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post #1 of 28
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to put up a Christmas tree this year
Last year it was Tiger's first Christmas but all in all he did well.. This year, I have 4 little terrors that I KNOW are NOT going to leave it alone. If it wasn't for the kids, I wouldn't put one up
I know I'm going to have to anchor it to the wall somehow to keep it from crashing down but I don't know how I'll keep em out of it...

Any suggestions?
post #2 of 28
Nope!!!! I will have 5 this year in my house.Last year it was Neela and Blaze and that was BAD enough!!! Now, 4 kits and Blaze.
post #3 of 28
Just put the ornaments on the tree up high so the kitties can't get to them. Miagi and Tiger find a way to get to ours, though. Miagi was bad not last year but when we only had Miagi knocking every bulb off of the Christmas tree.
post #4 of 28
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Originally Posted by Miagi's_Mommy View Post
Just put the ornaments on the tree up high so the kitties can't get to them. Miagi and Tiger find a way to get to ours, though. Miagi was bad not last year but when we only had Miagi knocking every bulb off of the Christmas tree.
I'm positive these troublemakers will scale the tree to get them no matter how high up I put them I'm glad I bought plastic ornaments
post #5 of 28
When mine where about 9-10 months old and I put up the tree OMG they were knocking off the ornaments, trying to eat the lights, climbing in the tree and knocking the tree over, ALL THE TIME!!!! I finally took the tree down and havent put one up since that year and they are almost 4 years old now!
post #6 of 28
put up a tree, put up stuff you know they can't resist, save the precious memories for another Christmas and take bets on how many times you here TIMBER in the living room. It is the perfect cat christmas present. let them have the tree.....who cares, it's only a thing, right? The kids will love it.
post #7 of 28
Um, is there any way you can just decorate it while keeping it laying on the floor??

I think that's your only option with all those kitties
post #8 of 28
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Um, is there any way you can just decorate it while keeping it laying on the floor??

I think that's your only option with all those kitties
post #9 of 28
I have a 1 year old Siamese wrecking crew and there will be no tree for him to climb. No kids at home and we're going to my moms so we'll just enjoy my moms fake tree there. It's kind of ironic....my husband works at one of the largest Christmas tree farms in Oregon and we could have a lovely tree for no cost. I just don't have the energy to put the tree and decorations up every day after work! But I love Siam anyway!!!!!! I won't miss the tree!
post #10 of 28
I have yet to put a Christmas Tree because of the 1) the kitties and 2) I just don't have room in this apt. Is there anything that kitties don't like to climb up, on or over?

Bryan
post #11 of 28
They're pretty young - so I'd say no lights, no tinsel, just plastic baubles.

That way, even if they manage to damage the tree, the tree can't damage the kittens.
post #12 of 28
I don't put up a tree anymore.

Chynna has been good about not bothering the tree or ornaments when I have put one up, but I've never had a tree up since I've had Abby...about 8 years. I used to have a cute 2 1/2 foot tree, but decided to give it away and get a 7 foot one! I didn't realize how many more lights and ornaments I would have to buy in order to decorate a 7 foot tree! I put the tree up once, it didn't get taken down until June the following year because it took so long to put up that I just felt sick at the thought of having to do it all in reverse.

Plus most of my ornaments are expensive German blown glass ones, some going back 40 years or more, that I don't want to take the chance of Abby knocking down the tree and breaking them.
post #13 of 28
Previous years we have just put a vary tiny sparkly one but this year we are home so the big one will coming out of the attic

We have 4 cats this year, Jaz has always been a tree wrecker I dont know how Tigger is going to react.

Our decorations are all bought with the cats in mind. Dont want them getting hurt while demolitioning it
post #14 of 28
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Thank god I have a pre-lit tree so they won't be swinging from the strands. DH said that we should enclose it into a plexi-glass box if we were smart And I never use tinsel because I don't want "Poop on a String" or worse, a trip to the vet.
post #15 of 28
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Thank god I have a pre-lit tree so they won't be swinging from the strands. DH said that we should enclose it into a plexi-glass box if we were smart And I never use tinsel because I don't want "Poop on a String" or worse, a trip to the vet.
They really are the most reckless creatures, aren't they?
post #16 of 28
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They really are the most reckless creatures, aren't they?
Yes, they are. This morning I'm trying to figure out why Cooter has dust all over his head and tail.
post #17 of 28
Do you have a chimney? Maybe he was cleaning it for Santa.
post #18 of 28
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Do you have a chimney? Maybe he was cleaning it for Santa.
Nope, no chimney here in Florida. I'm thinking he was creeping around behind the dresser last night
post #19 of 28
For years the bottom limbs of our tree held plastic ornaments - just in case. Luckily we never had a tree climber.

