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post #1 of 24
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am wondering whether anybody's cat's bother with the christmas tree? i put mine up today and then thought, hmmm what if the cat's decide to hang off it or chew the branches lol! am just curious to what they might do...
post #2 of 24
I don't put up a tree so I can't speak from experience, but there have been a few recent threads regarding Christmas trees and cats:

Decoration Day! How Are Your Cats at Christmas?

He wasted no time attacking the Christmas tree

Mez
post #3 of 24
I put up an artificial tree, and then promptly had to spray it with bitter apple because my cats were using the branches as "tooth cleaners." I read that the stuff they spray on the tree's to make them flame retardant can contain lead among other things so just to be safe, I used the bitter apple to keep their mouths off of it.
post #4 of 24
Usually mine lay under the tree. The love the tree skirt. Occasionally they will fight for a spot and climb on the lower braches during their attack. We have learned years ago not to decorate the last row. Some of our RB kitties would climb the tree but so far this crew is pretty good.
post #5 of 24
Well Ziggy used to go mad with the tree when she was a kitten. She would climb inside and climb up to the top, and it would fall over. She would chew the balls or tinsel though. She would just bat the balls very hard.

I put up my tree today, and Links and Lexi haven't been near it. I've even had the light twinkling away!!! I'm just going to wait for tonight though. They get more mischievious at night!!
post #6 of 24
I haven't put up a Christmas tree for years, since my boys became teenagers. So don't know how Blossom would react. Or should I know better?
post #7 of 24
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Originally Posted by sadieandziggy View Post
Well Ziggy used to go mad with the tree when she was a kitten. She would climb inside and climb up to the top, and it would fall over. She would chew the balls or tinsel though. She would just bat the balls very hard.

I put up my tree today, and Links and Lexi haven't been near it. I've even had the light twinkling away!!! I'm just going to wait for tonight though. They get more mischievious at night!!
LOL, aww sound like cuties! well, when i went in this morning i found Glamorous chasing one of the baubles around the front room!
post #8 of 24
put up the christmas tree last saturday and it officially got knocked down for the first time last night. martini isn't allowed in the living room when i'm not home, so she hasn't gotten many chances at knocking it down. after she knocked it down, of course she started playing with all the ornaments that fell off. i'm keeping her out of the living room until after christmas!!
post #9 of 24
i have a very small 4 foot artificial tree in my apartment. i only use the plastic round ornaments so fiona cant break anything.

for the first week the tree was up everytime i got back home from work or class she had knocked it over. now i just catch her chewing on the lower branches every once and awhile
post #10 of 24
I have herd that there are things you can spray on or near the tree to keep cats away from it. I have herd bitter apple works well - or using a squirt bottle when they climb in it. I believe MOST cats would explore a christmas tree as climbing is in thier nature.
post #11 of 24
Chrismas of 2002 was the last year I put up a tree. The following Christmas, we had Amber and she was only 6 months old. She did this to the tree as soon as I put it up. I did not have any lights or other decorations on it yet, just the tree to see what she would do. Well, the rest is history and no more Christmas trees This was Amber at 6 months old, I could imagine what would happen now
post #12 of 24
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Chrismas of 2002 was the last year I put up a tree. The following Christmas, we had Amber and she was only 6 months old. She did this to the tree as soon as I put it up. I did not have any lights or other decorations on it yet, just the tree to see what she would do. Well, the rest is history and no more Christmas trees This was Amber at 6 months old, I could imagine what would happen now
How on earth can I complain about my kitten after seeing that!

She's so gorgeous though!
post #13 of 24
One idea I have seen used is to tightly wrap some tin foil around the base of the tree. You might wrap some around lower branches close to where they branch from the main stem of the tree. My mother used to do this to keep our cats from climbing up the tree. They were smaller cats and would like to climb up from the bottom. There are also 'sticky strips' you can use by placing them on and around the base of the tree.

egaus
post #14 of 24
I should put up the tree again, just to get more pictures.
post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by AmberThe Bobcat View Post
Chrismas of 2002 was the last year I put up a tree. The following Christmas, we had Amber and she was only 6 months old. She did this to the tree as soon as I put it up. I did not have any lights or other decorations on it yet, just the tree to see what she would do. Well, the rest is history and no more Christmas trees This was Amber at 6 months old, I could imagine what would happen now
aww LOL, you can't get mad at that, sooo darn cute!
post #16 of 24
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aww LOL, you can't get mad at that, sooo darn cute!
Well, she is a bobcat and they do what they want to do, so you can't get mad at them I couldn't get mad at my cougar, Carmelo, when he was still a cub living in the house and he pulled the mattress off the bed and tried to drag in down the stairs
post #17 of 24
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aww bless
post #18 of 24
When I was younger we had two cats that would climb the tree and sometimes knock it over!
post #19 of 24
We just put up our tree a few days ago, and thus far it hasn't been bad. Hypnos and Ares like playing under the tree and pulling out the tree skirt. When I flicked the lights (coated in bitter apple) on for the first time, they looked stunned. I have to admit that I haven't mustered the courage to decorate the tree with ornaments yet as I think that will make the tree more enticing
post #20 of 24
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guess am lucky then, mine don't seem to be climbing it, they just like chasing the decorations!
post #21 of 24
Maggie is a cord chewer, so I haven't had a tree in about 7 years. I just replaced the cord to my livingroom table lamp last night. Thanks Maggie! Cleo likes to chew on the Christmas tree branches, so I figure...why bother?
post #22 of 24
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yeh, noticed a couple of you saying that your cat's like to chew the branches, i however must be lucky there also!
post #23 of 24
Both my boys leave the tree alone for the most part. My RB buddies Miles and Taffy liked to climb the tree when they were kittens -- one year Miles almost gave my great-aunt a heart attack! She was walking past the tree, and saw two little gold eyes peeking out. Of course, my mom said, "Get your cat out of the tree!" They were always "my" cats when they misbehaved.
post #24 of 24
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haha aww
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