Cats and Christmas trees: How to stop a cat ruining the Xmas tree

Posted by Maggie the Moggie. December 6th 2013.

It’s the type of scene you want to blot out of your memory. You spend hours adorning your Christmas tree and are delighted with the results. It’s standing straight (or nearly!), the lights have been roped around symmetrically and the star at the top has been placed with authority. In short, all that going up and down the step ladder has all been worth it and you toast your efforts on your beautiful Christmas tree.

Then the next morning you get up and go to take a peek and find that it is at best, half collapsed against the wall or, at worst entirely horizontal along the floor. The decorations are scattered around it and the tinsel is stretched across the carpet. You thank your lucky stars you didn’t place any presents underneath.

Yes, there has been a cat attack!

Ginger CatWhy cats love Christmas trees

Let’s face it; cats think that everything exists for their gratification. The Christmas tree with its array of glittering, swinging ornaments is no exception. Once a curious cat gets started on the baubles and tinsel there is no stopping it. They are toys from heaven as far as it is concerned and are dangling there for its fun.

If you can shut your tree away in a room, do so. If not, the following tips will help.

How to prevent a cat attack on your Christmas tree

The good news is that your Christmas tree and cat can co-exist. You just need to take charge of the situation. One tip to avoid a cat ninja incident is to hoist your tree and leave it unadorned for a few days. This will give your cat the chance to get used to its presence. By the time you put the decorations on; it should be old hat for your feline friend.

If you don’t already have a cat scratching post, get hold of one in order to distract your cat from the tree once the decor goes up. Get one with a hanging ball or two to keep your cat entertained!

Scent repellants

There are some smells which cats can’t abide that will help keep them away.

A little bit of Citronella mixed with water and sprayed in a mist on the tree boughs will put your cat off without creating an unpleasant scent for you. Another tip is to spray pine cones with the same scent and place them at the base of the tree. Cats detest walking on pine cones!

Orange peelings scattered around the base of the tree will help keep cats at arm’s length; they are not fond of the citrus smell.

Cat safety

You need to take steps to protect your tree against your cat but also vice versa.

The needles on a real tree can puncture your overly-curious cat’s skin and are slightly toxic to chew on. You don’t want a poorly cat at Christmas an artificial tree may be safer.

Or why not try to make a cat proof Christmas tree, a much friendlier and fun tree for your precious feline friend.

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