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post #1 of 30
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Here's my yearly question - Stoli and Luxor climb our artificial tree. They go under the branches and climb the center. We've tried what literally seems to be everything:

clickr training
bitter apple on the tree
shoving packages under

So this year we were thinking about baby gates all around the tree.

Do you think this would work?

None of our cats has ever jumped 'on' the tree. We'd have to put the baby gates up really really really close so they couldn't just jump down and get under the tree.

I'm very tired of constantly fixing branches - it looks awful.
post #2 of 30
We were just talking about this. Given the little fluffy dog that eats everything & the cats - we are putting up a puppy kennel/exercise pen around our tree this year. You can get them in all sorts of heights/sizes.
post #3 of 30
I can't help you. We simply don't have a tree because it seems impossible with Miss Trout around. I don't know what we are going to do when we have kids and we need a tree
post #4 of 30
Even though an artificial tree goes against my Oregonian upbringing, Hubby and I have a 2' artificial tree that we put on top of the stereo cabinet. The cats don't bother it at all because there isn't room for them to jump up there when the tree is there. The only time I have a problem with the cats is when I am putting garland and Christmas lights on the tree.
post #5 of 30
I don't put up a tree, but my mom's draws quite a lot of attention every year. Sometimes all you can see is the tree shaking and then out pops Misty's head from somewhere high in the branches. Put some live chipmunks in that tree and Misty would be on .
post #6 of 30
We actually never had a problem that we noticed with Herc and Fatman in the Christmas tree. They could have gotten into it while we were sleeping but never while we were awake....This year though we have to watch GiGi and Franklin cuz who knows what those two nutcases will do. But our tree looks dumb anyways its a hand me down dysfunctional tree..LOL...But it works for us since we only use it to make the house feel festive!
post #7 of 30
No trees for me...It would just add more ways in which Jake can make a mess He's very naughty.. I'd rather not deal with it. I even convinced my mom not to put one up and she loves to do Christmas decorations. But the lack of a tree gave her an excuse to go overboard with the yard
post #8 of 30
This year we're having a real one and it'll be in our bedroom where we spend a lot of time using our computers. I've bought some dried orange slices which I'm threading ribbon through and they are going to be my decorations this year along with some cinnamon sticks. I don't want to shut the cats out of the room because it wouldn't feel like Christmas if they weren't around! I've tested the orange slices on them and they don't like the smell so hopefully this year will go better than last year (5ft artificial tree + big black cat = tree that looks like a toliet brush)!
post #9 of 30
Originally Posted by Renovia View Post

So this year we were thinking about baby gates all around the tree.

Do you think this would work?
They could jump over them if they wanted .........

No tree here because of ....... I wish though I love Christmas and Christmas decorations.
post #10 of 30
No tree here either. 6 cats + Christmas tree= disaster. Just safer if I put up cat safe things like statues or things that the cats can't get to because they are on the mantle and they can't get on it... Presents always have to be hidden after wrapping or the cats would be like kids and try and to upwrap them....
post #11 of 30
We had a 4' tree on the table last year. Xander jumped on the table to lay under it a few times but didn't bother the decorations. Riley was afraid of the tree and wouldn't go near it, especially if the lights were on

I'm not sure what would happen if we had one on the floor. It might be messed with a lot more then.
post #12 of 30
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Originally Posted by Pami View Post
They could jump over them if they wanted .........

No tree here because of ....... I wish though I love Christmas and Christmas decorations.
I was thinking if the gates were close enough they'd end up jumping down 'ON' to the tree and them might not like that since they won't jump on it anyways.
post #13 of 30

our christmas tree stand has got some extra cement in the base to make it heavier and harder to topple the tree- other wise we've used real and fake apples as decorartion instead of baubles. Or plastic baubles- in other words decorations that won't break or produce glass shards when knocked off the tree If the kitties have had fun knocking things down we simply re- attatch the decoration to the tree again and let them enjoy their special way of celebrating christmas.

Oh, and obviously tinsel is a big no no


post #14 of 30
On another, not quite as traditional note:

One of the prettiest "christmas trees" I've ever seen was a white designer dress on a clothes horse made of whicker which had hundreds of little fairy lights wrapped around it. It looked stunningly beautifull (obviously the family wasn't christian but still wanted to get into a festive mood ).


post #15 of 30
I have a two foot table top tree. It is the Cats' Tree. there are no ornaments that are breakable or toxic. I do have lights on it. I keep them up[lugged when I'm not home but they don't seem to pay any attention to the lights. They delight in knocking off the ornaments. I put them back on.

