Post # 16
I’ve tried the no-chew spray on various things and it’s worked for my cat, granted he’s generally well behaved.
Just put our mini tree up since we don’t have room for a big one and I let him get used to it for a bit before putting anything on it, eventually he left it alone.
Our other cat the more we told her to stop the more she wanted to get inside the damn thing lol. Actually, now that I recall she shocked herself one year chewing the cord for the lights.
Post # 17
Following because this is our second tree free year due to cat. Lol. She also chews the plastic needles.
Post # 18
Thanks for the tips everyone. I put green Garland up on our fireplace and tried to block off the area where they could jump to and Darling Husband and I woke up.to.a crash to find a bunch of ornaments smashed on the ground.
We are going to put the tree up today in the room and try to train them by enticing them to more interesting (catnip) things. I doubt it’s going to work
Post # 19
Another vote for peppermint oil! You can dilute it and mist it onto the bottom limbs of the tree where they are tempted to chew. It has worked for my little Christmas terror!
Post # 20
Okay so we made some.progress! I bought some bitter apple spray that you put ON your pet to prevent them from scratching/chewing the area. I felt better because its not toxic to cats.
Putting it on the tree didnt really work. But they do not like the smell. We bought some cat nip spray and sprayed some of their toys and put it by the tree. And any time they attempted to bite the tree we stuck the bottle of bitter apple in their face and they backed off. I brought them over to their toys and for a solid 10 minutes they were rolling around on the toys. This is looking promising!!!
Post # 21
What about something like this? It is rather cheap and won’t make your cat feel that your punishing them. Most cats hate loud noises or air bursts so it would be a great deterrent.
Post # 21
The only thing that truly works.
Or try this alternative tree
Post # 22
Good luck, I’d put the tree up for several days even before trying to decorate it.
Post # 23
Out of my 2 cats, only one is a menace when it comes to the tree. He chews the plastic branches…. or the lights when they’re on. I’ve been using a water spray and that seems to have worked thus far. I love the idea of bitter apple spray. Like other posters say, double sided sticky tape works like a charm because they *hate* the feeling on their paws.
Post # 25
Oh this thread is cracking me up! Long passed away now, but one of our cats, oh what a pain, she ATE Christmas tree lights. The little ones, she literally would chew on them while they were ON. We had to keep them up top, (she was never a climber thank goodness). Such a lucky cat she never electricuted herself, I always got there in time. After 2 times I realized she was nuts (not a surprise there) and made sure she couldn’t get to them. ATE them. The glass part.
Post # 26
somathemagical : Honestly i want to buy that….lol.
Post # 27
somathemagical : I was gonna post the same thing. Hahahaha
Post # 28
I have a few suggestions!
- Get a mini tree with plastic ornaments. We did this last year and our cat only knocked it over once haha!
- Spray citronella or orange oil under and around the tree.
- Get a regular size tree and set up and leave it alone for a day or two. Then add a few ornaments. Then add a few more. Etc. This will work in not totally overwhelming your cat.
Last year was my first year with a cat so I didn’t know what to do. This year we kept the small 3 foot tree from last year and then added a 7 1/2 foot tree. We just left it out for a day or so before we decorated so he could get used to it.
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Post # 30
You can get on board with this weird ass trend 😂
But seriously, I have the same problem
She hasn’t climbed up in it yet this year, but she’s made it her magical twinkly bed 😂