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10 Ways To Pet-Proof Your Christmas Tree

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5. Put Off Decorating

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Once you pick your tree, it's always enticing to decorate it right away. However, leaving an unadorned tree up for a few days can help your pets get accustomed to the new decoration and can take away from the excitement of all the ornaments later on.

6. Smelly Stuff

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There are certain scents that are off-putting to animals but not a huge deal to animals. Cats hate the smell of citronella, so you can spray some pine cones with the scent and use them on your tree. It will keep the cats away from the tree, and it will keep your decorations in place!

7. Touchy Feely

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There are certain textures that animals can't stand, either. These would include aluminium foil for cats, and double-sided tape for both cats and dogs. Putting these textures near your tree will keep the pets away!

8. Oo, shiny!

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Just like you love the shiny Christmas ornaments, so does your cat. Anything reflective or glass will only draw in your cat's attention even more, which could lead to some problems. Wooden, plastic, and felt ornaments are your best options.

9. Safe Cords

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One of the biggest safety hazards with Christmas trees and pets is when your rascals start chewing on wires. This can give them electrical shocks which can be extremely dangerous. Covering any wires with plastic tubing or cardboard can help prevent them from chewing, just make sure you don't end up creating a fire hazard.

10. Get Loud

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Attaching noisemakers or bells to your tree can not only scare away your pets, but it will also let you know when they're nearby. That way, you can go shoo them away before they have the chance to do any real damage!

What are your tips for a safe and happy holiday season with pets?

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