Post # 1
I have had cats my whole life… although up until last year, this meant two cats. My first cat that my parents had when I was born, died when I was 15 and the cat we got after is still living today. Neither of these cats never had any issues with the Christmas tree. However, my parents also got the cats as adults, not kittens. The worst was maybe pawing at some ornaments here and there. But nothing major.
I moved out last year and adopted two kittens at 3 months old. By Christmas, they were almost 6 months old. They thought the tree was a big cat toy! They loved to climb it. It started to get bent out of shape so we moved it to our basement and closed it off with a baby gate. We were lucky that it wasn’t until Christmas day that one of the cats figured out that she could jump the gate.
This year I don’t know what to do. They’re older now, a year and a half. I feel like they’re still mischievous at times. I think they keep each other young and playful.
We haven’t put the tree up… Is there any chance that they have forgotten what fun it was last year and won’t attempt to climb it?
Post # 3
hahahahahaha…. LOL, you are optimistic!
Seriously though… it’s kind of cute to watch them playing with the decorations.
Post # 4
I have two older kittens (about 10 months old and maybe 8 months old) and they thought mine was a great toy for about 5 days. They’ve actually been leaving it alone for the most part now. I think the newness just wore off. I still haven’t put any ornaments on it though, just lights. I did spray it with some of that bitter apple spray and took to spraying them with a little water gun the first few days…but I think they just lost interest more than anything (because they still do other stuff that I routinely spray them for!).
Another cat we had did climb the tree when it was young but as she got older she didn’t do it anymore. She just slept under it.
I’d say there’s definitely a chance! Maybe put it up but don’t put up any ornaments for a few days…
Post # 5
@kes18: Does the apple spray work? When you leave the house, do you let them roam around? Or do you keep them in a room away from the tree?
Maybe I will try it without ornaments. They have grown a lot since last year. Maybe they will realize that.
I can’t spray them with water because it makes me feel so bad. I tried it once and the look my kitty gave me broke my heart haha. I’m not strong enough for it!
Post # 6
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@MrsGatito: I’ve heard putting aluminum foil under/on the tree helps because cats don’t like it. It MAY be possible they’ve grown out of it, my cat grew out of chewing on wires *luckily for me LOL.
Post # 7
@MrsGatito: Best thing I ever tried was Pledge furniture polish. I knew kitties hated citrus so I took it one year and sprayed some cotton balls with it and placed them along the bottom branch. Sure enough, my cat stopped climbing the tree. I’ve done that for the last few years. This year, though, after she showed interest in climbing I just sprayed the the main post near the bottom row of branches. She still loves laying underneath it all adorably but no more problems with her climbing it.
Also, don’t hang ornaments from the bottom branches. Swinging kitty toys!
Post # 8
@MrsGatito: Surrounding your tree in tinfoil or putting tape (sticky side up) around it will help keep them away. Cats HATE it. I’ve had mixed success with these methods, but on the off chance it works, it could be worth it!
Post # 9
@MrsGatito: I’m not sure it works forever. It works immediately after you spray it, mine definitely hate the taste of it. But it must wear off because they don’t seem to care after that. I do leave them out (to roam) all day. One has been hiding under it and playing under it but the other one stopped actually climbing into it after I used the spray. I don’t think he liked the mouthful he got.
As someone else mentioned, cats don’t like the citrus smell so that’s a good idea too.
Post # 10
I tried citrus when we had a problem with them climbing into the TV cabinet. I put lemon lysol wipes all around in there. It didn’t stop them… They stepped all over the wipes. Then I got worried teh lysol on their paws would get them sick so I took them out. I had also tried tin foil for this problem, it also didn’t work. Eventually they stopped climbing in on their own though. Novelty wore off, I guess.
This was over a year ago though so maybe they are less curious. One is a bit of a “fraidy cat” however the other is a determined little one. I will try some of these ideas, and set the tree up with no decorations for the first few days.
If only I could make them understand that Santa won’t come if they are naughty kitties! Santa is considering buying them a new cat tree… so they should be good!
Post # 11
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Good luck with that chance this year.
My cat is 2 and this is his second Christmas, no change whatsoever. If anything he’s MORE excited because he remembers how much fun he had last year!
Post # 12
Last year our cats destroyed our Christmas tree. We had one of those artificial ones with lights already on it, and they broke all the bottom branches right off. We ended up having to take most of the ornaments off since the cats would pull them down in the night. We tried citrus spray and putting orange peels around the tree, as well as spraying them with water when they climbed the tree, but to no avail. We also bought then a cat climbing tree around the same time, but they still climbed the Christmas tree as well
This year we just decided not to put up a tree, because it was so frustrating last year. They are just so curious and get into everything, so it isn’t worth it.
Post # 13
Noooo this is not reassuring!
If it doesn’t work out we will put it up in the computer room upstairs. There’s a door we can keep them out with. But I really hope the tree works out. I hope they don’t remember last year! We didn’t keep the tree out too long because they were ruining it so hopefully that helped.
Post # 14
@MrsGatito: Weird all the cats I have ever had have never bothered the Christmas tree or should say climb it. My cat likes to sit underneath ours and try to chew on the lower branches but that is about it.
I know many years ago when the guy I was dating currently I gave him my old tree I had and got the one I have now. He has two cats. That tree was up maybe 24 hours before his cats knocked it down and then it went into storage and probably has not seen the light of day since then…
Post # 15
@MrsGatito: They’re lucky they’re cute right?
Post # 16
@MrsGatito: Put a screw into the wall a couple of feet down from the top of the tree. Tie a string to the tree trunk and then around the head of the screw. At least they won’t be able to knock it over! (Our cat is two. He is still going nuts climbing the tree and knocking ornaments off it.)