Tolly especially loves the Tree. He hugs it when I first take it out of the box. I have a video of him taking the angel off with his mouth, so he can rest his chin on the top of the tree. Or rub his face on it. He does it every day. Several times a day actually.

he is very grumpy when I put it away.

I am very excited for them to have their tree again in two months!
post #16 of 30
am I allowed to post the youtube link to Tolly and his tree? I will if anyone wants to see it!
post #17 of 30
We usually don't bother - though I have considered going "retro" (as in 7th to 12th century-ish) and hanging one from the ceiling. If one has high ceilings and nice support beams this would be a great alternative. You can buy artificial trees specifically made for or this, though one has to look around a bit.

Maybe pet owners could bring this back into style?
post #18 of 30
I put my tree up knowing full well it will be trashed by xmas time, I don't mind at all. I don't care that it's not perfect and the cats have a ball with all their new 'toys' and seeing if the tree will hold their weight as they climb. I find decorations for weeks afterwards
post #19 of 30
Originally Posted by missymotus View Post
I put my tree up knowing full well it will be trashed by xmas time, I don't mind at all. I don't care that it's not perfect and the cats have a ball with all their new 'toys' and seeing if the tree will hold their weight as they climb. I find decorations for weeks afterwards
That sounds so fun! Make sure you get lots of pics!
I wish I could do that, but for some reason Easy eats the tree
I might try it again this year and see if they eat it or not.
post #20 of 30
I haven't put my tree up since the year we got the cats (2005). Put it up in 2005 and haven't since.
post #21 of 30
flash and sooty wernt bothered by our real tree last year im not sure what they will be like next year when we are back together again, im going to make blaine put a tree up in his room so that they should remember it from last year and know not to bother it
post #22 of 30
My cats are actually pretty good around our Christmas tree. They like to sit under it and bunch up the tree skirt but other than that they've given us no trouble.
post #23 of 30
my cats are good with the tree...they like to sit under it. They claw the tree skirt but no damage to the tree. THe only problem i Have is with Tilly she likes to bat the ornaments off the tree. Thankfully i took my sister's advice and got a box of the unbreakable ornaments from Wal-Mart! I found one under my bed last year. Tilly and moo had fun and that is all that matters!
post #24 of 30
Thread Starter 
yes all, I've cat proofed my tree - all unbreakable ornaments completely secured to the tree - it takes for ever to put up and take down. No tinsel either. I'm just wondering if that fence will deter them from getting under the tree and climbing up the center. The one I'm looking may work, now I just have to find out if I can return it if it doesn't work.
post #25 of 30
I had a real tree for the first time last year, and it was so cool! The girls played around the base, chasing each other, pouncing out from behind the tree etc., but didn't try to climb it - it was pretty dense, so it would have been pretty hard to get up it. There was no decorations at the bottom 2' of the tree, which took away a lot of the temptation.
post #26 of 30
You might think this weird, but my solution was to have 3 small trees. One on the shelf one one the TV and one on a tall small table. Just some place witha jumping-up-on-it barier. I did like my idea. They were 3 foot/ one meter sized trees and I got to decorate them all in a different theme. One was on a small table but I used present boxes to keep the cats from getting to it. They had no landing spot. The one on the shelf I pulled out some of the behind branches and with a peice of wire and a nail it stood well. That was my pretyest one. Was the best christmas room I made. 90% cat safe.
post #27 of 30
Christmas in our family is much more than just a holiday, its a separate season of the year. The decorations go up before Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving weekend and stay up til mid January. So last year I got the tree out, I swear the weekend after Halloween, and things went down hill so much that by Thanksgiving it was back in the box. However, this year I have found something that the boys are absolutely petrified of and I think it will deter them. I'm hoping it does as with the new house I long to decorate with more than just a tree. The boys are petrified of our wind chime--I had to bring it in when we moved and even the slightest touch of it makes them run and hide under the bed. So I'm thinking if I hang it inside the tree, that when they go to climb the inside branches it will make noise and they'll run like bats outta heck.

post #28 of 30
Would it be horribly crule to put some of those psst cat thingys around the bottom of the tree so if the kitties get to close to the base they would run away? I'd really like to be able to put up a real tree again, but I'm so afraid of all the needles and ruptured intestines!
post #29 of 30
I gave up on the tree after Cleo chewed the branches, and Maggie chewed the light cords (a la "Christmas Vacation.") Lola came a couple of years later, so she's never been introduced to a Christmas tree. I bought one a couple of years ago, at the end of season sale....but it just languishes inside the box, in the basement. I can't bring myself to put it up, only to be ruined by my destruct-o-cats. I wish I had a solution for your problem (and mine), but sometimes you just have to realize that it probably just isn't meant to be.
post #30 of 30
Thread Starter 
oo, wind chimes - that could work!
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