Post # 1
I know this is early, but I’m starting to think ahead already.
This is mine and DH’s first year owning a cat together. Everything is going well. He has a tendency to get into things he shouldn’t, but usually will stop if we squirt him with water or clap our hands loud enough. Because it’s our first year having him, it’s also our first Christmas. I’m beyond excited. My only concern is the tree and presents.
If you had kittens/cats who kept trying to destroy the tree, how did you stop them from doing so (if you could)? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!
Post # 2
We’ve had our cats for five years and still haven’t been brave enough to attempt a Christmas tree!!! Interested to see if anyone has any good tips!
Post # 3
I leave 1 bauble in the ground near the tree… b7t my cat is older. He plays for about 5 minutes and then he is over it.
Also if you skip baubles and have bows that actually tie to the tree they wont be as attractive to them as they dont jingle or move…
Post # 4
How do you stop the cat from destroying the tree? – Don’t put one up. When I just had the two cats, (we now have 7 including fosters) I put a small Christmas tree up when I lived with my uncle. Everyday, I’d have to redress the tree and when I moved out 8 months later, we found Christmas decorations ALL OVER the house! I guess it depends on the age of your cats I guess. But if they’re climbers, I wouldn’t put an actual tree up. We haven’t for years.
Post # 5
We have 5 cats but luckily none of them try to climb the tree. Only thing is they will knock off the decorations. We make a point to avoid glass decorations, or just put those at the top. I’m still finding decorations under the couch from last year. LOL
Post # 6
My cat doesn’t destroy our tree, but she does knock off decorations that are close to the ground 😉 We just get unbreakable decorations and if there are any that can break we put them closer to the top of the tree. She sometimes attempts to climb the tree, but she doesn’t get very far aha. She doesn’t ruin presents, but will chew ribbon if there’s a lot of extra on the present as decoration! She’s 7 and still hasn’t grown out of it – I find it entertaining even though it can be a pain to try to collect all the things she knocks around the house 😉
ETA: I don’t have tips on preventing that behaviour all together, but I suggest hanging some ornaments under the tree at the very bottom so that your cat doesn’t feel the need to climb or explore the tree for decorations to play with. Also, avoid ornaments that jingle because that will likely encourage your cat to shake/climb the tree.
Post # 7
I like the bauble on the ground idea. He’s the kind of cat who will go absolutely crazy for about five minutes then settle. He’s also the type to play with a ball (jingling or not) for about five minutes then get bored of it, so this might be a good place to start.
I’d like to give him the benefit of the doubt. I imagine it will be difficult to prevent it entirely, but I’d like to give him the chance to learn not to do it. If he persists then I won’t worry next year or the year after.
I’ve made a point from the minute I moved out of home to have shatterproof baubles. I’m very clumsy, lol so I’ve got that covered. 😛 Thank you, though.
From memory we don’t have any jingling ornaments but this is a good tip, thank you!
Got a few good ideas, here. If he does play with it or try and destroy it might just try the good old spray bottle trick…thank you everyone for your input! If anyone has any other suggestions, please, feel free 🙂
Post # 8
If you want to you could use a Scat Mat at the base of the tree. It gives off a VERY mild electric shock if the cat stands on it. And it is very mild, otherwise I would never suggest it. It’s more to annoy the cat than harm. http://www.safepetproducts.com/scat-mat-for-cats-and-dogs.html#.VewnmOkxGuU
Post # 9
Simple, we put up a tree in the basement where he’s not allowed lol. We’ve got lots of balls and trinkets that he would LOVE to get his little paws on lol!
Post # 10
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I have two cats (ages 13 and 3 respectively). When the 13 year old was a kitten she would try to CLIMB the tree. The pain of it was you can’t startle her away once she starts climbing, because if she spooks she can make the tree fall over. We had to put up a baby gate to keep her out if we weren’t in the room to supervise. Fortunatly she grew out of it and couldn’t care less about the tree now.
The three year old likes to swat at decorations. I can’t stand the look of leaving the bottom few branches bare, so on them I put a few dollar store decorations that I don’t care about. If they get broken or lost, no big deal.
When you have a cat, you have to accept the fact that some kitties are just drawn to the christmas tree. Hopefully, your kitty will be like my older one and grow out of it.
Post # 11
Just a heads up – my cat ate tinsel one year! I only knew because i came home to find tinsel hanging out of her butt. Turned out to be a piece one foot long. A trip to the vet on Christmas Eve … vet said he gets a lot of cat-eating-tinsel patients every year.
She was eventually fine but could have been in real trouble if it had wound around her bowel.
On the funny side, the litter box was very sparkly for a few days 🙂
Post # 12
I have two very naughty cats that always get into everything! This will be our third christmas with them and they have never even bothered the tree and they actually like to sleep under it!
Post # 13
Thank you, I’ll take a look 🙂
Yeah, he seems like the type of cat to be interested by it for a few minutes then bored for the next month, but who knows? Fingers crossed he is just unfazed by it, or too distracted by flashing lights to even notice 😛
Oh wow. Yeah, thank you so much for the heads up!! It’s one of those things I wouldn’t even think of until it’s too late…it’s also nice to know that should it happen, the vet won’t think I’m a horrible pet owner when I take him in 🙂
Post # 14
I haven’t even attempted to have a tree! Our youngest cat is waaaay too naughty lol.
Post # 15
Do you have a real tree or a fake tree? My cat won’t touch a real tree but loves to climb our fake tree, eat pieces of it (and throw up everywhere) and knock the ornaments off. She’s a jerk but there isn’t much you can do when she’s alone with it 10 hours a day.