How to flock a tree with lights

How to Flock a Real or Fake Christmas Tree

If you want to create a little winter wonderland (without the ice and snow!), you need to learn how to flock a Christmas tree. Flocking the tree you just picked out at the Christmas tree farm can add a magical touch to your Christmas decorations, even in parts of the country that seldom receive snow. The best part? It's possible to flock both live and fake trees. (Although Ree Drummond says a Christmas tree should always, always be real!) No matter what your preference, flocking is a fun family project that adds a special sparkle to any Christmas tree. While creating a perfectly flocked Christmas tree can be a tad messy, it's not difficult if you follow a few simple steps.

"Even if you’re not crafty, you can do this project," says Diane Davis, co-owner of Grandma Buddy’s Christmas Tree Farm in Sebastopol, California. "It's also a biodegradable product which contains a fire retardant, and because flocking will coat and preserve a live tree's moisture, you will not have to water your tree for as long as you display it. "

In other words, adding a flocked Christmas tree to your home is eco-friendly, safe, and makes your life easier. Here’s everything you need to know about how to flock a real or fake Christmas tree.

Buy bagged flocking.

Professionals use machines to spray on flocking, but you’ll be doing it by hand. Typically, flocking is made of cellulose paper or corn or wheat products. Davis recommends choosing the bagged flocking instead of the type you find in a spray can, which is more like spray paint and doesn’t give you the proper effect. Plus, it can get expensive because you’ll need a lot of cans!

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You also can buy flocking in bulk; it's cheaper, lasts a long time, and you don’t want to run out mid-project if you have a very large tree. Typically, one 25-pound bag can flock about four 6-foot trees, so you can use the extra in subsequent years or decorate wreaths, branches, or pine cones with it, too.

Set up your work space.

Weather-permitting, set up your workspace in the backyard or in the garage with the door open. Lay down a plastic drop cloth around the tree to catch drips. Get your tools ready, including work gloves (latex gloves work well, too), a surgical mask, and eye protection. Wear old clothes; flocking material does wash out, but it gets pretty messy.

Wet down the entire tree.

Whether you’re dressing up a real or faux tree, the flocking will not adhere to a dry tree—so give the tree a good misting. If outdoors, mist the entire tree with the garden hose.

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"You want it damp, not dripping wet," says Davis. If indoors, use a spray bottle (which will take quite a bit of time!) or a new garden pump sprayer. Those come in various sizes, but they’re inexpensive and will help the job go a lot faster.

Apply the flocking material.

Wearing gloves and a mask, sprinkle handfuls of the material on the tips of branches. You can also use a big sifter, but Davis says she feels there’s more control when doing it by hand. For the best effect, stick with flocking only the tips of branches, just as it would appear after a light snowfall.


“If you try to coat the entire tree by hand, it turns out looking gray instead of white, which is really unattractive,” says Davis. “Don’t try to get it all the way back on the branches because it doesn’t look natural." Step back and check it out from different angles to see where you may want to add more flocking.

Wet the tree again.

Now that you’ve applied the flocking, mist it all over again to help the material adhere to the branches. Don’t blast it with a strong spray, which will remove the flocking—just a light spritz of water will do.

Let the tree dry.

Allow the tree to sit undisturbed in a covered location for 24 to 48 hours so the material hardens. It cannot be left outdoors in the elements or the material will be washed off by rain or snow. The flocking should feel stiff, not sticky, when it’s ready to be brought indoors. Humid weather will cause it to dry more slowly, so be patient. You can also direct fans on low toward the tree to circulate air to help it dry. Once it’s dry, you also can apply a second coat to enhance the effect.

Bring your tree indoors to decorate.

Now it’s time for the fun part! Add lights and ornaments as you always would. If you knock any flocking material off, you can carefully touch it up. Follow the same steps, but just wet the specific area with a small spray bottle and make sure you cover the rest of the area with a drop cloth, says Davis.

