Turns out there are a few things folks can consider when preparing for the Festival of Lights.
1. Trade in your Hanukkiah for an electric model
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But I now have three very active cats (two of them barely out of kittenhood). One of them in particular (that would be you, Faraday) does a passing impression of Tarzan, and the fire hazard is just too great.
So I'll be screwing in a new electric bulb each of the eight nights instead of lighting up all over the house.
When Ryker was alive, it wasn't such a big deal; he was a laid-back kind of a guy and just so long as I blew out the hanukkiahs before leaving the family room each evening, all was well.
But for those of you who know my herd on twitter....nah. Not a chance I'm willing to take!
2. What is it with cats and cords?
This goes for both the Christmas tree and the Chanukah menorah: some kitties just can't resist gnawing on those cords. If your fur-kids indulge, you might want to invest in a bottle of bitter apple. Cats find its taste to be unpalatable so it works nicely as a deterrent. Though the best solution might be to consider purchasing cords that shut off if damaged.
3. Tinsel: it's not just for Christmas any more.
Chanukah is considered to be pretty kid-centric and as such, there are many sites that sell - yes - Chanukah garland.
Those metallic little dreidels and magen davids are just cat-nomming (and choking) size.
If you plan to decorate with tinselly garland, make sure it's out of reach of your four-legged tree-swingers, too.
4. All that glitters is not gold...but it is nommy!
In 1920's America, the tradition of giving gelt (Yiddish for "money") took a delicious turn. Now, kids everywhere vie for shiny, foil-wrapped pieces of chocolatey goodness in the shape of coins.
Unforunately, chocolate is not good for kitties. And of course, shiny as they are, they can become kitty magnets. The gelt strewn about my home in various candy dishes will probably get a boost - up out of the way of enterprising paws - this year.
5. Kittens do not make good Chanukah gifts either.
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Pets should never, ever EVER be an impulse purchase, and the person on the receiving end of such a gift really needs to be involved, as this involves not only the personality of the person receiving the pet but the personality of the animal itself.
This is so important that the ASPCA recently instituted a program called Meet Your Match, which assesses the personalities of both person and cat and attempts to guide adopters into finding the perfect match for them.
That's it for my Top 5 for Chanukah-proofing your home. No matter what holiday you celebrate, may it be merry...and safe...this year.