How to cat-proof your christmas tree


Cats are curious investigators—if you bring something new into your home, you can be sure they’ll inspect it. Therefore, decorating a tree during the holiday season might be a bit more challenging. Cats might get excited by a tall tree decorated with shiny objects. However, you can use a few advice to help keep cats safe.

  1. Consider a fake tree. Pine needles can be dangerous for cats. A fake tree can be easily found in various stores. Moreover, it is environmentally friendly because you can use it year after year.
  2. Go for smaller tree. If your cat jumps on your tree and it falls over, it’s less likely to hurt them. Furthermore, smaller trees are easier to decorate
  3. Give your cat a chance to get bored. You might be used to start decorating your Christmas tree as soon as you bring it home. However, give your cat a chance to get bored with the tree first. Set up the tree a few days before decorating it so that your four-legged friend can observe it and lose interest.
  4. Make sure that the tree has a solid base. Be sure to set the tree up so that it won’t easily topple over. Securing it to a wall with some wire near the top can help keep it upright.

5. Steer your cat away. Most cats hate foil and citrus scents, so wrap your tree trunk in foil, and place a few lemon or orange peels around the base.

6. Focus on the top half of the tree. Instead of placing ornaments on the ends of the branches, put them where it’s harder for your cat to reach them—at the top and toward the center.

7. Tie ornaments. Tie the ornaments to the tree instead of using the little metal hooks, making sure that your cat can not be injured.

8. Avoid other holiday hazards. Don’t risk using decorations such as real candles, small ornaments that your cat could choke on, or fake snow (which may contain harmful chemicals).

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