(Closed) Calling all cat owners!

posted 4 years ago in Pets
Post # 31
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I grew up with cats and my parents still have two of mine. None of our cats ever cared about the Christmas Tree. So I’m not much help. My dog, on the other hand, loves the tree. 

Post # 32
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105 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

prettylittlemrs:  haha yeah we’ve had cats and they’ve all pretty much just attacked the ornaments. Typically they don’t last too long, and we don’t replace them too often on the low-hanging branches. Cats aren’t fond of strong odors though, so if you spray some apple cider vinegar around the base that might help. I’ve also heard citronella works and other strong smelling oils. You’d have to make sure they’re covered though. 

Typically they’ve lost interest after the first year though, or as they get older, or sometimes just have plain lost interest quickly. Depends on the cat. I’d try to steer clear of anything that jingles or is particularly light-catching near the base, and try spraying some scents around the base of the tree that kitties aren’t fond of ^_^

Post # 33
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Helper bee

prettylittlemrs:  my cat liked to play with the oranments that hang lower, so we put them up higher out her her reach. Also make a spray sounds with your mouth too, like psssst. That way you dont always have to spray your cat and they are conditioned to hear that sounds and know to quit what they are doing. 

Other than that, we had no problems. Cats are curious, so just make that spray sound every time she gets too close to the tree or starts playing with thr tree, she wont mess with it anymore. 

Post # 34
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

prettylittlemrs:  If I were you I would worry more about keeping the cat safe rather than the cat destroying it. I have heard plenty of stories of cats getting strangled in lights. Put up a small tree on a table where the cat can’t get it.

Post # 35
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I would recommend getting a fake tree to begin with. Our low budget solution was duct taping it to the floor. All of our decorations were non breakable, and we sprayed “Bitter Apple” on the tree to stop her from chewing on the lights (we had to spray it once a day or so and make sure she saw us doing it).  In regards to presents, paper is fine but ribbons etc are really bad. Cats will eat them, and need surgery to get them out. Also be careful with toxins around Christmas time: poinsettias, Lillies (thats more Easter but just in case) and a bunch of other household plants are very dangerous for cats. In the future you may be able to get a real tree again but until you know how your baby responds to them I would go with the fake and non breakable. A lot of cats mellow out as they age as well (my old lady cat just likes to sit underneath it, her climbing days are over!)

 

Post # 36
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266 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

aspade:  you just reminded me that while my cat has grown out of annoying the christmas tree we can’t leave presents out as he chews them open!! I have to keep them in the cupboard and lock him out when I wrap them! (we dont use ribbon just paper) Luckily he is cute! 

Post # 38
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

Our cat is super chill and doesnt get into mischief really so all is weel. All I gotta say is make sure there is no long tinsel on the tree… i had cats growing up and we had tinsel and they would eat it and then it would be sticking out their ass. It’s not pleasant having to pull that stuff out of their ass, even with gloves, just gross. Not to mention it’s dangerous (just found out recently)

Post # 39
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

prettylittlemrs:  It depends on the cat… but we have 2 young cats (2 yrs/ old), who pretty much just hid behind the tree and would jump out at each other, but that was it.  It’s pretty cute.  At one point they were interested in the (plastic) ornaments, but then I put down some empy cardboard boxes by the tree, and they were much more interested in those.  They haven’t attempted climbing the tree yet.  Mostly the just sniff it, hide under it, and play in the boxes. 

I agree with the others.. definitely avoid the tinsel though…..  and a tree skirt.

Post # 40
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Buzzing bee

prettylittlemrs:  We put non breakable wire attached ornaments near the bottom so he can’t knock them off/break them. I will say that the one year we got a real tree he would NOT leave it alone. Every year since then we’ve gotten a fake tree and he is much less interested in it. 

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