How do you keep cats out of the christmas tree

How To Cat-Proof Your Christmas Tree This Holiday


One of the greatest joys in life is sharing experiences with your animal companions. Of course, it can be challenging at times to adapt to all their quirky habits. If you share your home with cats, you probably know exactly what that means. Cats are curious investigators—if you bring something new into your home, you can be sure they’ll inspect it. 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. Luckily, you can use a few simple tricks to help keep cats safe.

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Buying the Tree
  • 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.
  • Go for smaller. A smaller tree is safer for your feline friends, especially if they try to make sneak attacks on it. If the tree falls over, it’s less likely to hurt them—and it’ll be easier for you to decorate and clean up, too.

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Setting Up the Tree
  • Wait a minute. You might be used to busting out the ornaments as soon as you get the tree home, but it helps to give your cat a chance to get bored with the tree first. Set up the tree a few days before decorating it so that your companions can investigate it (and hopefully, soon lose interest in it).
  • Make sure that the tree has a solid base. As mentioned above, cats love jumping on trees, so be sure to set the tree up so that it won’t easily topple over. Securing it to a wall with some wire near the top can help keep it upright.

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  • If you do opt for a real tree, cover the water bowl with a tree skirt and place presents on top of the skirt so that your cat isn’t tempted to drink the water, which could sicken them.
  • Keep the tree away from launching zones (e. g., furniture) that your cat uses, in order to reduce the temptation to pounce on your tree.
  • Steer your cat away. Most cats hate foil and citrus scents, so wrap your tree trunk in foil, and place a few lemon or orange peels around the base. You can also place pine cones around the base.

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Decorating the Tree
  • Focus on the top half of the tree. Place ornaments where it’s harder for your cat to reach them—at the top and toward the center of the tree (instead of on the ends of the branches).
  • Take care with lights. Place lights toward the center of the tree so that your cat is less tempted to chew on the wires and cover the end of the wire that plugs into the wall with a cord protector. Always unplug the lights when you’re not able to supervise your cat. If your cat tries to chew the wires, it’s better to take the lights off the tree than risk your friend being burned or electrocuted.
  • Tie ornaments. Your cat can be injured by the little metal hooks typically used to hang ornaments, so instead, try tying the ornaments to the tree. Make sure the ornaments are secure enough that your cat can’t just run off with them.
  • Skip the tinsel. Tinsel may be cheap and flashy, but it’s a serious hazard to cats, who often can’t resist eating it and therefore risk choking on it or getting it stuck in their intestines if they swallow it. Go for other types of pretty decor instead, such as paper, wood, or vegan felt decorations, which are less tempting than the super-shiny stuff.
  • Avoid other holiday hazards. Don’t risk using decorations such as real candles, small ornaments that your cat could choke on, or fake snow (which may contain harmful chemicals). And be sure to keep foods and plants that could be poisonous out of reach—or better yet, out of your house. These include chocolate, mistletoe, lilies, cyclamen, poinsettias, and amaryllises, among others.

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Don’t Stress Too Much

Much like knowing that your cat will inevitably scratch your sofa at some point, it’s good to accept that some cats might climb on trees no matter what you do. So do the best you can to set up a beautiful (and safe) tree, but don’t fret too much if your cat decides to “redecorate.” Life is unpredictable with feline companions—that’s half the fun of it!

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How to Keep Your Cat Out and Away from the Christmas Tree

The holidays are like a gift that keeps on giving. From the Christmas presents, the Christmas parties, the Christmas cookies, and the Christmas trees, it's no wonder it's considered "the most wonderful season of all." But with all those good things come situations that test our merrymaking mettle. The Christmas lights have been hung with care, but apparently one of the tiny fuses has blown. A renegade toddler caught sight of a part-way constructed bicycle and wants answers as to why it's not being put together at the North Pole. And what to do when the family dog decides to sample the chocolate fudge right before company arrives?

Speaking of pets, remember that our furry friends require extra supervision during the holidays—especially around that tempting, fully decked-out Christmas tree. In order to prevent super-curious cats from mistaking the holiday tree for a new scratching post, you're going to have pull out all the stops with alternative decorating techniques, cat-repelling odors, and maybe even a little chicken wire. Cat-proofing the Christmas tree isn't just about vanity—some of the items on your tree can be very dangerous when ingested. And no one—especially your cat!—wants to do the countdown to Christmas from the vet's office.

