Post # 1
This is our first Christmas together after we started living together (still not engaged yet, but I have a feeling it’ll happen in the spring or summer when I graduate). In the meantime, we also adopted two kittens from the local SPCA. Mr. Squeak has a small fake Christmas tree with ornaments (and lots more ornaments in a box, he says), but both of us have been brought up with real, tall Christmas trees. I’m worried about the cats drinking the water from a real one, but I don’t want to settle for his puny one, it would just make it less Christmas-y for me (and I’m really big on Christmas). So I’m thinking of getting a combo at Walmart for a relatively cheap 6.5ft fake tree with their unbreakable ornaments, and see how it goes this year. Eventually we both want a real tree, but the cats are too little to not care about it.
Do you have any tips on dealing with kittens and their first Christmas tree?
Here are our two lovelies, about 6-7 months old:
Post # 3
I don’t have tips really. We have two cats, age 14 and 9 and they still love the Christmas tree. The dogs drink the water out of the tree more than the cats do but we just have to keep constantly checking the water level of the tree. Both cats have been prone to climb the tree (our one cat used to climb our fake tree also) and in my experience the real tree was harder for them to knock over than the fake one, I think because of the weight. I think unbreakable ornaments would be a great idea. I just had to throw in a picture, here’s my cat last year (our 14 year old).
Post # 4
I have had cats my whole life so I have gone through this every year. If they drink the tree water it wont hurt them. If I were you I would be more worried about them wanting to climb the tree. The best you can do is get a spray bottle and spray them if you catch them messing with the tree or take an empty soda can and put pennies in it and if they mess with the tree shake the can. You should also put cheap or non breakable ornaments near the bottom so that your good ones dont get messed up. My cats are older now so all they do is sleep under the tree but when they were young it only took a week or so of doing those things and the novelty wore off and they left it alone. Good luck and try not to get too mad at them
Post # 5
Cats and Christmas trees seem to go hand in hand in my experience. When I had a hat he would always be playing with or sleeping under it. Like other bees have said, I’d worry about the ornaments more and not the water. They’ll be fine, I promise!
Post # 6
I bought a 7″ artificial tree the year before we got our kittken. She’s 3 now, but I’m still too scared to put it back up. As long as we’ve had her, we’ve been using a 4″ tree that we put on top of the dining room table.
Post # 7
My cats LOVE Christmas. They love the tree, the presents, the ribbons and bows, everything. They never tried to climb the tree though. They did chew on the bottom branches but we would just make a loud noise and they would stop.
Post # 8
1) Get a tree skirt and tie it TIGHTLY around the base of the stand, thus blocking the water.
2) My cat knocked over my family tree a few years back (she wasn’t even climbing, she was just moving around it and bumped it). We now secure our tree with fishing line nailed into the wall. If you don’t mind nailing into your wall (or if you can figure out another way to secure it), I would suggest some precautionary measures.
PS your cats are adorable. I have a soft spot for black cats 🙂
Post # 9
such pretty kitties! the one on the left looks like my Smokey 🙂 How have they fared with the tree?
Post # 10
Thanks for your replies, everyone!
We decided to buy a fake tree on Craigslist to evaluate how they do with it. And, well, it was tough! We had a very sparse tree (only using unbreakable ornaments), with few ornaments on the bottom, and lots of kitty climbing in the trees! We would routinely find an ornament in some other part of the house, or a kitty (especially the girl on the right) chilling on a branch in the middle of the tree! They also loved chewing on the needles in the bottom (so glad we didn’t get a real one!! avoided many trips to the vet). Looks like we’re going to keep using this old fake tree (now all of its branches are bent…) until they settle down a little, then we’ll get a real one. Looks like our kitties love our tree just a bit too much 🙂
Post # 11
In the future, try orange peels on the lower branches. Our kitten climed our artificial tree (and tried to eat our advent wreath!), but once we added orange peel to both, she let them be. Spraying lemon juice or orange juice might work, as well, if you don’t want something noticeable.
Post # 12
@LadyBear: Thank you! That’s good to know!