The festive season is once again upon us and it's time for the Christmas tree to be put up. Cats are curious creatures and many of them will find the brightly decorated tree irresistible. The only foolproof way to keep your cat away from your Christmas tree is to put the tree in a room the cat can't access, however for most of us this is often not practical, so the next best solution is to make the tree as safe as possible.
- Ensure the tree has a good solid base so it won't easily be knocked over by your cat. Try not to have the tree near furniture and or shelves which the cats could use to jump onto the tree.
- Keep valuable and breakable objects closer to the top of the tree where they can't easily be reached by your cat.
- Properly secure breakable objects with wire hangers or twist ties.
- Place a 'Scat Mat' under the tree, to deter your cat.
- Secure your tree by attaching some clear fishing wire to the top of the tree and attaching to a ceiling hook.
- Try placing some orange or lemon peel around the base of the tree. Cats dislike the smell of citrus. Replace the peel often.
- If your cat is prone to nibbling on the branches, spray some bitter apple on.
- Place some plastic carpet runner, turned upside down on the floor around the tree. Cats dislike the feel of this on their feet.
Christmas tree safety and cats
- When there is nobody around, unplug Christmas lights, you may want to try applying a cat repellent such as bitter apple to the lights to deter your cat from chewing the wires, obviously if this was to happen it could cause a fatal electric shock.
- Place plastic tubing around the light wiring which goes from the tree to the electrical outlet to prevent your cat chewing through it and being electrocuted.
- Be careful with small wire hooks often used to attach ornaments to trees. A safer alternative is fishing line or twist ties.
- Avoid using tinsel and garland, this can easily be swallowed and can cause choking and cause damage to the intestines.
- Real Christmas trees are more dangerous to cats than fake plastic ones. Pine needles can puncture internal organs if eaten, they are also toxic to cats. Vacuum needles daily!
- If you do have a real tree, make sure the drink stand has plenty of water to prevent the tree drying out and losing needles. It is important that your cat isn't able to get to this water and drink it as it could result in poisoning.
Have a very Merry Christmas.
Last updated 12th December, 2016.