Cats May Lay Under the Christmas Tree Because It Makes Them Feel Safe - Awww!
A cat relaxing under the Christmas tree.
If you've noticed recently that your cat is snuggling up under the Christmas tree, stretching, and rolling around, it may be more than just wanting to get in the holiday mood. In fact, while the act is extremely adorable, you should be careful if your cat gets too close to the tree. We spoke to veterinarians Ignacio Casali, DVM, and Andrew Lee, DVM, to hear their thoughts on this holiday season behavior and what to do if your feline friend makes your tree their new humble abode.
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Why does my cat like to lie under the Christmas tree?
Watching your cat snuggle under your Christmas tree is adorable - and the reason for that is pretty cute. "One of the reasons cats choose to lie under the Christmas tree might be because they are interested in the decor and just enjoy playing with them," said Dr. Casali. While there may be other reasons, it is clear that part of cats' attraction to Christmas trees is the ornaments, which may just look like toys to them.
Aside from just wanting to get up close to the shiny ornaments and lights to play, there may be other reasons your cat might like to snuggle under the tree. "A Christmas tree is like a box of steroids to a cat," said Dr. Lee. "It can provide height, a place to hide, and it is full of toys - all things cats love." In some ways, it's the perfect playground for your feline friend. Dr. Casali agrees, adding that your Christmas tree could give them a sense of protection or comfort. All of these reasons may explain your cat's love for the tree and why they just can't get enough of lying on your tree skirt.
Is it dangerous for my cat to lie under the Christmas tree?
While it may seem innocent enough, you should always monitor your cat while it lies under or around your tree. Why? The reason is not so much the tree as the ornaments and lights. "This time of year we see cats coming to the emergency room with foreign objects in their stomachs, often from Christmas decorations," said Dr. Casali. "Cats like to play with the strings and ornaments they can swallow." Dr. Casali said owners should be careful when their cat is near the tree and try to keep them from playing with ornaments or lights. If a cat ingests any part of an ornament or other type of decor, contact your veterinarian immediately. It can make you vomit and have much worse effects.
Whatever the reason, one thing is for sure: your cat will be pretty insane if you cut the tree down, but at least it is less risky for her wellbeing and keeping her as safe as possible.
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