How to Keep Your Cat Out of Your Christmas Tree: A Cat Trainer and a Vet Offer Tips

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For many cat owners, the joy of putting up a Christmas tree can quickly turn into frustration when their furry feline friends take a keen interest in the tree. The shiny objects, twinkling lights, and various textures are just too alluring for them to resist. Not only does this pose a risk of damage to the decorations and tree itself, but it can also potentially harm the cat. That’s why some experts have given some tips and tricks to help keep your cat away from your Christmas tree this holiday season.

Redirecting Their Attention

Encouraging your cat to explore a designated cat tree placed near your Christmas tree might redirect their attention. Making this alternative space equally engaging by adding toys or catnip could pique your feline’s curiosity.

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Positive reinforcement can work wonders too. Consider rewarding your cat with a treat or toy when they choose the cat tree over your holiday decorations. Another deterrent involves using aluminum foil. Cats generally dislike the feel of it. Placing sheets around the base of the tree could discourage climbing.

Eating the Tree and Ornaments

To prevent any decoration disasters caused by an overly playful cat, there are several smart solutions. Opt for unbreakable ornaments to avoid any mishaps. These come in various colors and textures that cats love to bat around without causing damage. For more delicate decorations, hang them on a smaller tree that your cat can’t access or use secure ties or clips instead of traditional hooks.

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If your cat has a penchant for nibbling on your Christmas tree, there are ways to discourage this behavior. Applying a bitter apple spray to the tree’s branches can deter your cat from munching on them. However, it’s essential to test the spray first to ensure it doesn’t harm the tree. Another option is using citrus or mint deterrent sprays, as the strong scents are unpleasant for cats but bring a pleasant holiday aroma to your home.

Drinking the Tree Water

If you’ve got a live Christmas tree, your cat might get curious about drinking the water in the tree stand. One way to deter your cat is by creating a barrier using tape in a crisscross pattern over the tree stand. This prevents your cat from reaching the water while allowing you to add more when needed. Alternatively, cutting a piece of cardboard to cover the stand’s reservoir and securing it in place can also keep your cat away.

Ultimately, your cat’s curiosity and mischief are part of what makes being a cat owner entertaining. These tricks can help deter them from messing with your Christmas tree, but at the end of the day, try to remember that they’re a beloved member of your family and not trying to upset you.