Maybe you could train Cooter to use a dust rag. No, I'm serious. Alycia? Stop laughing so hard. You could strain something.
post #20 of 28
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Originally Posted by gemlady View Post
For years the bottom limbs of our tree held plastic ornaments - just in case. Luckily we never had a tree climber.

Maybe you could train Cooter to use a dust rag. No, I'm serious. Alycia? Stop laughing so hard. You could strain something.
I could attached a Swiffer Duster to him and send him on his way!
The way they bounce around the house, there wouldn't be a dust bunny in sight!
post #21 of 28
I am kind of scared of having a tree too but because of my dog. And I don't buy glass ornaments. And I don't buy the fringy icicle thingys either. I do get the things that look like a boa. But Lilly leaves that alone. But I think I might just put up a tree with lights and some ornaments and leave it alone not sure if I will put one up this year or not due to space.
post #22 of 28
I have a large, round tree stand, with a broad base that is tip-proof. Most of my ornaments are plastic, fabric or heavy ceramic ones. I put the ceramic ones right up on top and this seems to appease Rowdy. After her first Christmas, I found 27 ornaments, when I moved the couch back to its normal spot.
post #23 of 28
This is my fourth christmas with kitties, and every year it seems I have a kid that it's all new for them. The first one, we actually got zakk on new years day, and he jumped in the tree immediately. We took it down that day. The new kids usually jump in for a bit.

Here are my hints. First, use a fake tree. Put it up for a couple days without decorations. That way they can get the initial exploring out of the way. Second- no tinsel. I usually put all the more delicate ornaments on the top! Also, get some air freshner smelly things and hang them on the bottom of the tree. Cats don't like citrus smells so that will deter them. Personally I think the tree ones look good. So far no one has knocked it down and nothing has broken. I have had a few of the plastic ones taken off and played with though. Wrapping paper seems to be the thing that they destroy the most, sometimes ruining some surprises!
post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by DixieDarlin256 View Post
to put up a Christmas tree this year
Last year it was Tiger's first Christmas but all in all he did well.. This year, I have 4 little terrors that I KNOW are NOT going to leave it alone. If it wasn't for the kids, I wouldn't put one up
I know I'm going to have to anchor it to the wall somehow to keep it from crashing down but I don't know how I'll keep em out of it...

Any suggestions?
GOOD LUCK !!!!!! I got 5 helium balloons and stuck then in the tree in various places and turned a fan on them last year
post #25 of 28
I dont think i have any ideas Howler alone knocks our tree over every year dont know how you are going to do it lol but heres some good vibes for a standing tree by Christmas Morning )))((((( i know i hope mine is still standing by then
post #26 of 28
The first year I had Max, I had a small table tree. All the ornaments were unbreakable and they were tied on with ribbon, not hung up with hangers. I used very small clear lights. He did real well with it and we never had an accident. Getting it off the floor kept him from climbing it, I think.
post #27 of 28
Alycia, NOT all cats are detured from the citrus smell.I bought some fresh lemons,lemon juice and put them under my recliner so the kits wouldn't get under there and get squished.They LOVE the smell!!~
I have a 7 foot prelight tree also for this year. I have ALOT of very precious ornaments that go on the tree every year. I'm going to put them on the tree again this year and ancor the tree to the wall with fishing line in 3 places.
post #28 of 28
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Originally Posted by crittermom View Post
Alycia, NOT all cats are detured from the citrus smell.I bought some fresh lemons,lemon juice and put them under my recliner so the kits wouldn't get under there and get squished.They LOVE the smell!!~
I have a 7 foot prelight tree also for this year. I have ALOT of very precious ornaments that go on the tree every year. I'm going to put them on the tree again this year and ancor the tree to the wall with fishing line in 3 places.
Considering they stick thier heads in my glass of orange juice, I'd have to say that it wouldn't work either
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