How to Cat-Proof Christmas Light Wiring

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Everyone is mesmerized by Christmas lights—that's the whole point! Unfortunately, your cat may be compelled to act on her attraction by chewing on the wires. And whether the lights are shining bright or turned off, your cat can burn her mouth or even get electrocuted if she's chewing. So think about investing in a pet-proof cord protector to prevent injury.

How to Cat-Proof Christmas Tree Limbs with Bells

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You know how you have bells around your cat's neck to keep track of where he's going and what he's into? You can apply the same solution to your Christmas tree. Move your more precious ornaments to higher positions on the tree and layer in some jingle bells on the lower section. When you hear the ring-a-ding-dings, it's time to put a stop to the paw-ty.

How to Cat-Proof a Christmas Tree with Paper Garland


It's time to ditch the traditional tinsel. While it's not exactly toxic, it's also not easily digested. So when your dogs and cats eat tinsel, it can become an obstruction under their tongues or in their tummies, according to CL country vet Tricia Earley. If that happens, you'll be spending all your Christmas money on emergency surgery. Best to go with paper garland instead.

How to Cat-Proof a Christmas Tree with Treated Pinecones

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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," she says.

How to Cat-Proof a Christmas Tree with Orange Peels

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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.

Spray an Artificial Tree with Cat-Proofing Spray


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.

How to Cat-Proof a Christmas Tree Stand

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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.

Use Wire Ornaments to Cat-Proof a Tree

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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.

I have a Bengal cat - can I put up a Christmas tree?

The season is coming and it's time to put up the Christmas tree. Skipping a step, you bring in a box of special decorations - all those glass ones that hold important memories. Just as you place your favorite decoration in the best place on the tree, you turn around and see cats looking at their newest, best toy, a tree with lots of bright, sparkling toys on it. Don't be afraid. There is no need to abandon the tradition of putting up a Christmas tree and locking all fragile decorations behind a glass cabinet. There are ways to get Bengal cats and a Christmas tree.

The first step is the basic common sense of a Bengal cat owner. Do you have a lot of mental stimulation toys in your house? And do you spend time engaging your cat in games? If you don't do these two things, then bringing a decorated Christmas tree home will lead your cat to bad luck. When you bring in the Christmas tree, this is a good time to switch the toy rotation so that the cat toys feel new. Have you shopped online before? All these drawers make excellent locks for cats and nothing more. Assuming your cat's energy and intelligence needs are met, you can keep your tree safe.

When your tree first appears in the house, let the cats explore it while it's empty. These are cats; they are curious, the tree is a new object; this should be checked. Giving them that opportunity is kind. While they are exploring a new tree without any decorations, protect the environment. Make sure there are no cat scratching posts or furniture close enough to the tree that the cat can get to the tree by jumping off the nearest cat scratching post or furniture. Bengals would be thrilled to revisit an ancient heritage of living in trees, so don't give it a chance unless you want your tree on the floor. Move all tall cat scratching posts and cat launching furniture away from the tree while your cats inspect the tree.

The best and most aesthetic way to keep cats away from a decorated Christmas tree is to place strategically placed motion-activated balloons around the Christmas tree. Hide them behind gifts. Thus, when a cat approaches, it gets a breath of air in its face and hears hissing sounds that it does not like. This sends the cat in a different direction - hopefully the new cat-friendly playground you've created for this season. As a reminder, air cans and rustling litter rugs are great ways to keep your cat off shelves or kitchen counters.

Sprinkling water from a water bottle is not the best way to keep Bengals away from the Christmas tree. Firstly, some Bengals love water, and this adds to the fun. Hanging toys, water and wood - can life get any better? Also, if your Bengal doesn't like being splashed with water, then water bottles are not the best method of discipline because they bind you - on the other end of the water bottle - to that negative experience. Also, they are inconsistent, as you can only splash when at home and on guard with a bottle of water in hand. Airbags are consistent, and they don't equate a negative experience with you, the cat's beloved servant.

