Guest Post by Boris' Mom
My trusted breeder Joan of JFRH-Cattery was the first to alert me of holiday decorations and their dangers. She home-delivered my bundle of fur joy on December 24, 2012, and our enchanting Christmas tree was the main attraction for our new ragdoll kitten, Boris.
My tortured, hapless Christmas tree was a dreadful sight after the first 48 hours of Boris's arrival. Boris was chewing the holiday decoration with glitter, and the electrical wirings on the tree. The thousands of "No" was falling on deaf furry ears, his wild excitement could not be contained.
Normally every year my tree would stay decorated until after my birthday in January but last year was a first for me. Sadly I heeded cautioned and extracted all holiday decorations and my frazzled tree back to its storage boxes on Boxing Day.
This year I have not given our Christmas tree a second thought knowing Boris's destructive playfulness and his pilot's license, the tree would be his main landing strip.
My ragdoll Boris has a tendency to be airborne when he gets his "krazies".
A week ago my husband surprised me with a small, live potted fir variety. I hid the plant over night among my other "casualties of Boris" plants. I witlessly hoped the fir would survive the holidays and that I could research whether it was toxic to cats the next day.
"My furry ball of cuteness" Boris, saved me the trouble we awoke to find the tree beaten, dragged, fully plucked with feathered leaves on the living room floor the next morning.
Thankfully he was not harmed. I got down to my routine, "bent over" cleaning up his mess and like clockwork, he runs and spring boards onto my back and into the air. I have always suspected he is beating and uprooting the plants because he knows I will be his launch pad into the air.
I would like everyone to be aware of the dangers of some holiday decorations and plants to our beloved cats. I hope these links can be helpful to you:
Dangers and hints:
- Holiday Hazards – Tinsel by Princeton Veterinary Hospital
- How to Keep Kitty Out of the Christmas Tree
- 12 Tips For A Cat-Safe Christmas Tree
- Winter Pet Safety Tips
If you would like to be the adventurous one try hanging the tree from the ceiling. There is no guarantees that this will work especially if your Ragdoll can fly and has a pilot's license like my Boris. It does save a lot of space leaving room for your Ragdoll to romp as he likes without worrying that he will crash into the tree.
If you're not sure what the plant looks like Google - Image search it's name online
Cat safe house plants
Other common holiday items which are swallowing hazards to cats:
- Twist Ties
- Rubber Bands
- Adhesive Tape
- Cable Tie also known as "Hose Tie", "Zap-Strap", or "Zip Tie" or "Tie-Wrap".
These are usually cast aside without thought while opening our gifts.
Some Ragdolls like my Boris, are tempted to play with these items. They can chew bits off or even swallow them whole, requiring expensive invasive surgery or even worse death.
Please remember to secure them promptly away from your ragdoll while opening your gifts.
Do have a enjoyable and cat/pet safe holiday 🙂
Read more about things that poison cats:
- Ragdoll Cat Poisoning from a snow globe
- Holiday Alert: Watch Out For Plants Poisonous to Your Cat
- Poisonous Holiday Plants and More for Cats by Boris’ Mom
- Ragdoll Cat Poisoning from Bath and Body Works Plug in Air Freshener
- Read more about preventing pet poisoning