(Closed) Christmas and kitties

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
2440 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

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
858 posts
Busy bee

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
658 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

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
3692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

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
1723 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
1048 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

My advice:

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
1091 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

such pretty kitties! the one on the left looks like my Smokey 🙂 How have they fared with the tree?

Post # 11
4337 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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.

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