Avoid low-hanging, breakable ornaments and dangling lights.
According to Shell Meador, owner of Oklahoma City holiday decorating company Ms. Christmas, low-hanging ornaments are asking for trouble with pets in the house. “Pets like to lay underneath the tree,” she says, “and low-hanging ornaments will get broken and tangled.” It’s best to hang heavier, more breakable ornaments up high, and to avoid lights or garlands that dangle too low. Cat owners beware: if you’re worried your feline friends will still be able to get to your ornaments, consider un-breakables. “Opt for plastic bulbs instead of glass,” advises holiday expert Felicia Ramos-Peters, founder of GetHolidayHappy.com.
Not a fan of plastic? Celebrity pet and family lifestyle expert Colleen Paige favors more organic alternatives. “A good choice is handmade paper ornaments or dried fruit like apples and oranges hung by thin twine,” she says. These ornaments won’t hurt your pets if chewed or ingested (though they could pose a choking hazard), and they’ll give your tree a homey, rustic appearance.