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Six Steps For Cat-Proofing Your Christmas Tree
12/03/15 at 01:00 PM | Published Under Cat Toys
Is your cat so mesmerized by your Christmas tree that she climbs onto it and knocks off needles, decorations and tinsel? Or has she nearly knocked over the entire tree? Keeping your curious cat out of the Christmas tree helps to avoid injury to your cat, and the potential for further damage to people and items near the tree.
1. Choose your tree wisely. If your cat has a history of climbing and knocking over your Christmas tree, select a smaller one that will cause less damage when toppled. Or consider a small tabletop tree that can be closed off in another room when the cats are running amok.
2. Find a safe location. Allow plenty of room around the tree so that it isn't near climbing items like shelving or furniture pieces that become launch pads. If possible, select a place that can be shut off at night or when you’re away. If the tree is shorter than six feet, use duct tape to tape the legs of the holder to a piece of wide plywood. Then put the whole tree on a short but sturdy table. Since this keeps the tree above the level of the cat, she likely won’t be as interested.
3. Put up obstacles. Depending upon the size of your tree—and your cat—you may be able to place roadblocks around your tree to keep her away. Remove potential launching pads like tables and chairs, and wrap the tree base with aluminum foil since most cats don't like digging their nails into this.
4. Create an odor. Apply spray repellents to the tree’s base, including Bitter Apple, citronella or citrus oils and diluted vinegar solution.
5. Decorate sparingly. Select ornaments less likely to attract your cat. Don't hang any breakable or edible decorations on the lower half of the tree. Never hang breakable or edible ornaments on the lowest branches. In fact, it’s best to avoid hanging anything on the lower branches. Use hooks that clamp to the tree rather than string, rubber bands or anything that dangles.
6. Contain cords. Tape dangling electrical cords to the wall to keep them—and your cat —out of harm's way. And remember to unplug lights when you’re away from home!
7. Provide Alternative entertainment. Cats are notorious for seeking entertainment when stimulation is low. Rotate plenty of different cat toys including some with attractive catnip scent to keep your cat occupied and way from the tree.
Sometimes it seems nearly impossible to redirect a cat’s attention away from the Christmas tree, but these simple steps combined just might do the trick!