How to protect your Christmas tree from cats and vice versa - a helpful guide
For cat lovers, Christmas is not complete without the pitter-patter of kitty feet. If you share your home with cats, you already know our feline friends are curious investigators. Our interested comrades are always on the lookout for something new; it's just in their nature! So It's inevitable when you bring a Christmas tree into the home, they will be sure to inspect it.
Real trees can be an excellent addition to the home, not to mention the fresh smell of pine that fills the air but sadly, pine needles can be a significant hazard for cats who like to chew on foreign objects. Additionally, the tree water can sometimes be treated with additives such as fertilizer, aspirin, and other ingredients that can also pose a risk to your kitty.
According to PETA, an artificial tree is your best choice. Besides your cat pulling it over, there are very few risks to having an artificial Christmas tree. However, ideally, that's not what we want. We understand buying a long-lasting artificial Christmas tree is an investment, and so we've researched different ways to protect your Christmas tree from your cat and also keep your furry friend safe this Christmas.
We do not recommend buying frosted or flocked artificial Christmas trees or decorating your tree with dangerous plants: mistletoe, holly, and Poinsettias, like these, can be toxic to cats. It's also best to choose an artificial Christmas tree with soft greenery or what we call traditional tips.
To protect your Christmas tree from your cat:
- Use strategic textures: To prevent your cat from walking under the tree (and climbing up it), try using unpleasant textures on the tree skirt. Cats dislike the feeling of walking on pine cones, tinfoil, and sticky surfaces such as double-sided tape or non-slip rug bumps.
- Keep your decorations up high: It is best to elude from placing your precious Christmas decorations too low. Cats love shiny and sparkly objects, and they will be sure to attract unnecessary interest. Avoid hanging too many glass or breakable items. If you do need to hang delicate ornaments, make sure the decorations are well secured to the tree branch.
- Use off-putting Scents: Spray a washable or disposable decoration such as pinecones with scents that are repulsive to cats. While not toxic, cats dislike the smell of apple bitter, citronella and Vicks, so it might just do the trick.
- Secure your tree base: Always ensure the bottom of your tree is adequately secured. You could attach the tree to the wall with eye bolts and a wire or fishing line as an extra precaution.
- Choose a room with a door: As you cannot always have eyes on your cat, we advise placing your tree in a room that you can close the door. This way, if you need to leave the house, you can have peace of mind knowing your cat is safe.
- Reconsider your Christmas ornaments: Don't risk using decorations such as real candles or small ornaments. Small ornaments are a choking hazard, and cats have a reputation for lovingly gazing at a flickering candle. Instead, try using wood, felt, or paper decorations.