People feel happy, warm, and festive during the holiday season, often summed up by the famous Christmas tree with its sparkling lights and ornaments. For people who have cats that are interested and like to get into trouble, though, this beloved tradition can become a tricky balancing act. Because cats are naturally curious and playful, they often see the Christmas tree as a fun place to play. This makes it hard for pet owners to keep the tree and cat safe.
This article will help you find the right balance between holiday decorations and a cat-friendly space. Start on a journey to enjoy the holidays with joy and peace of mind, ensuring you and your beloved cat have a safe and happy holiday season.
How Do You Keep Your Cat From Going Near The Christmas Tree?
Cats must think that Christmas trees look like big, shiny toys. The problem is that they can also be dangerous to cats and make things stressful for cat owners.
It would be best if you waited to trim your Christmas tree until you see how your cat reacts to it when you bring it home this year. You can decide what safety steps to take to keep your cat and decorations safe after carefully watching them. Here are some ways to keep cats from getting into your Christmas tree.
1. Use Sprays That Keep Cats Away
A spray that scares cats away will keep them away from the Christmas tree.
Bitter things are awful for cats to taste. Because of how they evolved, they have been able to avoid eating things like spoiled meat in the wild. It can also keep them from damaging stuff in the house or eating poisonous plants, which is good. If you spray the tree with something that tastes bad, your cat might not want to chew on the twigs.
2. Put Foil Around It
You can use aluminium foil for cats that like to climb to keep them from getting on top of your Christmas tree. Cats don’t like the sound tin foil makes or how it feels on their feet, so putting it around the base of your tree will keep them from climbing it.
If you place your tree near furniture or other things your cat could use as launch pads, ensure the branches are far enough away that your cat can’t just jump up on them.
3. Making The Tree Look Nice
Pick items that your cats are less likely to be interested in. People will find it hard to say no to some gifts because they sparkle, glow, dangle, and shimmer. Things that aren’t shiny or flat and matte and don’t hang down much will appeal less to your cat. It might be best to use felt, paper, and simple ornaments. Stay away from things that hang, jump, or spin a lot.
4. Making The Safety Even Better
Make sure to tape down any extra wire and make it hard for the cat to get to the plug or where the cords meet. Do not let any lines hang down. Instead of letting it hang down, wrap the wire around the tree’s base. Putting wire covers or pipes over uncovered wires can also help keep the cat from chewing on them.
5. Keep Your Cat Busy
A cat’s favorite toys should be in the same room as the tree, and the cat should be able to scratch nearby.12: These are the cat’s things, so tell it to use them instead of hanging out by the tree. Playing with your cat will help it get rid of its extra energy. This will make the cat less eager to attack the tree.
6. Move Or Get Rid Of Cat-Friendly Decorations
Do not put lights, tinsel, or trinkets that are shiny and breakable on the lower branches of the tree. Cats love to attack these things. Remove them from the tree, but don’t leave them there. Just raise them a bit, out of reach.
If you hang lights or tinsel on the bottom of the tree, wrap them around the twigs and use clear tape to hold them in place. So they won’t hang there and make your cat want to eat them.
Things on the tree that rattle or make other noises will sound like cat toys to your cat, so take them off or put them somewhere out of reach.
Are Christmas Trees Dangerous For Cats?
Evergreens, often used as Christmas trees, have oils, sap, and resin that can harm cats. The needles on these trees can also hurt their stomachs and worsen digestion problems. Your cat probably wouldn’t eat enough of the tree to get sick.
Can Cats Safely Play With Fake Christmas Trees?
There is almost no chance of poisoning with fake Christmas trees, but your cat may still be drawn to the tree because of the decorations, whether they are real or not.
Cats Like Christmas Trees For Some Reason
Cats like to climb things naturally. Because they are related to Proailurus, the “first true cat” who climbed trees, cats love being high up, so they might want to mount your Christmas tree. Ornaments that sparkle and shine don’t improve things; they make things look like toys.
What Is An Excellent Way To Keep Cats Away?
Cats are also scared off by the smell of citrus or lemon (orange or lemon peels), garlic, ammonia, vinegar, coffee grounds, pipe tobacco, mustard, citronella, or eucalyptus. Since the smells fade over time, you need to reapply them. Sprinklers that turn on when they sense movement: These sensors send out a small blast of water.
To keep your pet cat and the holiday Christmas tree getting along, consider it carefully and take action. It’s essential to know your cat’s habits and take precautions like strategically placing trees, decorating in a way cats can enjoy, and using positive feedback. Even though every cat is different, accidents involving trees can be significantly reduced by keeping an eye on them, teaching them, and making sure they are in a safe place.
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