 pm

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