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how do i keep them out of the CHRISTMAS Tree???

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
They wont stay out, my two kittens and occasionally the mama cat! Ive tried telling them no and removing them , sticking them in another room after they repeatedly go back to it , ive tried threatening them with a newspaper, ive tried everything, they havent knocked it over but i have one of those cheap fake trees (its my frist christmas not living with mom and dad) and i have to readjust the branches every two days at least!!!

I love them but argggghhhh

O and all the presents( i knew tis would hapen) TO one specific family ( my boyfriend sis) have completely been messed up.. Theve ripped the wrapping paper completely off one present and taken the bow and shredded another one.

HELp!!!!

I dont think there is anything I can do cause they are just kittens that are at the most playful stage but my boyfriend gets so annoyed about it.

O yeah I do have the crap ornaments on the bottom too
post #2 of 27
Welcome to Christmas with kittens. The only way you're going to keep them away from the tree and your presents is to prevent them from having access.
Is it possible to shut a door?
post #3 of 27
Thread Starter 
hehe... Nope!!! I live in a one bedroom apartment with an open kitchen/living room

one bedroom and a little bathroom... only way to keep em away is to lock em the bedroom which im not gonna do

my boyfriend will just have to deal

ive lived with multiple cats my entire life, he hasnt, he just doesnt get that its gonna happen

stupid boy!
post #4 of 27
Well you could always try to sell him on the idea that you have the only Christmas tree in town with animated ornaments.
post #5 of 27
I had the same problem last year with my 2 climbing inside the tree and pulling it over.

This year i solved the problem. Unfortunetly it was not to have a xmas tree and im well gutted.
post #6 of 27
I think there's something at the pet store that you can spray on the tree that they don't like. I've seen someone mention it in another post here about christmas trees. Can't remember what its' called though.
Anyhoo, I always leave the bottom two rows of branches "ornament-free". Then they don't have anything to play with. Although I will admit in college my roommate at the time saw the tree as The best climbing Present I ever got them and would often knock it over. I have since decided not to invest too much money on decorations (the after-christmas 75% off sales). Then I don't feel like I've lost out on money.
post #7 of 27
Yup that spray stuff cat away works lol its about the onli thing I can think of I just am going to use some of it on the tree skirt..This is my last alternative Ive tried it all other then having no tree ..cats are curious and will sure love dangly ortaments ..also think about anchoring the tree to the celing as I have had mine tipped over many times ( even with a heavy stand) this product costs about 10$ and is also used to keep cats off certain areas any Wal marts or pet store sells it...

If you dont want to use chemicials ..plastic ortaments would help maybe ...they have some pretty ones you could make it a cat freindly tree ?
good luck with tree and cats im sure many others are having the same prob.....Its just like one big huge kitty toy!!!
post #8 of 27
Do an advanced search on the forums there are dozens of threads that cover this subject. There is also an article referenced in the threads that deals with cats and christmas trees
post #9 of 27
Thread Starter 
they dont play with the ornaments , they just like to sit on the branches.. its weird! im scared that one of them is going to get caught up in the lights or something...
post #10 of 27
this is what I did with my stubborncat Hobbs and our tree..i took a little spray bottle with some water. I hated doing this because this cat is spoiled and I didnt like scaring him, but I was desperate! I sprayed Hobbs a couple of times right in his curious little face. He left after 2 sprays. Then when he did it again, I sprayed him again. Eventually all I had to do was show him the bottle and he would run like heck. Then I simply put the bottle at the bottom of the tree and he wouldnt go near it! I felt a bit guilty, but now I dont have to worry about him tipping the tree or biting the light wires.
post #11 of 27
Thread Starter 
i already tried a similar method when i first put the tree up! I tried just flinging lots of water at them an it just didnt work!!! i guess that they are just at the age where nothing scares them!
post #12 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by sbw999
this is what I did with my stubborncat Hobbs and our tree..i took a little spray bottle with some water. I hated doing this because this cat is spoiled and I didnt like scaring him, but I was desperate! I sprayed Hobbs a couple of times right in his curious little face. He left after 2 sprays. Then when he did it again, I sprayed him again. Eventually all I had to do was show him the bottle and he would run like heck. Then I simply put the bottle at the bottom of the tree and he wouldnt go near it! I felt a bit guilty, but now I dont have to worry about him tipping the tree or biting the light wires.
Please don't spray your kitty in the face. If even a drop of water gets inside his ears it can easily lead to an ear infection.
post #13 of 27
I just decorated mine with the cats in mind....KNOWING they would be enjoying it...and made it as safe as possible for them.
They truly believe it is a toy that i brought in and decorated just for them!
Linda
post #14 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by valanhb
Please don't spray your kitty in the face. If even a drop of water gets inside his ears it can easily lead to an ear infection.
ok thanks!
post #15 of 27
I'm sure they'll get bored with it soon.
post #16 of 27
Thread Starter 
they dont seem to be getting bored of it
post #17 of 27
LOL...yeah of course not.
post #18 of 27
Thread Starter 
heheh! NEVER!!! ahahaha

i just cant believe how well a 20 dollar dollar store fake tree is holding up!!

i mean they sit in it, climb it, chew it, bend the branches and god knows what else
post #19 of 27
You know you could do worse spending $20 at Petsmart on toys that they snub. As long as they aren't getting hurt, I see no harm in letting them have fun with the tree.
post #20 of 27
A tree would last approximately 13 seconds in my house. Never gonna happen!
post #21 of 27
Thread Starter 
hehee... my cats only go crazy over those balls with the bells.. they love bells
post #22 of 27
I put our fake tree up on an end table and secured the tree to the wall with fishing line.WHen it was on the floor, the girls would go and get an ormanent and knock it off the tree and bat it around the house.
How dare us take something that should be their toys and expect them to stay away from it
post #23 of 27
I'm so glad other ppl have this problem too. Gilbert is still shooting up the tree and I only have decorations left on the very top!
I just cant be bothered to keep puuting the decorations back on.
And I sprayed the tree in "wound gard" yesterday cos now the girls are eating it! And its a PLASTIC tree!!!!!
post #24 of 27
i heard a suggestion once i hvent tried it but the suggestion was getting a spray bottle and putting vineger and water in it and sprayng the tree and around the tree maybe that will help (not too sure about the smell myself i hate vineger lol)
post #25 of 27
i decided to actualli let my cat have the tree this year ...I know Im nuts ...every morning there were NO ortaments on the tree ...( very busy cat)
so instead of trying to do cat partol I switched my ortaments to all Plastic!! theres actualli some really nice ones that look like glass...I know some of you may thing im nuts but Ive decided to just deal with it this way ...It just looks like one huge cat toy!!!! But if any of you have found good ways to deter this behavior Id be more then happy to read
Good luck to all with cats and trees!!!!
post #26 of 27
Thread Starter 
they finally did it!! THEY KNOCKED IT OVER LAST NIGHT!!!!! and i think they may have learned something now
post #27 of 27
Funny thing, the christmas tree issue is what brought me to this site 2 years ago. So far my best solution is just to adjust.
When I came home and found Donny in the middle of the tree snoozing away, I gave up and put the precious ornaments away. Now I use plastic, metal and wood ornaments. My tree seems to be pretty tough. I just have to get my dh to anchor it well so it will hold up to the kitty antics.
It was a shock to guests when they admired the tree and saw eyes looking back at them Kinda worth it.
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