How to Cat Proof Your Christmas Tree

cat proofHow to Cat Proof Your Christmas Tree

Naturally, cats love trees. They must be euphoric when they spot that tree with all of those dangling and glittering things.  I’m sure they’re thinking that they have just struck the cat toy lottery!

Okay, so cats may not really understand the purpose of a Christmas tree and they certainly don’t understand that those shiny bulbs aren’t hanging up there for their pleasure!  So, as you can imagine, it’s pretty important cat proof your Christmas tree before you end up with broken ornaments shattered on the floor, with your tree toppling over, or your beloved kitty getting injured. In many cases, if there is anything your kitty really wants or really wants to do… chances are, you’re not going to stop it.  Is anything ever really cat proof?  However, you can make it more difficult for any destruction or injury to happen.

Here are some tips on how to do just that:

  • The first tip won’t keep your cat out of the tree, but will keep your tree from tipping over. Try attaching a piece of fishing line to the ceiling from the top of the tree. You have to make sure that it is firmly attached at either end. Remember to choose some of the stronger fishing line, something that could bring in a thrashing sockeye, not something you would use for trout. Get the picture?
  • Try hanging ornaments by using wire ornament hangers. Tighten or clamp the hook around each branch with a pair of pliers. This will help keep any ornaments from falling. This may be time consuming in the decorating and tear down process but it will save some of your ornaments!
  • When everyone is asleep make sure that your kitties are safely secured in a room away from the tree. If they like to sleep with you, this could be the perfect way of protecting them and your tree.
  • Cats naturally hate the scent of oranges and citrus, so keep orange peels under the tree to repel your cat. If you have a plastic tree, you can use a small amount of Citronella oil shaken into a bottle of water. Mist this mixture on the tree to make it smell unpleasant to the cat. To you and other humans it will smell fresh and citrus-like.
  • If you have tiny little kittens, wrap foil around the trunk. They don’t like the feeling when putting their nails into it and this may help keep them from climbing the tree.
  • Now, here is the holy grail of tips: Do not, under any circumstances, use tinsel around cats! If you do, you can bet that they will pull it down and you will find tinsel all over your house. If your cant chews on it he can choke or face serious injury and a costly surgery (or worse) if he swallows it.
  • If you take boxes and cut holes into them (about the size of your kitty’s head) and leave them in the same room as your tree, there is a good chance that he will spend a good amount of time in the boxes, as opposed to in the tree.

We hope a few of these tips will help keep your tree cat proof, this year!  Do you have any tried and true methods that keep your cat out of the tree?  We’d love to hear! Good luck on your mission and Happy Holidays!

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