Placing balloons around the tree will scare away your cats, but what if you want your cats to be more entertaining this holiday season? You can find a happy medium. We traditionally place our more meaningful decorations higher up in the tree on strong strong branches. We fasten them tightly to the tree. We will then place secure shatterproof decorations on the bottom of the tree. If the cats remove or ruin the decorations on the bottom half of the tree, it won't be the end of the world. Because our cats have so many other ways to challenge their minds and release their energies, we've never had a problem using this more inclusive tree decorating method. Gifts, however, pose an additional challenge with this paper, which makes such a wonderful crunchy sound. Instead of putting paper-wrapped gifts under the tree, use Christmas boxes. These gorgeous boxes can be reused year after year and cats won't be able to unpack them until the big day.

Some go even further and put up a tree meant for cats. You can have a lot of fun with it, just like cats. Decorating a ladder for cats is a great idea. For them, this is a stable "tree" on which to hang toys. Or decorate the Christmas tree with cute Christmas cat toys especially for cats. Embrace your inner crazy cat desires with funny cat-only trees.

Christmas decorations often include lots of electrical cords that look like new cat toys to cats. You want your cats not to play with wires. Deterrents can be implemented in several different ways. Spraying bitter apple or bitter lemon on decorations you don't feel like chewing is an effective way to keep them away. You can purchase a cord protector to put it over the wires. You may need bitter spray to keep cats from nibbling on decorative ornaments. We have a lot of chewy cranberries on our Christmas garland that we didn't spray before the Bengals found them.

New Year with Bengal cats is a wonderful time of the year. You don't have to give up jewelry because you have Bengals, but you do need to have realistic expectations about how attractive your jewelry will be to your cats. Be prepared for their antics by providing them with safe, fun, energetic Bengali toys to play with and use restraints when needed. Keep them safe by protecting the electrical cords you plug into your home this time of year and keep toxic plants out of your home. You can have Christmas decorations and Bengal cats.

How to protect a Christmas tree from a cat

Is your cat so fascinated by the Christmas tree that he constantly tries to climb it, knocks down Christmas tree decorations, scatters tinsel everywhere and eats rain? Or did he even almost knock down the entire Christmas tree a couple of times? It would be wiser to keep your curious cat away from the Christmas tree if you don't want the cat to harm itself, the tree decorations, or people nearby.


  1. Choose your tree wisely.

A real Christmas tree is potentially more dangerous than an artificial one. a real Christmas tree has sharp needles that can cut or pierce a cat's skin. In addition, pine needles can release toxic substances if chewed (depending on the type of wood). Of course, chewing on fake needles isn't very healthy either, so make your choice of tree based on how you protect it from cats.

Select the tree size. A small tree is safer than a big one. it has fewer things that can be broken, or that can cause damage. If you have a kitten, it is better to put a small Christmas tree on the table.

If you choose a real Christmas tree, make sure the filler in the bucket is out of the cat's reach. If you put the Christmas tree in water, the cat can get poisoned by drinking from the bucket. If the tree is set in the sand, there is a chance that the cat will start digging into it. As a result, the tree may fall or the cat will shit in a bucket, and an unpleasant smell will appear in the apartment.

If you have a kitten, wrap the barrel with foil. Cats don't like to stick their claws into the foil, which means your cat won't make any attempts to climb the tree.

  1. Choose a strong and stable tree stand.

This is important for both pet and child safety. Please consult the seller when purchasing.

A strong and stable stand should also be given to artificial wood.

Use the bottom of the tree to hide poles or electrical wires.

Along with the stand, support the tree from the side of the wall or ceiling.

  1. Choose a safe place for the Christmas tree.

There must be enough space around so that there are no objects nearby that you can climb on. Bookshelves or other pieces of furniture can serve as a launching pad for the cat, and he will most likely take the opportunity to jump up a tree.

If possible, choose a place that can be closed at night so that the cat does not get to the tree when no one is around.

If the tree is shorter than 180 cm, you can stick the stand to the plywood with adhesive tape and place the tree on a low but stable stand. So the tree will be at a fairly high level so as not to interest the cat. Of course, you will need to make sure that there are no other objects around that you can jump on and jump over to the Christmas tree.

