It can be quite a challenge to keep a Christmas tree upright when you have a cat swatting at ornaments or jumping on branches. But it’s possible to keep your tree free of “clinging cat” ornaments. Use these tips for a cat-friendly holiday tree.
- First, get a cat repellent spray like Keep Off. Using it around the tree will keep your cat from getting too close. Just make sure the spray is for indoor use.
- Consider getting an artificial tree. Real Christmas trees can bring hazards into your home, including toxic sap, sharp pine needles and harmful preservatives in the tree water.
- If you get a real tree, put it up and leave it undecorated for a couple of days. This will give kitty a chance to get used to the tree and accept it.
- Secure the tree so it doesn’t tip over. Anchor the top to the ceiling with fishing line.
- Lighting and other string-like objects are especially attractive to cats. Consider leaving them off. Otherwise, use them sparingly and twist the cords around branches tightly.
- Garland, tinsel or icicles shouldn’t be used as decorations as they can cause choking and intestinal blockage if swallowed by a kitty.
- Artificial snow is toxic to your cat.
- Avoid hanging breakable ornaments on lower branches. Plastic ornaments or homemade decorations are safer in those areas.
- Careful with ribbons on gifts placed under the tree. They’re too attractive to your kitty and can be harmful if ingested.
To distract your cat from the tempting tree, give her an early Christmas gift. A new catnip toy, interactive toy or scratching post is sure to keep her busy. Look for all the cat distractions you’ll need at your nearest Pet Supermarket.