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Christmas is a wonderful time of the year, yet it can be a risky time for your cats and dogs because there are so many things going on, new possible dangers are introduced, and it's difficult to keep an eye on everything. For your pet's well-being, make sure you've eliminated the following hazards as much as possible.

Christmas decorations

Supervise pets (especially kittens and puppies) around fragile glass baubles and ornaments. Ideally, ornaments should be large and unbreakable to ensure your companion's safety.
Christmas tree tinsel is particularly dangerous because it can cause intestinal blockage if swallowed. Icicles made out of solid material are a better choice.
The following items should be out of your pet's reach (if this is not possible, your pet should be supervised when it's around them): fairy lights, candles, ribbon, pine needles, plastic kids' toys, and other items that can present a choking hazard.
The electrical cords used to power Christmas lights should be located out of your pet's reach, or at least covered so your pets can't chew on them.
Make sure the Christmas tree is anchored well so that pets can't knock it over by accident.

Food hazards

Keep medications and foods that are toxic to cats and dogs out of their reach. Onions, grapes, and macadamia nuts are toxic to cats and dogs, so make sure your pet doesn't get these by accident. Don't give your pet chocolate and other sweets. If you're not sure what foods are safe, check out our lists of foods dangerous to dogs and foods dangerous to cats.
Don't give your pet cooked turkey bones (any bones, actually) because they can splinter and puncture the intestines.
Keep garbage out of your pet's reach. Animals can be interested in chewing on tinfoil or plastic that has been wrapped round meat.
Ask your guests to keep drinks up off the floor because alcohol is extremely toxic to animals.
Make sure the plants that are toxic to pets, particularly mistletoe, holly, poinsettias, and lilies, are placed out of your pet's reach. See also poisonous indoor plants for cats.

Other hazards

Don't leave winter chemicals such as antifreeze anywhere animals may access them. They are extremely dangerous to pets.
If you use chemicals to extend the life of a Christmas tree, make sure pets cannot access them.
Too many unknown visitors, Christmas crackers and other noisy items may frighten your pets, not to mention people themselves become loud and clumsy, and they can even step on your companion. Make sure your cats and dogs have a safe quiet place to hide away until the celebration is over. If you lock your pets up in a separate room, make sure you've provided them with enough food, water, and a litter box.

Read also: How to Create a Safe Home For Your Cat, 15 Ways Cats Celebrate Xmas