  1. Don't decorate the tree right away.

So your cat will have time to get used to the tree, and you can teach him to stay alone with the tree. To do this, fill the spray bottle with water. Set up a Christmas tree and let the cat explore it, stand a little further away with a spray bottle. As soon as the cat makes an attempt to push the tree or jump on it, splash water on him with the words: You can’t! The cat must understand that the tree is not his playground, and that you can’t get close to it.

You can also spray the tree with a citrus-scented spray. Cats don't like the smell of citrus.

An artificial tree can be sprinkled with essential oil, which will also scare away the cat.

You can also place tangerine or orange peels under the tree so that the cat doesn't want to go there.

Scatter pine cones under the tree, spraying them with essential oils. Cats don't walk on bumps!

  1. Decorate the Christmas tree by keeping the cat away.

It's very difficult to mess around with the Christmas tree, decorations and breakable toys when a cat is running around, knocking things you have carefully hung off the Christmas tree. Your cat will think this is some kind of game.

If you do decorate the Christmas tree in front of your cat, don't tease him with toys. So you just give him the freedom to think that you can play with shiny toys and things when you want.

  1. Choose less cat-friendly jewelry.

Some of them are simply irresistible as they shine, sparkle, shimmer and wobble. While matte or less shiny jewelry that doesn't wiggle are also less attractive to cats. Avoid excessively twisting and swinging jewelry.

Some decorations will have to be completely abandoned. Rain is potentially harmful to cats who chew and swallow it. As a result, the cat may choke or develop other problems, such as intestinal blockage. Artificial snow is also toxic and should not be used if you have pets or small children in your home. New Year is quite an expensive holiday, bringing a lot of stress and without a cat who urgently needs an operation, because. he cut the intestinal wall with the sharp end or clogged it.

Also don't use real Christmas tree candles if you have pets. One quick swipe of the paw can easily ignite.

If you like to decorate your Christmas tree with food, choose carefully what to hang on your Christmas tree. Chocolate or candy is toxic to cats, although the smell of sweets is quite attractive.

  1. Place the most fragile or dangerous ornaments on top of the tree.

If there are no other surfaces nearby, the chances that the cat will get to the top are small. If you still decide to decorate the Christmas tree with rain, place it on top. Some people don't decorate the bottom of the tree at all. So nothing attracts a cat at the level of his eyes.

Some cats stubbornly climb up despite all your precautions. In this case, do not hang fragile or potentially dangerous decorations on the tree at all.

  1. Attach decorations to the tree so that they are not easily thrown or removed.

Use metal hooks instead of a loop of thread, ribbon, etc. However, make sure that you yourself can later remove the jewelry without much effort.

  1. Be careful with lights and electrical wires.

The Christmas tree is complete when the lights are on, but the wires might draw too much attention from a curious cat. Make sure the wires are sealed and in a hard to reach place. Don't leave the wires hanging, wrap them around the tree trunk to prevent your cat from chewing on them.

If possible, use cords that cut off the electricity supply when damaged.

Always turn off the lights unless there are adults in the room to supervise security.

  1. Now relax.

You did everything you could to keep the cat out of the tree and the cat out of the tree. Some cats still climb the tree, despite all your tricks. Well, let the cat enjoy the holiday and don't fall into despair if you can't outsmart the cat. Make sure you secure the tree: it is stable, there are no dangerous and fragile decorations on it, but there is a cat sleeping on the branches. Smile and take a couple of photos.


Distract the cat. Place his favorite toys in the same room as the tree. Let him take care of them, not the tree.

Use plastic decorations instead of glass ones. Wrap the wire around the branch instead of just hanging it from a loop.

Make sure that the cat is away from the gifts, otherwise he may tear the packaging.

Set up a children's fence painted in Christmas colors.


Do not spray water or oils on wood decorated with electrical appliances. This will cause a short circuit, and subsequently a fire.

Be extra vigilant with kittens. Make sure that they do not chew the wire and do not get electrocuted. Anything that spins and dangles draws their attention.

Never keep a kitten in a gift box, it is dangerous and cruel. If a kitten is desired and approved as a gift, hide it in another room and carry it out in your arms when the time is right. Make sure that every day there will be a responsible person next to him who will be able not only to admire, but also to properly care for the kitten.

Never wrap a cat in rain. He can scatter it around the house, and then chew and choke. Rain can not only cause serious harm to the cat, but even kill him.

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