Thursday, October 28, 2021

Q&A with Simba



This column is the opinion of a 3 year old African Grey Parrot named “Simba” who has an extremely high intelligence level. While he does not possess a degree from any college or university, he does have a strong opinion of himself and feels that he is the best candidate to answer the complex questions of today’s discerning pets…and the humans they own…

Dear Simba,

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family. I want to start by thanking you for the informative and knowledgeable column you are providing for the community and their adored animal family members. A concern of mine over the holiday season has always been the Christmas tree and pets. The last couple of years I have neglected to put up a tree due to the potential safety hazard to my cat and dog. When they were young I had my first Christmas with them and wanted them to experience the joy of Christmas. Well, their joy soon turned into a toppled over tree and broken ornaments on the floor waiting for me when I got home from work…and I won’t even mention the candy canes that were hung on the tree that year nor the tinsel. Needless to say, the spirit of having that beautiful 7 foot tree in my home all decorated for the holidays has resorted to a foot and a half “Charlie Brown” looking shrub with lights on it that is a center piece on my dining room table. I so much want a big tree this year for the holidays but want my pets’ safety to be first. Any suggestions?


Scrooge, but not by choice

Dear Scrooge,

The inevitable Christmas tree dilemma with having pets is a concern with many people. When animals are young, they tend to be curious. Letting them roam around the house while you are not at home, especially during Christmas time can be very hazardous. The chewing of wires and such could potentially shock or cause them harm from electrocution. My suggestion to you is that if you want that big huge tree and your house looking like something out of a fairytale for the Christmas season; confine the beloved pets to a room in the house with no potential harm. The bedroom is a good place for this and if they are crate trained, it’s even better.

The last thing you want to do is come home, see your cat has climbed the Christmas tree thinking he has reverted back to his wild sanctuary days and revealed himself as your new star atop of the Christmas tree. As well as your beloved pooch who has opened everyone’s Christmas presents under the tree and successfully has chosen your husband’s new slippers as his new chew toy. While you are home and can safely supervise the “kids”, a good shaking of Cayenne pepper around the tree is a great way (and a natural way) to keep them away from the tree and the decorations.

Other than that, kids will be kids and they are curious little creatures especially during Christmas time. Who wouldn’t be, though? With all those blinking lights, the smell of fresh baked gingerbread, and the gathering of family and friends, it’s a smorgasbord of curiosity. It’s the time of year when it’s all about giving…not receiving. Although, I myself like the receiving part more than giving part. Just play it safe and use your best judgment. Merry Christmas to you and your family too, “Scrooge”… and Merry Christmas to everyone!

Happy Holidays,

Simba is owned by Christina Giordano. If you have any questions you would like Simba to answer, please email them to:

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