How do you keep Cats out of the Christmas tree?

@Mommamea (1215)
United States
November 30, 2006 9:16pm CST
We have three cats. Two of which I cannot keep out of the Christmas trees. Do you have any suggestions? I haven't even put the ornaments on yet and they want to be in it. I also need help on keeping them from eating the artificial tree and getting sick from it if you have a solution please let me know.
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@shooie (4986)
• United States
1 Dec 06
This will be the first year we've had our cat over christmas so could be interesting with the tree. But there is a spray you can get at like walmart and probably pet stores that you spray in area's you don't want your pets to go. I'm think about getting a can because am more worried about my dogs getting in it than my cat...lol...good luck and or if you find another way to keep them out let me know
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@Mommamea (1215)
• United States
1 Dec 06
I will have to look for it. I heard about a ring that goes on the bottom of the tree to keep them away from it but I have never been able to find one or anyone else who knows about it. I will let you know if I find anything. You may be suprised that the cat will be more likely to cause you problems they think the ornaments are toys. What kind of dog and cat do you have?
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@shooie (4986)
• United States
1 Dec 06
pets - lil Chihuahua are a lil on the hyper side but very loving pets...be prepared for noise
our cat is a calico(mute)and we have two puppies that are Chihuahua and the older dog is Chihuahua/terrier mixed.
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@shooie (4986)
• United States
1 Dec 06
might wanna ask here at this cat forum...http://www.cat-world.com.au/forums/index.php?showtopic=24442
@kush12 (312)
• Australia
1 Dec 06
try putting a ring of pepper around the tree that should keep them away from it.
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@Mommamea (1215)
• United States
1 Dec 06
What type of pepper would that be? Black pepper or dried peppers?
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@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
1 Dec 06
I use black pepper and sprinkle it on the lower branches of the tree. I have 3 cats that are playful, and this works successfully for me. I have a large tree in the living room, and a 2' tree in the kitchen, and one in the bedroom. They will lay under the trees, but after nosing them once they just leave them alone. You cannot tell the branches have the pepper on them, I just take my shaker off the table and sprinkle some on. I tried the ring around the tree on the floor, but you can see it, so I like doing it this way better. Also, when I hang the lower ornaments, I take the little wire that holds them and pinch both ends closed, that way if they bat at the ornament it will not come off. I usually use non-breakable bulbs and ornaments for the first foot up the tree.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
1 Dec 06
all I can say is GOOD LUCK. It is so hard to keep cats from any plants. By having say that, it is very hard work and you have only two solutions: keep your eye 24/7 on your cat, or have an artificial Christmas tree.
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@Mommamea (1215)
• United States
1 Dec 06
They seem more rambunctious at night. We do have artificial trees and they stil get into them. Thanks for the response
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
1 Dec 06
Ok, my kitten is very active at night. It makes my dogs and my boyfriend apset. I am not, but I have Christmas tree with lights outside. Inside only things my kitten won't destroy. Next solution, get small gate and keep your cats away from room with Christmas tree. We all love our animals, don't we?
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@Idlewild (6094)
• United States
1 Dec 06
You don't. You can't. Cats are genetically coded to rip apart Christmas trees, piss on couches, and so on. Maybe you can give them catnip and keep them stoned until the new year.
@Mommamea (1215)
• United States
1 Dec 06
thank you for such lovely language on a discussion that you evidently didn't take much interest in. I will be sure to give you a negative.
@Idlewild (6094)
• United States
1 Dec 06
Actually I'm a cat lover and was making a humorous remark about their tendency to get into all kinds of mischief despite their owners' best efforts. Thanks for the negative rating, I'll be sure never to attempt a lighthearted remark on any of your discussions again.
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• United States
1 Dec 06
Like someone said, cats don't like citrus to much. My moms little kitty would always go to the bathroom in the living room, not the box. So she would eat an orange, save the peels, and put them in a small dish in that spot. The kitty didn't go there anymore,she found a new spot for a while, then Mom would repeat the process until they kitten used the box. We get a real tree every year and so far the 33 kitties we have have neve bothered it. They just go over, smell it, and either walk away or sleep under it. Sometimes we do have trouble if we put tinsel in the tree. So we have to be carefull about that.
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@Mommamea (1215)
• United States
1 Dec 06
Thanks I will definetly try this and let everyone know how it works. Wow 33 cats you must have a big house. Do they all live inside?
@rawpoet (2047)
• United States
1 Dec 06
I didn't read the entire discussion, but try putting really small rocks or marbles in a soda can, not a bottle. Every time they go near the tree, shake the can several times to get their attention. It will scare them off. They may come back again, but you just have to keep repeating it. Good luck!
@Mommamea (1215)
• United States
1 Dec 06
Thanks hadn't thought of that one. I have used that technique for other problems.
• United States
1 Dec 06
There are some scents like citrus that cats really dislike; if you think it's a good idea, you could try to spray something citrus-scented around the base of your tree. The only problem is that they might refuse to go *anywhere* near that part of the room for a long time afterward. I suggest keeping an eye on your kitties and when they go for the tree, plan a punishment system. My cat (she's 3) likes to lie under the artificial tree but (thankfully) doesn't bother it too much.
@Mommamea (1215)
• United States
1 Dec 06
Thanks I might try that and let you know how it works.
