Kitties have some very cute holiday traditions, such as helping their humans decorate, supervising the cooking, and, of course, wreaking havoc on Christmas trees. Read on as a Los Gatos, CA vet offers some helpful advice on putting up a cat-proofed tree.
Keep your feline buddy in mind as you are hanging decorations. Decorate the bottom part of the tree sparingly, and with safe, sturdy ornaments, things that won’t break if Fluffy knocks them down. Keep ribbon, tinsel, lights, and delicate ornaments on the top part of the tree, out of paws’ reach.
Consider getting a fake tree. They’re reusable, and harder for cats to climb!
As far as Fluffy is concerned, the tree is a giant cat tower surrounded by all sort of fun toys. What would be even better? A real cat tower, surrounded by all sorts of fun toys. Give your kitty some of her gifts a bit early.
Use fishing line to secure the top of the tree to the wall or ceiling. It won’t show, but the extra support may help keep your tree upright. Also, make sure to get a sturdy base for your tree, so it doesn’t wobble.
If you put the tree beside a table, desk, or sofa that Fluffy can use to get into the tree, well, you’re really just making things easy for her. Put the tree in a spot where it won’t be too close to any of your furniture. A corner is a good bet.
We all know how much Fluffy loves boxes! Put a few empty boxes under the tree. You can put wrapping paper on them to make them look more seasonal. Your kitty may forget everything else, and just play with the boxes.
Make time to play with your feline buddy daily. If your cat wears herself out playing Catch The Red Dot, she may very well be too tired to ransack your tree.
If all else fails, you can try using a baby gate to block your frisky pet’s access to the tree. If your kitty can’t reach the tree, she can’t knock it over!
Happy Holidays! Please reach out to us, your local Los Gatos, CA vet clinic, for all of your kitty’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!