How to Cat-Proof Your Christmas Tree
One of the greatest joys in life is sharing experiences with your animal companions. Ah—there’s nothing better than cozying up in front of the Christmas tree with your cat and a cup of hot cocoa. So decorating a tree during the holiday season might be a bit more difficult with a feline in your home. Cats may be enticed by a tall tree decorated with shiny objects and may even jump on them, knock them down, or make off with the decorations.Think about it. From your cat's perspective, a Christmas tree may be the best gift ever. So keep kitty safe by taking some precautions to cat-proof your Christmas tree ahead of the holiday.Luckily, you can use a few simple tricks to help keep cats safe.
How to Deal With Cats and Christmas Trees?
For a little rustic charm that will keep the cats away, Tricia advises spraying a few pinecones with apple cider vinegar and placing them at the base of the tree. Cats generally hate the scent and will likely avoid the area.
- Did you know that cats don't fancy the smell of oranges? It's true. So take advantage of their aversion by eating an orange and placing the orange rinds beneath the tree! You get all the benefits of the vitamin C and none of the headaches that come with a cat getting too close to the Christmas decor.
- Keeping the cat away from an artificial Christmas tree is a snap thanks to a quick spritz of a citronella and water mixture or a store-bought cat deterrent, like Four Paws Keep Off spray.
- You know what seems fun to a cat? Playing with a Christmas tree stand. Remove the temptation! If you have an artificial tree, you can simply cover it with a piece of fabric or a tree skirt. But if you have a real tree, things get a little dicier. In addition to being fun to play with, cats also like to sample the water. Unfortunately, pine oils can be harmful, so you need to restrict access by covering the opening with aluminum foil.
- One of your cat's main reasons for the season is pawing at your beloved Shiny Brites. If you don't have the heart to constantly clean up shattered ornaments, simply secure them to branches with wire or twine.
Consider a fake one
Real trees can be great, but pine needles can be dangerous for cats who love to chew on foreign objects. If ingested, they can pose a serious health risk. You can easily find a fake tree that still looks realistic, and you can use it year after year.Sure, real trees have their charm. They’re also incredibly messy. Fallen pine needles can puncture paws and pose a serious risk to curious chewers. An artificial tree will override this hazard.Thankfully, fake trees won't dry up and drop needles (or at least not as many!) and their branches will be less tempting for your feline friend to taste. Nix the aluminum tree, though; your cat wouldn't be able to resist its sparkle.
You can keep a very special toy or carpeted cat-condo that only comes out at holidays. With enough distractions, your cat won't even be interested in the tree.
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*We hope to give you better ideas for your pet, but this information is not meant to be a substitute for veterinary care. Always follow the instructions provided by your veterinarian. If your pet feels bad, please take it to the veterinarian in time.