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Afterwards, check with your municipality for how to recycle your live Christmas tree. For faux trees, carefully place in cool, dry storage until next year.

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Arricca SanSone has written about health and lifestyle topics for Prevention, Country Living, Woman's Day, and more. She’s passionate about gardening, baking, reading, and spending time with the people and dogs she loves.

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DIY Flocked Christmas Tree: How it Looks Five Years Later

It’s been a full year since I flocked my own Christmas tree. And since this is one of the DIY projects I get the most questions about, I figured this was a good time to update you all on how my DIY flocked Christmas tree is faring a year later.

(Update – It’s now been 5 years since I originally flocked our tree! I have updated this post to reflect how the tree has held up throughout that time.)

For those that don’t know, flocked Christmas trees are those beautiful snowy trees. Not the trees with white plastic needles, the ones that look like they have snow crystals all over them. They can be completely white or they can have just a ‘dusting’ of snow on the green branches, but either way they are gorgeous.

I wanted one of those beautiful trees so bad, but I couldn’t justify buying a whole new (expensive) tree when I had a perfectly good artificial tree already.

So I did what I always do in those situations – I figured out how to get what I wanted by doing it myself for way less.

And it worked! 

If you haven’t read about my flocking process, you can check out the full tutorial of my DIY flocked tree here. But suffice it to say, the tree looked amazing.

The flocking made the whole tree look fuller, more realistic, and more beautiful.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve gotten tons of questions about my tree and how it is holding up. So today I am going to share the good, the bad, and the ugly of flocking your own Christmas tree.

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Where did you get the flocking spray?

Lots of people have asked where I got the flocking I used and while I updated my original post to include this information, I am going to include it here too for those who missed it.

There are several ways to get a gorgeous flocked tree. You can buy one that is already flocked. You can have your tree flocked at some Christmas tree lots or florists.

Or you can do it yourself like I did.

Most professional flockers use a fancy machine to spray the ‘snow’ on but you can do it yourself without any fancy equipment.

Last year, when I decided to flock my tree, I looked into all kinds of ways to get a pretty snowy tree. Some people use spray snow or white paint. Some people stick cotton batting in their tree or make their own flocking mixture with glue and glitter and paint. 

All of these could be great options, but I couldn’t find a single picture of a tree that truly looked snowy that wasn’t done with proper flocking. 

So I decided to get the real stuff.

I did my research and purchased a five pound box of SnoFlock from Amazon. It worked beautifully!

It is true flocking powder and I can personally vouch for it. I used roughly half of a 5 lb box to lightly flock my 7.5 foot tree. You could probably get by with a 2 lb box if you don’t plan to heavily flock your tree.

This year I decided to do a little test to see if SnoFlock really is the best. You can see all the details of my quest to find the best flock here, but I’ll go ahead and share that I found SnoFlock and Sno-Bond Flock in a Box both work really well and look absolutely beautiful on your tree.  

(This is especially helpful to know because SnoFlock sells out frequently, so having another awesome option really helps.)

How messy is flocking a Christmas tree?

To be honest it is pretty messy. Verging on really messy.

The process of flocking the tree is quite messy and I would definitely recommend doing it outside or in a basement or garage where a bit of mess isn’t such a problem. It can be done inside though if that is your only option; just be sure to cover your floor with a drop cloth first.

Damp flocking will stick to both you and the floor as you are flocking your tree. It isn’t too difficult to clean up though. Just throw your clothes and drop cloth in the laundry.

Unfortunately, it continues to be messy any time you move the tree including when you move it into the house, when you decorate it, when you fluff the branches, etc. 

Whenever you move the tree, some of the flocking will flake off and land on the floor. 

But since it is now dry, it will basically be like white dust falling off the tree.  

It is very easy to clean up with a broom or vacuum and once the tree is decorated and just hanging out in the corner, it will stay fairly neat.

How has your flocked tree held up after one year?

