“Noted Pet Super Expert Guy” is my new title with Amy Guth and Jen Bosworth on WGN radio, as I spoke about how to pet-proof for Christmas (and Hanukkah, too).
My advice includes:
Remove valuable or breakable ornaments. Put them in a safe place away from pets.
“Hey Hey, Ho Ho Ho, that Tinsel’s Gotta Go!” is the song I’m singing… We oughta picket and protest against tinsel.
I have some problems with menorah or scented candles, including the danger they can be to pet birds. Burnt food, especially on nonstick cooking surfaces, is a problem for pet birds, too.
Products that enhance the life of Christmas trees may not work for the tree, and they may also be hazardous to pets.
Some pets are social butterflies… Others? Not so much. A constant flow of strangers can be traumatic for some pets. Pets who become anxious shouldn’t be forced to interact. It’s better to simply ensconce those wallflowers behind a closed door in a second bedroom or den. Plug in a pheromone diffuser (Adaptil for dogs or Feliway for cats), pump up calming music (so the noisy throng can’t be heard), and offer a distraction. For dogs, provide something to chew on or stuff some treats into toys. Similarly for cats, hide treats inside toys or offer catnip as a stress buster or distraction.
Jen also wonders if her mouse problem will be solved if she brings a cat into her home. I suggest that it depends on the cat…and the mice.
I also discuss the Windy Kitty Cat Café.