The most common concern for cat lovers every December is probably how to keep cats off the Christmas tree. As you probably know, cats will always be cats. They may be cute and cuddly companions, but they can still be mischievous at times. Many cat lovers, for sure, can attest to the fact that Christmas trees cannot last long with cats.
Scientists say that our feline friends are born to destroy Christmas trees. If you are curious as to why cats destroy Christmas trees and holiday decorations, or if you want to know some tricks to avoid Christmas tree chaos with cats, read on.
Why Do Cats Love Christmas Trees?
As much as we love Christmas trees with colorful lights and sparkling ornaments, our little furry friends love them too. Like boxes, tissue papers, or strings and cable wires, a Christmas tree inside the house is a cat’s dream come true.
1. To a cat, a Christmas tree is a playpen
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Cats are playful, curious, little creatures. A Christmas tree, for a cat’s eye, is a collection of toys – an evergreen tree strung with flickering lights drizzled with tinsel and dressed with various ornaments.
2. Cats are hunters by nature
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It is a cat’s instinct and an inborn behavior to climb trees. If they don’t have cat trees, shelves, cat condo, or something to climb onto, they will look for the tallest vantage point that they can climb up to in the house. It could be the fridge, the cabinet, and of course – a Christmas tree. You know, cats want to be the only star in your life.
3. A Christmas tree is equivalent to a giant cat toy
In an interview with Inverse, Mikel Delgado (a researcher at the University of California Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine) said that “Christmas trees are exciting for many cats. Those ornaments you hang on the tree turn it into a giant cat toy.”
6 Effective Ways for Cats and Christmas Trees to Co-exist
With Christmas trees and playful cats in the house, there are indeed many ways that danger and injury to kittens or cats can occur. Aside from holiday chaos, Christmas trees falling off can present serious injuries and threats to kids.
To ensure that Christmas stays being the most wonderful time of the year, we have listed down suggestions and tips to avoid Christmas tree mayhem with cats. Here are some of the most effective, proven, cheap ways on how to keep cats off the Christmas tree:
1. Cat Proof your Christmas Tree
If your problem is your cat climbing up branches to branches in your Christmas tree, you can block their way beneath the tree. One way to protect from the dangers of Christmas tree and vice versa, is putting a Christmas tree defender.
Watch the video below and find out what happened when a playful cat tried to climbed up a Christmas tree protected with a Christmas tree defender.
Cats are very smart animals, they observe surroundings, find their way to sneak into anything that looks fun, and climb unto something tall. If you can’t keep them out from climbing, wore them out. After all, a sleeping cat beneath a Christmas tree is a sight to behold.
2. Provide toys or cat trees for your cat
If your cat doesn’t have something to be curious about, chances are that their attention will be on your Christmas tree.
3. Avoid the use of tinsel
Tinsel, also known as angel hair, is one of the most common drapes used by many people to dress holiday trees. It is shiny, glittery, and of course can make any Christmas tree sparkle at the corner of any house.
While it may be entertaining to look at, tinsel is also a major hazard to your pets because it may strangle the cats or cause intestinal obstruction when digested.
That is why, as much as possible, we encourage you to buy safer form of Christmas tree drapes. You can try natural jute ribbon for Christmas tree (like the photo shown above) or anything less dangerous.
4. Unplug Christmas tree lights if leaving home or going to bed
To avoid short-circuit with wires or electrocution, unplug Christmas lights and turn off battery-operated Christmas tree lights before going away from home or when going to bed. Cats tend to bite and chew on electrical cords or plugs, and… flickering colorful lights is not an exemption.
5. Try using artificial Christmas Trees or Half Parasol Christmas Trees
Cats smelling powers are great that they can distinguish a real Tannenbaum or fir tree from an artificial one because of Christmas tree water. Most cats become attracted to Christmas trees because of the water reservoir of live trees. Adult cats and even kittens believe that a live Christmas tree is a watering hole placed inside the house for them.
So instead of getting a live tree, you can consider getting an artificial (but safe!) Christmas tree.
Recently, cat fanatics have been opting in to buy Half Parasol Christmas Tree – a 6ft tree without the bottom part that keeps the cat from being able to climb up to the top (See picture above).
6. Make your Christmas tree unappealing to cats
Aside from providing a toy distraction for cats to avoid Christmas trees, some cat owners use cat repellent items as a deterrent. It may be a cat-safe bitter spray, ultrasonic deterrent, or motion activated sensors to keep the cats away.
Just remember that one type of deterrent may not work on all cats because it may depend on a particular situation or scenario. Click the image or button above to go to the product page and pick the best option for your specific needs.