As I mentioned, the tree does shed some of its snow whenever it is moved or jostled, so it will gradually become less and less snowy.

We are very fortunate to have a large basement so for the last few years, we have moved our entire tree to the basement without disassembling it. (We did this even before I flocked the tree.) 

This is the best time-saver ever and if you have extra room in your basement, garage, closets, etc. I highly recommend it.

We used to throw some old sheets over our tree to keep the dust off and then bring it back upstairs the next winter. We now use this Christmas tree cover bag to cover and move it and it is so much easier.

Because of this, I can’t say for sure how much snow would be lost in disassembling and reassembling the tree each year. I would imagine quite a lot – maybe even half.

I doubt all of the snow would fall off though. And what did fall off, could be easily cleaned up as you pack away the tree.

Even without packing our tree into a tiny box, we did lose some snow between decorating it, undecorating it, and then moving it to the basement. I would say we lost 1/4 to 1/3 of the flocking I had originally added.

Obviously these two pictures aren’t showing the exact same branch, but you get the idea.  After a year of use and then storage, it was looking a little ragged.

So this year before I brought it back upstairs, I added more. I still had plenty of flocking powder left over from last year so I pulled it back out.

I added more all over the tree and I still have maybe 1/4 of the 5 lb box left. Adding extra flocking probably took 30 – 45 minutes.

As you can see, I added more flocking this time than I did originally.  I wanted it to look even snowier, plus I knew that some of the snow was going to fall off.  

This time, I got a tip from the sellers of the flock to add a little white school glue to my water to help it stick better so I tried that. So far I can’t really tell if it helped the flocking stick any better than plain water.

This is the mess that was created putting on the lights this year. (I sadly didn’t realize I should have just left the lights on when I undecorated last year until it was too late!)  I love Christmas lights so there are seven strands of lights on there wrapped around each individual branch. 

If you just add a string or two, the mess will not be nearly this big. Also, this mess was definitely helped by my two year old who thought shaking the tree to watch the snow was really fun.

DIY Flocked Christmas tree five years later

Update! It has now been five years since I originally flocked our Christmas tree and we have been using the same tree every year.

There is a good chance we will be replacing the tree in the next year or two, not because of the flocking, but because some of the bottom branches are getting very droopy and almost touching the floor. I’m okay with that -it’s lived a nice long life for an artificial Christmas tree.

As far as the flocking goes, it continues to look beautiful. The flocking has not yellowed or changed in appearance at all from day one.

As I mentioned previously, the tree does lose a bit of flocking each year but I have not needed to add more flocking every year.

When I initially flocked the tree, I kept the flock fairly light. When I added more flocking the next year, I flocked it more thickly so it would be more white. Since then I have added more flocking only once more and it continues to look beautiful. And yes, I use the exact same Sno-Flock every time. I am a firm believer in sticking with what works.

Here is a photo of my tree from last year (year 5 of use). It honestly still looks gorgeous.

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And here’s a photo showing all five years we have used this same tree from year one on the left to year five at the right.

Is tree flocking safe for pets?

I have been asked this quite a lot – good for you conscientious pet owners! I do not have any pets, so I can’t say for sure. I do know that the flocking says it is biodegradable, environmentally friendly, and nontoxic.

It also says they recommend wearing a dust mask when applying it and that it should not be used by people that are allergic to trees or corn. (Yeah, I don’t know. That’s just what it said.)

Personally, I would probably skip it if you think your pet may try to eat it. Also, if you are worried about your pet tracking flocking powder all over the house, that could also be a problem.

Can you flock real Christmas trees?

Absolutely. You can use this on real or fake trees as well as wreaths, garlands, Christmas villages, etc.  It would actually probably stick better to a real tree as their needles are not as smooth and slick as fake ones.

Can you flock a pre-lit Christmas tree?

Yes! You definitely can flock pre-lit trees. While my main Christmas tree was unlit when I flocked it, I have since flocked a few smaller Christmas trees that were pre-lit. The flocking doesn’t adhere well to the lights, but some flocking does stick to them.

