One of the biggest concerns that I have when I start to decorate for the holidays is how my pets will handle the changes around the house. I love to put things up both inside and out, and since lights are an important part of this season’s decor options, I have to watch out what I choose to decorate with. I own cats, dogs, and a fish tank, all of which I am happy to bring into the fray. There’s nothing more fun than decorating and including even the pet members of your household, at least I think so.
Want to do the same? Here’s a few of the ways I decorated this season with my pets in mind.
Beware of Cords and Cables
Perhaps the biggest danger when it comes to decorating for the holidays with pets around is the cables and cords that come with all the coolest decorations. Whether you’ve made a DIY like the ones we have posted here, or if you’ve purchased something special instead, remember to beware of the cords.
Short cords that are tucked out of the way are the best way to keep your pets safe. If cords and cables are going to be on the ground level where your pets can at all reach them, make sure that the cords are the kind that don’t shock, short, or get hot. Lots of light strands out there get hot and can burn, but I decorated with lots of strands of BrightTouch lights on my tree and around on the walls.
The lights don’t get hot and I’ve even used a set to decorate one of our dogs for the local parade. Simply plug it into a portable battery pack and you will have some very bright lights for the entire parade and more. Curious pets, both baby and adult, at home won’t burn themselves either, meaning you can really decorate to the hilt without having to worry about anyone getting burned or shocked.
Put Glass Away
Another rule that I have when it comes to decorating for the holidays involved putting the glass elsewhere. No matter what I’ve tried, my cats and dogs are always knocking things over and hitting their tails into things. Glass ornaments or figures on shelves are always in danger when you have pets, so consider keeping them put safely away or in a room where the animals do not go.
Don’t ever use glass lights on your tree when you have pets. Not only can they break, but they can get hot too, both things that can cause harm to animals of all kinds. LED string lights can offer a brighter and much safer solution.
Christmas villages are not the best hobby for pet owners as they are mostly ceramic and can easily break. Glass ball ornaments are also a bad idea. If you must have breakable ornaments around, make sure they are at the top of the tree and consider anchoring the tree on the wall if you have cats who would otherwise pull it down and break even the ornaments you take time to put far up and away.
Make certain that your pets are always supervised around your decorations. You never know what might look appeasing to your animals, and what might harm them badly if they got too close or even ingested it. If you are like me and you love to put decorations everywhere, make sure that you have a safe zone for the pets for when you are at work or not at home.
For decorations in the safe area, keep them up and away so that the pets cannot reach them. We even decorated our aquariums, and if you choose to follow our lead there, make sure to take all safety precautions so that you and your fish are safe and cannot get shocked or electrocuted. Keep these decorations off when you are not around to supervise just to be safe.
Always take extra steps to make sure your pets are safe from the festive bits that you put around your home. By using safer lights and decor, along with keeping dangerous materials put away, and then being sure to supervise your pets when around your decorations, will keep your pets safe. Remember that your pets are part of the family, and you want them to be a part of this time of the year, so keep these things in mind for the best results.