Cats and Christmas Trees Don’t Mix

Chicago Apartments, Cat Holiday Tips

There is something about Christmas trees that makes cats go crazy. They climb them, chew them, bat at them – they basically do anything and everything to try and knock your tree down or break all of your ornaments. This is just a proven fact.

Not only is your cat climbing or messing with your Christmas tree bad for your ornaments, but it could be a safety hazard for your cat as well as a fire hazard if your tree has lights. In order to avoid any cat-and-Christmas-tree-disasters this year, we’ve put together some tips to cat-proof your tree this holiday season.

Aluminum Foil

Putting aluminum foil around the base and trunk of your tree (and maybe some of the lower branches as well) will almost guarantee that your cat doesn’t climb it. Cats hate aluminum foil and will not dig their claws into it.

Get a Stable Tree Base

Christmas tree bases are not that expensive and could save you some serious hassle. It could also prevent costly damage to your ornaments or because of fire. If your cat climbs or bats at your tree you at least want your tree base to be able to prevent your tree from immediately falling over. This is a must for any cat owner.

Pick a Safe Location

Put your tree in a spot that is distanced from any possible kitty launch pads. You know the culprits – bookcases, the couch, shelves… Cats like to climb and when they climb, they tend to jump. The last thing you want is your cat launching themselves from your bookcase onto your tree. Just avoid that situation entirely and pick a smart tree location.

Don’t Decorate While your Cat is Around

You don’t want your cat to view ornaments as toys. Once they’re on the tree there is less of a chance of them doing so. But say the ornaments start off as balls on the ground with string attached? INSTANT CAT TOY. And once they see you put them on the tree, its still recognized as a cat toy, just one that they have to climb to get to.

Spray your Tree

There are sprays available that are supposed to help repel cats from trees. These sprays are not supposed to be detectable to the human noes, so don’t worry about it overpowering your Christmas cookie candle.

Contain Electrical Cords

Christmas light cords are like an open invitation to chew and pull for cats. Contain cords or tape them along the floor or wall. Also remember to UNPLUG when you’re not home. The last thing you want to come home to is a singed cat who chewed through your Christmas lights.

Consider Artificial

If your cat has a problem with eating fallen needles or chewing on tree branches, it might be a healthier choice for your feline friend to get an artificial tree rather than a real one. The lack of tree scent may also keep them disinterested for maybe a little while.

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