However, it doesn’t affect how the lights work at all – they still light up the tree beautifully.

If you are flocking an unlit tree, it is probably a bit easier to add the flocking before adding the lights, but either way is fine. Just remember to allow your tree to thoroughly dry after flocking before plugging in the lights.

Was it worth it?

Despite the messiness and the fact I needed to refresh my tree this year, it was 100% worth it to me. I think it turned a perfectly ordinary budget fake tree into an extraordinarily beautiful one. 

It was easy to do and fairly inexpensive. The mess is kind of a pain but is easy to clean up.

And I love the way it looks all beautiful and snowy.  

Have any flocking questions that I didn’t answer?  Leave them in the comments or email me and I’ll get back to you.

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  1. Tips for decorating the New Year Christmas tree
  2. Cut the tree to free up the place of place
  3. Set the stage with a beautiful wooden skirt
  4. Create handmade jewelry with your loved ones
  5. Make your tree with artificial snow
  6. Hang light vertically
  7. Stock with vintage jewelry
  8. Drapey tinsel with all branches
  9. Attach a ball of light to wood
  10. Change a woods from a wood collar
  11. Hine the most fragile decoration upstone
  12. Decorate with wood effect
  13. Keep it simple with clear ornaments
  14. Stealth in some personal touches
  15. Put your brightest decorations close to the fire
  16. Have fun with it

Decorating a Christmas tree can seem like an easy task. You catch the tree, cover it with lights and decorate it with decorations - what else do you need to do? But spend an afternoon chatting with a professional decorator and you'll quickly realize that there's a lot more you need to do - or at least a lot more you could do.

Over the years, professional decorators have mastered the art of decorating a Christmas tree, and in the process they have accumulated all sorts of tips for decorating a Christmas tree. From pruning branches to creating more space for decorations and installing extra lights behind the tree, their tricks range from classic to smart - and any of them are sure to make your tree more special this holiday season.

Alexis Garrett

chief designer for Alexis Garrett Design, an interior design firm based in San Diego.

Annemarie Schumacher

Event organizer and founder of Make Every Day an Event, an event management company.

Trim the tree to make room

Once you've got the perfect real Christmas tree, you might want to cover it up with lights and decorations. But experts recommend cutting the tree first.

“First of all, make sure the wood has layers,” says Alexis Garrett, Principal Designer at Alexis Garrett Design. "To create layers, you need space."

Garrett likes to start with the rarest tree she can find. She then cuts as many branches as needed to make room for lamps and decorations.

"As you trim, imagine creating space between each layer for light to bounce off of it, and enough space for each ornament to hang without touching the branch," says Garrett. "If the decorations touch the branches below, they won't shine."

Choose an unconventional palette

Red and green is a classic Christmas color combination, but it's not the only option.

“I love using non-traditional colors when decorating the Christmas tree,” says Annemarie Schumacher, event organizer and founder of Make Every Day an Event. Schumacher prefers white wood topped with gems, but any unexpected palette you feel drawn to should stand out on your wood.

Set the scene with a beautiful wooden skirt

Schumacher says her first few steps to decorate the Christmas tree are pretty easy. She puts up the tree to make it strong. She then hangs the decorations and burns. But she doesn't stop there. To keep her tree adorned from top to bottom, she creates a beautiful tree skirt.

“I love choosing the perfect wooden skirt,” says Schumacher. Wrapped around the base of your tree, this skirt can add brightness, pattern, texture, or even shine.

Although it can be tempting to equip a tree in one fell swoop, Garrett recommends resisting the urge.

"The next step for layering is adding light," says Garrett. "To demonstrate how serious I am about this move, I'm taking the time for it to become its own 'event', rarely doing lighting and decorations in the same day." This approach allows Garrett to put a lot of effort into lighting his tree - and just as much effort into decorating it with ornaments.

