Holiday Hazards for Cats

The feline mind is inquisitive and cats cannot resist the lure of holiday decorations and changes about the home. There are several holiday hazards for cats’ health. Fortunately, these can be avoided. Follow these tips to enjoy the holidays and keep the kitty safe and healthy.

Christmas Trees

Christmas trees are irresistible to some cats. These trees, regardless of how sturdy the stand is, are not as solid as real trees with roots sunk deep into the earth. Cats often bring down Christmas trees. In the best of cases, this produces a mess. In the worst, broken legs, strains, and sprains may occur. The solution is simple: deny your cat access to the tree when unsupervised.

Holiday Decorations

Decorations and ornaments that adorn Christmas trees also present a risk. Tinsel is alluring to many cats, with its dangling flash and shine. Unfortunately, felines do not stop at batting at the tinsel but consume it. This may simply result in sparkly feces, but it may also cause a problem known as a linear foreign body obstruction. Tinsel is not the only decoration that may be swallowed and pose this risk. Jingle bells have been removed from feline intestines. Holly and mistletoe are also toxic. Decorate with care.

Wrapping Presents

Generally, the presents under the tree do not pose a hazard. The wrapping, however, may be dangerous. Bows and ribbons have the same risk that tinsel and decorations offer. Obstructions of foreign bodies in the digestive system are quite dangerous. Avoid dangly packaging.

Christmas Tree Water

A final note about Christmas trees is the water in which they sit. Cats are contrary when it comes to their sources of drinking water. If the source distresses humans, they seem drawn to it. Chemically treated trees may not have safe water for cats to consume. A fake tree is a solution to this problem, as it eliminates water.

Fireplace Ashes

The yule log finally burns out, leaving behind piles of nice, fluffy ashes. While cats do not come to harm playing in cold ashes in the fireplace, they can get burned if they interact with the substance too soon. Even cold ashes produce a horrible mess if a cat decides to play in them.

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Gifts for the Art Lover in Your Life

As the holiday season approaches, now is a wonderful time to pick out the perfect gift for your favorite art lover. Fortunately, it’s a buyer’s market at the moment, and it has never been easier to purchase a truly stunning present online. Here are just a few gifts that artistically-inclined loved ones will cherish for a lifetime.

1. Edward Gorey Prints
As an author and illustrator, Edward Gorey remains one of the 20th Century’s most unique and visionary artists. His pen-and-ink drawings are legendary for their style and wit, and the Gorey estate now offers prints of some of the artist’s most famous works for purchase.

2. Drawing: For the Artistically Undiscovered by Quentin Blake and John Cassidy
As an artist, Quentin Blake will be familiar to many people for his illustrations of beloved Roald Dahl books like “James and the Giant Peach” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” In this book, Blake walks aspiring artists through the steps needed to become a first-rate illustrator. In addition to its fantastic illustrations, the volume includes a good set of pens and pencils and drawing and coloring exercises. This is a truly great and fun-to-read introduction to the world of artistic creation.

3. Original Pablo Picasso Drawings
Over the course of his artistic career, Pablo Picasso made thousands of drawings and sketches. Fortunately for art collectors, the sheer volume of original drawings created by the artist now makes owning a Picasso a very real possibility for art lovers on a budget. When searching out quality Picasso sketches on sites like eBay, buyers should be sure to check out the credibility of sellers in order to avoid the purchase of a forgery, but with a bit of research, a great original Picasso drawing can be had at a fantastic price.

4. The Deftness of Da Vinci (Taschen Books)
Leonardo da Vinci was arguably the greatest artist in history, and this wonderful collection of 600 drawings by the genius polymath will make a great addition to any art lover’s library. The Taschen publishing house is known for the high quality of its books, and “The Deftness of Da Vinci” is one of its best and most popular volumes. It is a definite must-read for anyone who wants to see what made Da Vinci humanity’s greatest thinker

If you think that the gifts mentioned above are too specific, think about replenishing your art lover’s supplies, with new paints, canvases, brushes, oil pastels, or whatever their favorite medium is.

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