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How to Keep Cat Out of The Christmas Tree?

post #1 of 13
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So I know it's a few weeks early.. but does anyone have any suggestions to keep my cat out and away from the Christmas tree?

Water spray bottles have little effect on her.. she actually likes water.

Since I don't get a chance to check in very often- thanks in advance!
post #2 of 13
You're not going to be able to discipline a cat into staying away from a tree. It doesn't work that way with cats. Usually your 2 best options are don't put up a tree or make the tree cat safe. No breakable ornaments, make sure it can't fall over if climbed, that the lights are unplugged when your not there to watch so the cat doesn't chew on a live cord... that sort of thing. You could also setup the tree in a room where the cat doesn't go but kinda defeats the purpose since then you may not see it often. There are probably materials that would keep them from climbing the trunk of a real tree but you still have to make sure all the bottom of the tree is safe and they may just jump from furniture to the upper levels.
post #3 of 13
There are a few tips in this article. :

http://www.thecatsite.com/Care/11/Ca...at-Owners.html
post #4 of 13
the best way we keep our cats out of the christmas tree is by...not getting one.
post #5 of 13
If you find out the answer, I'd love to know.
I bet a lot of us haven't had a Christmas tree in a long time...I can't think of a more inviting thing to put in a kitty's space...it's tall, a tree , with sparkly stuff hanging off it ...and then we tell kitty to stay off it

If you do put one up, I would make sure your ornaments are non-breakable and your tree is tied to something in case someone wants to go for a climb
post #6 of 13
I'm apparently very lucky. My cat will lie under the tree and bat at the ornaments that are near the bottom, but I've never had a problem with him trying to climb it. Same with our previous cat.

Watch....I've just jinxed myself and will come home this year to a fallen tree.
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by vrgchs View Post
the best way we keep our cats out of the christmas tree is by...not getting one.

No kidding!!!!!! I'd take the advice about making the tree cat safe. That's what we do, we just have to figure out a good way to keep the tree from falling over.
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by jenwales View Post
I'm apparently very lucky. My cat will lie under the tree and bat at the ornaments that are near the bottom, but I've never had a problem with him trying to climb it. Same with our previous cat.

Watch....I've just jinxed myself and will come home this year to a fallen tree.

Yeah me too. They have broken a couple of ornaments that were down low but they usually leave it alone. Our cats mind pretty well about everything though, at least when we're around. They do get on the kitchen counters when we aren't looking even though that know they aren't supposed to but for the most part they are pretty good.


The first year that we had Loosey we didn't put a tree up though because she was such a hype little thing. Next year was fine.
post #9 of 13
I would be nice to have one again sometime. Our biggest problem with the tree is with one of our eldest cats. Chloe is 9yrs old, and loves to try to climb the tree and eat the needles. We also can not put curling ribbon on the presents, as she eats it. (everyone please watch out for the ribbon on presents and cats. We had an emergency visit to the vet due to cat eating ribbon!!! Very scarey experience) We have not had a tree the past couple of years, but I think she would still do the same thing. This year we have a couple of little ones (under 6 months). I am sure they will cause havic.
post #10 of 13
Alley had no interest in a christmas tree unless there were wrapped catnip presents under it, then she would tear those open

However, Riley, my little monster, I think would spend all day and night doing nothing but climbing it and playing with all the decorations. He's just that way, lol. For Riley, EVERYTHING is a toy!
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by jenwales View Post
I'm apparently very lucky. My cat will lie under the tree and bat at the ornaments that are near the bottom, but I've never had a problem with him trying to climb it. Same with our previous cat.

Our kitties just go under and also play with the ornaments and since my ornaments are all just starched crocheted bells, balls and snowflakes, no harm done.

I don't use ribbon on the gifts I wrap for under our tree though - that would be too much temptation for them and much too dangerous.
post #12 of 13
No tree for us but my parents have a tree every year and have no issues with the cats. They play with some ornaments but pretty much ignore the tree. Lucky them!
post #13 of 13
I did this for our new dog and toddler, and discovered that we weren't waking up to the "bang, jingle, jingle, jingle" everynight after we put up the Christmas tree (ours tend to stick to the jingle bells, and that's fine with us, lol).

I bought some fine (small holed) dark green netting and wrapped the tree in it, leaving enough to gather at the bottom, to keep the cats out of the inside of the tree and from drinking the water. We also would tie it up, but the last few years we have just gotten a smaller tree (we have a very big, metal, stable tree stand). I have wrapped the tree for the last 3 years, and it has worked like a charm! The best part is, if they do still manage to swat something off, it is caught in the bottom of the netting, instead of hitting the floor .

I stapled it together on the back and underside of the tree, and just remove the staples when it's time to take the tree down.

Here's a pic of last years. If you look close, you can see the netting:

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