Create handmade decorations with your loved ones

Your tree is yours, so don't be afraid to decorate it with a few handmade decorations. “One of my favorite pieces is a chain of letter cards from a flea market from an old French card game that I tied together to write down the names of our two boys,” says Garrett. "I also love my paper chain that says 'I LOVE YOU'."

These unique touches will make your tree more personal and special. “Our tree is filled with stories and memories, and they are the result of handcrafting great pieces for little money over many seasons,” says Garrett.

If your DIY designs are easy enough to handle, you can even invite your loved ones to make them with you. Watch your favorite holiday movie and spend the day making wonderful souvenirs for your tree.

Get your tree covered in artificial snow

If you want your tree to look very festive, consider flocking it or covering it with artificial snow.

“One of the most popular tree transformation trends I've seen over the past few years is the flock,” says Schumacher. "A fallen tree looks like fake snow and just adds to the cozy feel of your tree. "

If you want to save time - and don't mind an artificial tree - you can catch an artificial tree that has already been planted. But you can also build your own tree - real or fake - with a DIY flocking kit, a little flocking spray, or a little flocking powder (all of which you can find online).

Hang the Light Vertically

Most of us wrap lights around our Christmas trees, starting at the top and working their way down, but Schumacher recommends a different approach.

“Instead of wrapping lights upside down, hang them vertically,” she says. "Divide your tree into three triangular sections and hang lights back and forth within each of those triangles."

This method should give you more evenly distributed light sources, and once you get the hang of it should be a lot easier than your traditional tree lighting approach. "You'll avoid those awkward moments where you're 'around the tree,' where it's difficult for you to run a string of lights from top to bottom, probably on a stepladder," says Schumacher. "It's an accident just waiting!"

Stock up on vintage ornaments

If your tree decorating routine includes buying new ornaments every year, consider taking a different approach this holiday season. Schumacher recommendation? "Vintage Jewelry!" she said. "You can find an endless supply of incredible, one-of-a-kind vintage jewelry on eBay, antique malls, thrift stores or real estate sales."

These unusual finds will surely make your tree unique. “Besides, hunting for these gems is a fun way to get into the Christmas spirit,” says Schumacher.

Drape tinsel from all branches

Garrett thinks tinsel is one of the most underrated Christmas items. Therefore, every holiday season, she tries to stock up on it - and fill her tree with it.

"Tinsel is definitely the best luck for your money," she says. "I think your tree looks old-fashioned and bright, two of my favorite things for Christmas."

Don't forget to sneak up on each branch. “I pinch them off a little and then stick them on all the branches,” she says.

Garret recommends bringing a couple of packs of tinsel. Garrett chooses silver, but choose any color you like.

Attach a ball of light to a tree

If you want your tree to look brighter, place some lights behind it. “After each branch is wrapped in white light bulbs, I take a couple full strands of lights and make a ball of lights,” says Garrett. "Then I mounted a ball on the branches behind the tree for extra sparkle."

When lighting trees, many of us focus on the front and completely ignore the back. (After all, it's not like someone will be sneaking up behind a tree and watching what we've done there.) But since light can shine from branch to branch, it's a missed opportunity to make our trees shiny and bright - and Garrett . the ball of light trick is an easy way to get around this.

Swap your wood skirt for a wood collar

If you want the base of your tree to look ornate but aren't really a tree lover, consider a tree collar instead.

“Tree collars have become super popular in recent years,” says Schumacher. These modern finds will secure your tree and give it an elegant look. And since they are available in a variety of materials, you can reliably find a wood collar to suit your space and your Christmas decor scheme.

Hang your most fragile jewelry upstairs

If you live in a house full of pets or babies, you should hang your jewelry strategically. “Before, I could only place my fragile treasures on the top half of the tree,” says Garrett. "But now my boys are older so I can use all my favorites all the way down to the bottom."

Consider who will be in your house before Christmas and hang your decorations accordingly. Keeping fragile pieces on top and strong ones on the bottom will help you avoid the grief caused by a broken piece.

