Post # 1
We have a 7 foot artificial Christmas tree, and our cat won’t leave it alone. We yell at her, squirt her with a water bottle, and sprayed bitter apple all over it (so much that we can even taste it in the air if we go near the tree). I heard cats don’t like citrus, so I put orange peels around it…. She is undeterred. She chews the branches, swats at the ornaments, and literally climbs it.
Post # 3
Hmmmm my cat only tried to climb the tree once. But she does bite the tree and swats at the ornaments. You could try putting pennies in a tin can and shaking them. My cat HATES the noise. Now I don’t do that for the Christmas tree because I’ve just learned not to put ornaments near the bottom. She lays under it but really for the most part now leaves it alone. I do find ornaments on the floor sometimes still, but not as often as she can’t reach most of them.
Post # 4
Give her that tree and go buy your own! Seriously I went thru this with one cat I had. I never did have any success breaking her of it and when I took it down she started peeing all over the house so back up it went sans decorations. It stayed up until it fell apart from frequent climbing. Suprisingly she was ok with that and didn’t start peeing again.
Good luck with your kitty! I hope you have better luck that I did.
Post # 5
This is why we don’t have a tree and haven’t since we got our kitty almost 4 years ago. I would like a tree but I can almost guarantee that we’ll come home one day to find it torn apart and all of our ornaments in pieces. I don’t have it in me to deal with that very real possibility. I fear that we’ll never have a tree again.
Post # 6
My cat doesn’t bother our tree. She used to swat at ornaments but I just don’t hang them near the bottom anymore.
Post # 7
I have two cats and am skipping the Christmas tree this year (also because we’ll be out of town for Christmas). I’m interested to see what other bees have to say on this topic though.
Post # 8
Taking a break from the Pack game and just saw this scrolling thru FB and thought you may enjoy, but I apologize that this is NOT helpful 🙂
Post # 9
We couldn’t get one of our cats to stop climbing our tree last year and we couldn’t get him to stop. We haven’t put up a tree this year, mostly because we have a kitten and are afraid of her getting hurt when she tries to climb/play with the tree like our older cat does. I’m sorry I don’t have any better advice.
Post # 10
Our cat literally won’t stop chewing on it, we thought maybe if we let him go around it he would eventually leave it alone but still nothing. 🙁 For now it’s in our room and he just isn’t allowed in there.
Post # 11
If anyone has some tips, I’d love to hear them. We have a tiny little 3″ artificial tree, and one of our cats loves chewing on the leaves and playing with the ornaments. Last year, I came home several times to find the tree knocked over and lying on the floor like something dead. :/
Post # 12
nothing is working… hopefully she will just get more used to it over time and the novelty will wear off.
Post # 13
this is our life…we dont even try anymore
Post # 14
@Annabelle86: Too cute!
@secondchances: Sorry but that is so funny! I love that you put the tree back up for her.
Luckily, our two cats have no interest in the tree. They do enjoy drinking the water from the bottom of the tree though. And neither dog has ever peed on it so we’re all good.
Post # 15
My cat has never ever bothered our tree but we had a kitten at one point and she would climb it/ shake ALL the ornaments off and drive me nuts so I put up a small tree (think Charlie Brown) and she played with that one instead… she also slept under it then after a week or so she finally bit the tree and must have hurt her mouth because our big tree is fake and the little tree was real. She stayed away from both trees after that.
Post # 16
A friend of mine in high school had a problem where her cat would pee on their christmas tree. She said they got some sort of sticky pad to put around the tree. BUT if the cat is JUMPING onto the tree, that probably wouldn’t help…. And I googled it but found nothing. Sorry!
I guess I should be grateful that my parents’ cat just sleeps behind the tree?