The number one issue with cat owners during the holiday season is trying to put up a Christmas tree with a cat in the house. Once a cat spots a tree, he’s bound to think that that’s his Christmas present. After all cats just gravitate to trees. They are climbers after all. However, there are some things that you can do that will perhaps save your Christmas tree and your Christmas. Here are some ways to survive Christmas with a cat.
- CHOOSE AN ARTIFICIAL TREE
To protect your cat from hazardous chemicals such as pesticides and fertilizers, it’s best to have an artificial tree which does not need water. The water often times contains chemicals that are harmful to your cats. And what cat doesn’t want to drink from the tree. In addition, it’s much more difficult for kitty to sink his claws into a metal artificial tree and tip it over.
- CHOOSE A SMALLER TREE
It might be wise to choose a smaller, shorter tree in case your cat decides to try his paws at climbing. If the tree is smaller, less damage is likely to happen. Also make sure that the tree has a very sturdy base. Or you can even attach it to a nearby wall with a screw and wire. If you have a room that you can close off at night, even better.
- DECORATE YOUR TREE WITH YOUR CAT IN MIND
Do not use tinsel or fake snow. These can prove dangerous to your cat’s intestines if swallowed. Try and put your most valued ornaments higher up on the tree so that your cat doesn’t take a swipe at them. Find ornaments that will be less attractive to your cat. It’s a good idea to decorate the tree when your cat is not in the room. Giving your attention to the tree will just invite trouble.
- BE CAREFUL OF ELECTRICAL WIRES
Some, not all, cats love to chew on wires. So, it’s best to try and hide the wires under the tree skirt as much as is possible and turn off the tree lights when you are not home.
- PUT TIN FOIL AROUND THE BOTTOM OF THE TREE
Cats tend not to like the noise that tin foil makes when walked on, so this is a great deterrent to your cat getting near the tree.
- USE CITRUS SPRAY SCENTS AROUND THE BOTTOM OF THE TREE
Cats do not care for the smell of citrus fruits, so this will repel kitty. If you are concerned about chemicals, then make your own homemade brew. Or there are even other pet repellent sprays that you might try.
- GIVE YOUR KITTY PLENTY OF DISTRACTIONS
If you enrich your cat’s environment with plenty of fun toys, then this will likely distract him from the tree.
Finally, these steps will in no way guarantee that you won’t have a “tree” incident with your cat, but they will definitely help. In the end, keep a good sense of humor and have your camera on the ready. Who hasn’t watched some of those hilarious cat vs. Christmas tree videos?