Place decor under a tree

Storing gifts under a tree is a classic way to complete your decor scheme. But if you like to keep your gifts elsewhere, don't just leave the base of the tree bare.

“My finishing touches are actually at the base of the tree,” says Schumacher. "We don't put presents out until Christmas Eve, so creating a cute vignette under the tree is key."

She does this by pulling decor items from other parts of the house. Centerpieces, mantelpieces, and other Christmas favorites become decorations under the tree. “It just sets the tone for the wood—literally from top to bottom,” says Schumacher.

Keep it simple with crisp ornaments

Decorations, lamps and decorations take time to accumulate, so don't worry if you're just starting out.

“If you're just starting out or have never liked your jewelry, I'd say some of the most beautiful trees I've seen might just have a lot of lights, a few big clear glass balls and some tinsel,” says Garrett.

Focus on making the most of what you have. “As long as your tree glows as brightly as possible, it will be amazing,” she adds.

As long as your tree glows as brightly as possible, it will be amazing.

Stealth in some personal touch

Ornaments perfectly matched in color will make your Christmas tree flawless. But it's the personal touches that decorate your tree that make it truly special.

“Make your tree yours,” says Schumacher. "Decorating your Christmas tree, just like decorating your home, should reflect your family's personality, history, and traditions."

And Garrett agrees: "My number one idea is to make sure the décor makes sense."

So take a chance and create a handmade or homemade ornament for each member of your family. While these items may not look as polished as what you buy from the store, they will transform your tree from sleek to special.

Place your brightest decorations close to the fire

Increase the sparkle of your Christmas tree by placing your most reflective decorations next to your brightest lights.

“I especially like glass jewelry that is reflective,” says Garrett. "And I make sure to place them in the middle of the tree and next to most light sources so they can reflect brightly. " These metal decorations will act like little mirrors, enhancing the impact of each light source on your tree.

Have fun with it

After all, a beautiful Christmas tree is worth nothing if decorating it has made you completely miserable. So take a break when things don't go as planned and try to enjoy the process.

"There are no hard and fast rules," says Schumacher. “Holidays should be associated with memories. So don't worry and just have fun! »

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  • DIY Christmas wreath
  • DIY Christmas ball
  • How to decorate a Christmas tree in 2022?
  • DIY crafts from cones
  • DIY Christmas crafts for 2022
  • 28 Christmas Decorations You Can Make in 10 Minutes
  • How to set up a Christmas tree at home?


Are school Christmas trees poisonous to cats?

Are flocked Christmas trees poisonous to cats?

Is pack snow safe for pets? Flocking (artificial snow sometimes placed on live trees) can harm your dog if eaten, so if you decide to have a live tree, choose one that doesn't already have "snow" on it.

Is Christmas tree snow poisonous for cats? Artificial snow is very toxic to cats. Candles - your cat can knock them over and start a fire. Christmas Tree Pines are poisonous to cats, notes Pecha, because they can cause liver damage and be fatal. If you want a living tree, choose fir or spruce.

Why do cats like artificial Christmas trees? Some have suggested that this is because cats enjoy being outside and the trees remind them of nature. Some have suggested that this is because cats like lights and shiny decorations. For example, it may not be safe for cats to drink water that has a real tree sitting in it. They can do harm by swallowing needles or tinsel of a real tree.

Do Christmas trees make cats sick?

Christmas trees are one of many holiday plants that can be toxic to pets. Fir oil can cause profuse vomiting and salivation, and needles, especially sharp ones, are harmful to the animal's stomach. Beware of dogs and cats that eat needles, as they can puncture the intestinal mucosa.

How can I make my Christmas tree more cat-friendly?

Most cats hate foil and citrus scents, so wrap a tree trunk in foil and place a few lemon or orange peels around the base. You can also place pine cones around the base.

Is snow spray toxic to cats?

