Aside from not decorating at all, there are some defensive maneuvers that can be employed to make your Holiday season a safe and happy one for your entire family, fur-babies included. Try to use the standard of having a 2 year old child at large in your home and go from there. Monitor your pets around trees and decorations as if you were chasing a toddler, and all should be Holly Jolly!
Holiday plants and flowers can be a risk when ingested so its equally as important to elevate your Holly & Poinsettias. The list is longer than 2 plants so in the interest of avoiding a drastic outcome, keep your festive fauna well out of reach. Remember, cats are very logical thinkers and love the challenge of reaching those up and away items so maybe just go straight for silk plants and give yourself a free pass on the toxic plant thing.
In the same way that humans get stressed over the holidays, animals can feel overwhelmed by the the constant stimulation of visitors and marathon dinner parties. Ensure that a quiet and calm space is available to your pet and provide food and water in that area. If you can't escape from the In-Laws, at least give your fur-baby a hideaway to scamper off to!
Another great holiday safety tip is to check doors and guests as your guests arrive and depart. All it takes is opportunity and a quick second for your pet to make a break for it, so make sure you secure all handles and latches behind your party goers.
With all of the preparation you put into a successful Holiday season, remember to take that extra step or two to keep you entire family safe and happy during your parties and gatherings. If having to watch the dog and/or cat is just one thing too many for you to manage during an event, it's OK to keep them safely kenneled or behind a closed bedroom door.