How to keep your cat out of the Christmas tree? Do you own a cat and trying to figure out how to keep it out of the tree? The following tips will help your cat stop ruining Christmas trees whether the trees are artificial or real, so you don’t have to worry about them ruining your favorite holiday!
Cat Proof Your Christmas Tree
Nothing quite compares to the glow of a Christmas tree once the ornaments are dangling, the lights are twinkling, and the presents are underneath the tree. That is until it gets knocked over by your trusted four-legged friend who sends it flying across the room.
We have found some of the best ways that readers have used to help keep their cats out of the Christmas tree.
Hopefully, at least one of these ideas will help you too!
A large number of decorations are attractive to cats and dogs, which can lead to destructive outcomes when they get into the decorations. In some cases, people hang upside-down artificial trees from their ceilings as part of their decorations. For those of you who are curious (I was), here is an example of how it looks. Are you willing to give it a go?
How To Keep Your Cat Out of The Christmas Tree
1. Soak ribbons in orange oil (You can find what Orange Oil is here!); you will need to tie them all over the inner and lower branches of the Christmas tree.
2. In the process of setting up your Christmas tree, tie the ribbons on the tree and leave it for a day or two until the cats figure out that the tree that you have decorated is not something they like.
3. Cats hate tin foil. If they get curious about the tree, put tin foil around the base of the tree.
4. Someone else suggested keeping a water bottle or squirt gun on hand and hissing when they go near it.
5. I found a really cool idea for a pre-decorated wall tree. This is a tapestry with LED lights that looks like a Christmas tree.
Christmas Hacks for Cats
6. Cats don’t like pepper. Use black or red flakes and sprinkle them around or near the Christmas tree.
7. Get Shatterproof ornaments! These shatterproof ornaments are made of strong, eco-friendly plastic that has been coated with a harmless flashlight powder that provides excellent shatterproof attributes. The ornament is safe for children, the elderly, and pets.
8. One reader suggested that you can place cloves inside whole oranges and hang them from your tree by a ribbon to encourage your kitties not to get too close to it.
9. Get a skinny tree eliminating the cat to be able to climb into it.
10. Anchor the Christmas tree to the wall to help keep your kitty out of it.
11. Put a Toddler gate around your Christmas tree to keep the cats out of it.
12. You could put orange peels at the bottom of your tree.
13. Spray peppermint oil on the tree (you may want to dilute it some). This is the number one idea that has helped many readers keep their cats out of the Christmas tree.
This is the number one idea that has been successful in keeping many readers’ cats out of the Christmas tree in the past. It is the most effective way to do it. Spray peppermint oil on the tree (you may have to dilute it a bit). In my last search for peppermint oil, I found a high-rated one for less than $5 on Amazon. Should it change, please let me know, and I’ll update it right away. Thanks!😻
What Plants to Keep Away from Pets
There are a lot of plants that are on display during the holiday season. Though they are festive and fun, they could be harmful to your kitties, cats, puppies, dogs, you name it!
You will want to keep these plants away from your pets!
- Pine Needles
Also, ensuring holiday pet safety is very important. Just like we have to instruct children, pets must be taught that there are dangers as well!
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, so you will want to ensure to Cat-Proof your Christmas tree. We hope these ideas help!
Grumpy Cat Gift Ideas
We love grumpy cat gifts and handing them out for a grumpy cat Christmas gift is at the top of my list. If you need ideas for Christmas gifts check out our Black Friday Guide or the BEST gifts for kids here!
Paula Halcom says
Ha ha ha…a baby gate will not work…at least not with our cat. We had a skinny tree, and a 48″ dog kennel wrapped around the tree last year, and the little stinker just used the wires on the kennel as a way to swat the ornaments off. He’s a brat. I am going to try the orange oil idea. Lets hope for the best.
Oh no, LOL. I hope the orange oil works well for you! Fingers crossed. 🙂
Nova S says
we have 3 cats. hopefully these will help lol
Debbie P says
Thanks for the great tips. I love the picture!
Kara Marks says