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@sbeauty (5870)
• United States
1 Dec 06
Our only solution to this was to quit putting up a tree. We got tired of the cats knocking them over. My stepson solved the problem at his house by putting a rope around the tree and nailing it to the wall. I've also seen a tree that is flat on one side that hangs on the wall and could be placed above where the kitties could reach.
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@Mommamea (1215)
• United States
1 Dec 06
I'm not ready to give up on the trees just yet. I appreciate the advice though. I will let you know if the trees come down.
@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
1 Dec 06
You can't, they'll do everything bad to it. It's a curse.
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@Mommamea (1215)
• United States
1 Dec 06
I don't want to hear that. I have 3 trees for them to destroy. Do you have cats? I don't want to be cursed. Surely there is something out there don't you think? Maybe I should patent something to help out. There has to be someone out there with a solution.
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@sabrinam (1204)
• United States
1 Dec 06
Have you tried spraying them with squirt bottles of water, we've tried that once with one of our cats that is particularly stubborn and he really didn't like it, lol. He ran off and hasn't done it again. Otherwise I would suggest looking at DrsFosterSmith.com for tips, they're vets and it's a very expansive website with lots and lots if info about kitties.
@Mommamea (1215)
• United States
1 Dec 06
unfortunatley my cats love water. Spray bottles have never bothered them. Thanks for the advice I will check out the site.
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@nancygibson (3737)
• France
1 Dec 06
I'm not sure there is a solution to this one, some cats just love to climb and cant resist the tree. Is there anyway you could make it more inaccessible to them, maybe find a way to stop them getting into the lower branches? Or go for a different appraoch and try other decor rather than a climbable tree. Silly creatures, they always look so surprised when it topples over or a bauble breaks don't they!
@dhicks30 (1948)
• United States
1 Dec 06
Well I don't have much help. Last year my cat was always in my tree. Well the one time she want up it, and it fell over all you see is a 6 feet tree falling over and a cat flying out of it. I was so mad I just fill the water up. So I had pine water all over my brand new carpet. If the kids would not of been standing there the tree would of want flying out the door. But after the cat is scared of the tree. But we got a new kitten in May, and she bad. So I know she will be up the tree. Someone told me to put something around the bottom of the tree, like boxes wrapped with christmas papper. So it looks nice, but that the cat can't go up the tree at the bottom.
@Mommamea (1215)
• United States
1 Dec 06
The only problem I have with that is they love to scratch the box until it is open and they can get in it. I will let you know if I find a solution that works.
@dhicks30 (1948)
• United States
1 Dec 06
Your cats are bad. lol Is there something that they don't like? If so put that in the tree or at the bottom of the tree. Like a stuffed animal, or something that makes a noise, an alarm.
@myklj999 (18274)
1 Dec 06
All I can really say is I wish you luck. I've had several felines over the years share my living quarters, and they pretty much do as they please. I've had to pick my tree up off of the floor dozens of times over the years. If you do figure out a good solution, please post it, because I would be interested in knowing it.
@Mommamea (1215)
• United States
1 Dec 06
I will let you know if I find a solution. Thanks for the concern.
@GardenGerty (102535)
• United States
2 Dec 06
It sounds like we are all a bunch of animal loving Christmas people. I have not had too much trouble in the past with my artificial trees, but I do run fishing line around it and anchor it in the corner where I stand it. When my kids were little I put the tree and packages in the play pen and put the side up, as much to keep the small kids out as the cats. Fragrances are good solutions, I think, but somehow at least one of my three always likes what the other ones dislike. Even citrus. I have better luck with a combo of tea tree oil and lavender. Enjoy a blessed holiday season. I saw an educational tv program that labelled cat/kitten liveliness and highjinks as "frapping" I like that term it is perfect: F-requent R-andom A-ctivity P-atterns.
@GardenGerty (102535)
• United States
2 Dec 06
It sounds like we are all a bunch of animal loving Christmas people. I have not had too much trouble in the past with my artificial trees, but I do run fishing line around it and anchor it in the corner where I stand it. When my kids were little I put the tree and packages in the play pen and put the side up, as much to keep the small kids out as the cats. Fragrances are good solutions, I think, but somehow at least one of my three always likes what the other ones dislike. Even citrus. I have better luck with a combo of tea tree oil and lavender. Enjoy a blessed holiday season. I saw an educational tv program that labelled cat/kitten liveliness and highjinks as "frapping" I like that term it is perfect: F-requent R-andom A-ctivity P-atterns.
• Canada
1 Dec 06
oh my i have no clue how to keep cats out of the tree i wake up some mornings and the tree is on the ground. or ill have a cat slleping in it or under it on the presents which dont usually stay wrapped if there under there.
@delina123 (2455)
• Canada
1 Dec 06
I was told there was a spray of some kind that you spray right on the tree and around it.I dont know what it is called but my mom had it and it really worked.Just call your pets store maybe they can tell you where you can find it
@Thewishlady (1046)
• Netherlands
1 Dec 06
Oh I have got thisproblem too but I have found out that my cats only climb in a real tree. We bought a fake tree and they didnt do it again... Maybe this helps?
@lucaspina (372)
• Brazil
1 Dec 06
i dont have a cat, i have a dog but he is so good!
@vmoore709 (1102)
• United States
1 Dec 06
My cat does the same thing. I've tried everything and nothing seems to work. He's even pushed the tree over a bit so it was lopsided. Good luck this year!