A Tree For Kitty
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With the holidays coming up there’s so much cat owners have to do to safeguard Christmas trees and other holiday décor from curious and playful cats. Well, after you’ve kitty-proofed the tree, the lights and all the other decorations, how about creating a little Christmas tree just for your cat? Here’s what we do at our house:
I have a little table-top artificial tree that I put up in a location far away from the family tree so it doesn’t create any confusion. On my cat’s tree I place lots of little toys such as furry toy mice. For the holidays I buy packages of white toy mice to create a wintery look on the green tree (ok, it’s a stretch I know, but my kids love it). I don’t hang the mice with anything, but rather, just place them on the various branches so they can easily be batted off with the swipe of a playful kitty paw.
Instead of lights on the tree (which of course wouldn’t be safe), I create glittering color by placing lots of little red and green Mylar balls throughout. These balls are great because they’re very colorful and they make a wonderful sound when your cat bats and plays with them.
For stockings, I place a few catnip-filled cat toys (that come in the shape of socks) on the tree as well.
When I’m shopping in the cat toy aisle at my local pet product store I’m always on the lookout for any little toy that would be a great addition to my cat’s tree. Last year I placed a few toy squirrels and chipmunks around the tree to give it an outdoorsy/woodland look.
The great thing about creating a little cat Christmas tree is that you’ll be stocking up on a good supply of solo toys for kitty that will last throughout the year. Once the holiday is over, I store many of the toys and then re-introduce them to my cat as other toys wear out or get lost in that vast black hole under my living room sofa.
Have you ever created a little Christmas tree for your cat?
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