Artificial snow, which can come in aerosol and solid form, is another substance that is toxic to cats if swallowed and should be avoided. It can attract cats because it tastes very sweet. However, if swallowed, it can cause severe kidney damage and even death.

Can artificial snow be sprayed on a real tree?

And yes, you can collect real and artificial Christmas trees! Tools you will need to lay your Christmas tree: Snow flocking powder. Spray bottle with water.

What is flocking powder made of?

Flocking powder consists of a mass of tiny fibres. The flocking powder adheres to a sticky or sticky surface such as glue or sticky powder in combination with pigmented ink, as is the case with the VersaMark product. Flocking powder sticks only to sticky surfaces.

Are pine cones poisonous to cats?

While dried potpourris flavored with essential oils are not a big problem, some pets may be attracted to attractively scented pine cones, dried flowers, or other plant materials. Be aware that some of these flowers and plant materials can be toxic to pets on their own.

What is artificial snow on Christmas trees?

Styrofoam beads and white flocking used to create the effect of snow on artificial trees. Artificial snow is also sold in aerosol cans that can be flocked onto windows and display cases.

Can artificial trees harm cats?

Most, if not all, fake Christmas trees are made from non-toxic plastic, so they won't cause much harm if swallowed. Cats are curious creatures, and while they may gnaw on your tree or decorations strung on wood, they are not usually used to eating plastic.

Can artificial trees harm cats?

Artificial trees are dangerous. Small pieces of plastic or aluminum can break off and be swallowed, causing intestinal blockage or mouth irritation. Do not use preservatives in standing water. They can be toxic if eaten by a thirsty pet.

Do cats like the smell of Christmas trees?

“First of all, you brought something new and fragrant to their territory. When cats are in familiar territory, they often want to explore something new! The tree has smells on the outside and bark that can be scratched, so there's a lot to explore." Christmas trees also look like massive perches, and cats love to climb on them.

What can be sprinkled on the Christmas tree to scare away the cat?

Make your own spray with water + orange, lemongrass or citronella oil. Some cats hate these smells and avoid the area themselves. Orange peels placed around the base of the tree can have a similar effect - just replace them every couple of days.

Why don't they sell tinsel anymore?

Lead foil was a popular tinsel material for several decades in the 20th century. Unlike silver, lead tinsel did not tarnish, so it retained its brilliance. However, after the 1960s, the use of lead tinsel was discontinued due to concerns that it put children at risk of lead poisoning.

Do orange peels keep cats away from Christmas trees?

You can also try citrus spray, as cats are also repelled by the smell of citrus. You can also place orange peels under a tree to make your cat less likely to approach it. (Cats don't like the smell of rotten apples either, but you probably won't like it either!)

Can cats get sick if they drink Christmas tree water?

Fertilized Water: If you're planting your tree the day after Thanksgiving, you should make sure it sits until Christmas by adding fertilizer or preservatives to the water. These chemicals, mold, and bacteria can make your pet sick if they drink from a tree stand.

Do cats open presents?

Not only will your cat feel more loved, but her reaction to the gifts will be priceless and will definitely make your Christmas ten times better. You'll want to get your camera ready because when cats open presents, they do so in a very dramatic way, like the cats in the video below.

Do cats give you presents?

Thought of a “gift”

Some prey-catchers bring dead animals—or, even more frustrating, sometimes still alive—to their owners to display their valuable prey for later consumption, as a teaching aid, or as a gift .

Can I have a real tree with a cat?

Christmas trees and decorations are dangerous for cats

Christmas trees themselves, whether real or artificial, can be dangerous if your cat has a tendency to climb things they shouldn't. The oils given off by some real Christmas trees are also mildly toxic when eaten, causing minor mouth and stomach irritation in pets.

How long do real flocked Christmas trees last?

The typical indoor life of a live cut Christmas tree is approximately two to three weeks. If you want a real Christmas tree to last longer indoors, consider a flocked Christmas tree that is flame retardant coated and will last longer.

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