Tips&TricksDeck the halls without feline falls: practical tips to protect your Christmas tree from curious cats

Deck the halls without feline falls: practical tips to protect your Christmas tree from curious cats

How to discourage a cat from a Christmas tree?
How to discourage a cat from a Christmas tree?
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1:22 PM EST, December 13, 2023

Does this scenario sound familiar? You take a glance at your cat - its pupils dilate in anticipation and then...pow! The Christmas tree topples, and all the delicate decorations come crashing down. While it seems like a perfect plot for a funny commercial, it's an unfortunate occurrence that most cat owners face in December.

Cats, as we know, aren't the most cooperative creatures, and any attempts to explain or threaten them tend to be fruitless. So, what measures can you take to prevent your cat from turning your tree into its personal punching bag? How can you protect your Christmas tree from this frisky pursuer? Here are a few practical tips.

Consider the Placement

Keen on minimizing potential destruction? Begin by thinking of where to position your Christmas tree. Ideally, place it a fair distance from furnishings or chairs that your cat could use as a springboard. Ensure your Christmas tree has a sturdy stand, but avoid plastic or metal versions. Instead, opt for heavy and solid pots that can maintain stability. To increase protection, consider erecting a small barrier or fence around the tree.

What about the tree decor? It's brilliant for cat owners to avoid dangling glass baubles or decorations with sequins, glitter, or protrusions. Cats can knock down ornaments and potentially injure themselves on the sharp pieces; some might even attempt to consume them. As you well know, with cats, anything is possible. So, for safety, go for plastic bottles.

Regarding Chains and Garlands - Are They Advisable?

Chains and garlands, though integral to festive tree decor, unfortunately often prove irresistibly attractive to cats. However, that doesn't mean you have to eliminate them entirely. Just position them higher on the tree where your cat cannot reach. And be careful with light cords too; keep them concealed. Cats mistake them for strings and that's just a whisker away from disaster.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, be sure to provide your cat with plenty of entertainment. A cat that is well-exercised and has enough space to romp about will likely lose interest in the tree. Just 20 minutes of play a day can tire your cat enough to deter it from mischief-making. Throw in some treats after each play session to cater to its hunting instinct. A cat that is fully engaged in play shows less inclination to attack other things, including your Christmas tree.

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