The ProperPet.com team
The ProperPet.com team
With the holiday season in full swing, you probably have your Christmas tree set up, presents wrapped and your home decorated. And if you’re a cat owner, you’re likely familiar with the havoc your feline friend can wreak on your festive decor. With all the shiny, flashy adornments all over the place, it’s impossible to keep him from swiping, swatting and jumping on your Christmas display. So what are some holiday items that your cat may get into, and what can you do to deter your kitty?
1. Low-hanging Christmas tree ornaments. It’s a guarantee that if your cat is drawn to shiny, flashy objects, he will knock low-hanging ornaments off the tree and possibly break them. Keep ornaments toward the top of the tree, especially delicate ones. The higher they are, the less likely it is your cat will reach them.
2. Dangling decorations. The Christmas tree isn’t the only thing vulnerable to your cat’s pouncing and swiping tendencies. Any decorations that hang or dangle are a prime target for your kitty to bite, swipe or jump at. If you do want to hang items like stockings, wreaths, beads, ribbons, etc., make sure you put them in a high place that your cat can’t reach or climb to.
3. Christmas tree. A lot of cats love to climb and some are daring enough to try this on a Christmas tree, which can be disastrous if your pet manages to knock it down. Put a pet gate around your tree so your cat isn’t able to get near it.
4. Gifts. Your kitty’s claws can do a number on presents under the tree. Not only does it ruin the surprise if your cat shreds already-wrapped gifts, but it could damage the actual presents too. Use the aforementioned pet gate to help in this instance too. Just make sure that all gifts are inside the gate tucked under the tree, out of your cat’s reach.
While salt on the street is super useful for melting snow and ice, it can also be harmful to our precious pets. It is important during the winter to take extra precautions to make sure our pets are not harmed. Even though our pets’ paws are tough enough for pavement, the salt can cause irritation and be uncomfortable for our furry friends. And even worse, if they ingest the salt it can lead to illnesses. According to Doctors Foster and Smith, small amounts can cause drooling and diarrhea, “while large amounts can cause excessive thirst, weakness or fainting due to low blood pressure, decreased muscle function and, in severe cases, seizures, coma and even death” (source). Doctors Foster and Smith suggest using a moist towel to clean off their paws, after walking on heavily-salted areas. In addition, use a salt-free ice melter on your walkways and driveways to help keep your pets safe during the winter. Happy Snowing!
To go along with our previous post about massaging your dog, here’s a link to a great video segment about pet massage. It explains the benefits of massaging your dog and includes some tips on how you can give your pooch a relaxing rubdown. This is a perfect way to give back to your adorable pup, who provides you with unconditional love.
This season give joy to your pets with gifts that bring smiles and melt hearts. Properpet.com offers a wide range of great gifts to please your pet. Below we provide some pretty perfect present ideas:
Pajamas: Keep your pup cozy with a comfy pair of pajamas – ideal for this time of the year. PetRageous offers various styles and sizes to suit your pup’s personality. Made of 100% cotton, the pj’s feature contrast ribbed cuffs and neck for your dog’s comfort. They are a great way for your pooch to stay warm, while keeping pet hair from getting all over the house.
Beds: To keep your dog (or cat) from sleeping on the cold floor, a comfy bed is an ideal gift to keep them warm. We offer a large selection of styles, colors and sizes to find exactly what you are looking for.
Matching Collar and Leash set: Keep your dog (or cat) walking in style with a matching collar and leash.
These are just a few ideas to get your started. For more ideas, visit properpet.com.
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The First Day of Christmas Proper Pet brings to you:
Ceramic City Pets Bowls and Treat Jars from Petrageous are idea gifts for your dog or cat this season. Made from hand-crafted 100% stoneware that meet FDA standards for the health of your pet. Each bowl and treat jar features an elegant design for a classy look in your home.
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