Cat likes to climb Christmas tree

United States
November 27, 2009 6:34pm CST
For the last two years we've had a problem with our cats at Christmas. They both like to play with the ornaments on our artificial tree and one of them likes to climb the tree. Last year they even turned it over once-- about half the ornaments fell off and I had to re-decorate it. We are going to put the tree in a different place this year to try to discourage them from playing with it. Does anyone have any other suggestions for a way to keep them away from the tree?
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• United States
28 Nov 09
Supposedly cats do not like the smell of citrus. Try either putting some citrus spray around the bottom of the tree or on the tree skirt, or hang slices of oranges, lemons, lime off the bottom, or put in cute Christmassy bowls around the bottom. I know that sounds funny but it might be worth a try. Or, hang some of their toys off the bottom branches and maybe they won't climb up into it? Haha, I'm laughing at myself mentioning this stuff cause it all sounds so silly but who knows? My cats (when I had two) just liked to hide underneath it, never climbed up into it so I didn't have the problem. Good Luck! Hopefully, you won't have to hide your tree where no one will see it!
• United States
28 Nov 09
The citrus spray suggestion sounds like a good idea. We haven't had a problem with any of our previous cats trying to climb the tree. Some of them liked to play with the ornaments and we learned not the hang anything breakable near the bottom of the tree. But we adopted a new cat 2 years ago who is very active and is into everything and he is the one who climbed the tree.
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• United States
28 Nov 09
A tree is such a neat thing for a cat. They have no idea that you actually brought the tree in for some other purpose than exciting them. I have a niece that decorates her tree with the fluff balls that you use for washing with liquid soap in the bath. Other than that, I would put the tree in a room where the cats do not go or better yet, decorate one outside and use other decorations in the house. That's what I do. When people come to my house, I have a tree just outside my front door all decorated. On the inside I have a manger setting, snowmen, and other Christmas decorations. They always love being greeted with a beautiful tree just before entering our home.
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• United States
28 Nov 09
Thanks for the suggestions. We are going to move the tree to a different room in the house and hopefully that will help.
@cream97 (29088)
• United States
28 Nov 09
Hi, Wilbet28! Can you put them in a seperate room that is closed up? That way they won't be able to get a hold of the Christmas tree. Keep the cats in a cage that is in a small area that is closed up. I hope that you can try to find an secluded spot for them.
@thezone (9394)
• Ireland
28 Nov 09
Hi cream97, I don't think your idea is a viable solution. Cats are free spirits and don't take kindly to being caged up. No cat owner or any animal owner would cage up an animal for the duration of the holidays. Most cat owners would rather a ruined Christmas tree than do that
@thezone (9394)
• Ireland
28 Nov 09
Oscar and Wilde as Kittens - Oscar and Wilde when they were innocent lol
Hi Wilbet28, We had the same problem with two of our cats, Oscar and WIlde when they were kittens. The Christmas tree was like a playground for them. They used to do the same thing and climb up in the tree and play with the ornaments. They also knocked the tree down and we had to re-decorate it as well. The best way is but a little water pistol and anytime they go near the tree squirt them with it, they will soon learn their lesson and it does them no harm at all. This worked for us and now they don't go near the tree at all.
@thezone (9394)
• Ireland
28 Nov 09
They are brothers so I guess you could call them twins and they are Double Trouble
• United States
28 Nov 09
Thanks for the suggestion. Your kittens are so cute! They look like twins--double trouble!
@kaylachan (41694)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
28 Nov 09
Growing up my family and I had the same problem. Cats will find trees interesting because its not only new, but its something different. They also think its real. One thing we did was start a month early and put the tree up with out any decerations. Once the cats got used to the deceroations we started to trim it very slowly. If they tried to climb it, we would use a watter bottle and make like we were going to squirt them with it. This trick works if and especially if your cat hates water. Its something that is defently worth a try.
• United States
28 Nov 09
The water bottle idea might work for our cats--they definitely don't like water. We bought a couple of toy water pistols last year for the grandchildren and I'll try them out when the cats get near the tree.
• United States
28 Nov 09
Luckily I only have one cat. last year he sort of left the tree alone. In fact he tore open the presents rather then played with the tree. The year before how ever he knocked my tree down, then had the nerve to sit there and blame it on my Chi. Which had run behind the couch terrified by the tree almost landing on top of her. Yet he was sitting there in the middle of the floor still tangled up in the lights, and staring in her direction as if to say the dog did it. It took us about 10 minutes to get him all untangled. The next day he was at it again and got caught doing it. Yet he once again was having to play innocent. Never mind all of the garland he was wrapped up in, he just figured he could get away with it. If I know him I am sure this year he will try something. He usually does. And of course we will be having a litter of puppies for him to blame it on this year. Not the fact that they are going to be way to small to even try playing with the tree. You can try Stay off, its a spray that you can buy in the stores its in the pet section just spray some of it on a small piece of cloth, and then put it in the tree some place. Cats dont like the smell so they stay away from it. It also works with furniture.
• United States
28 Nov 09
LOL! We don't have any other pets besides the 2 cats, but if we did I'm sure the cats would try to blame them for all the trouble they cause. They also like to play with bows on the presents. I think I'll try some of the Stay Off spray to see if it works. Last year we put our tree in front of a window in the living room and moved a table that the cats liked to sit on and gaze outside. I think they were upset that we moved their table and they could not look out the window. We're moving the tree to another room this year, so that they can still look outside and hopefully this will help too.
@Debs_place (10523)
• United States
28 Nov 09
I have anchored the tree to the wall and furniture to keep it from going over when the cats climb it and I use unbreakable ornaments. I have tried sprays and stuff that is supposed to keep cats away but it never worked.
@cher913 (25782)
• Canada
28 Nov 09
what i used to do for my daughters when they were little and the first year we had our cat (oddly enough, she has no interest in the christmas tree) was put bells all along the bottom as ornaments, that would tell me if our girls (or the cat) was near the tree. hope this helps.
@BarBaraPrz (40252)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
28 Nov 09
You could try one of those sprays that are supposed to keep them off furniture...
• United States
28 Nov 09
outside of getting shatterproof decorations,not really. they're gonna do it. i have to replace my original tree one of these days..my first 6 cats put a permanent bend in it.all six would climb it at once and hang out til spotted.
@SomeCowgirl (32191)
• United States
28 Nov 09
Don't quote me on this but I think vinegar should do the trick. It has a very strong smell and will make them not want to go around the tree. Though if they get used to it, it may prove to be useless, but you could try spraying vinegar on or around the tree to keep them away.
@gloamglozer (1285)
• Australia
28 Nov 09
Perhaps you could decorate one of the cats scratching posts or something if you have something like that for your cat. You could even let them play with the spare ornaments so they wont get the ones off your tree. If you don't have a scratching post for your cat maybe you could get one as a Christmas present for it! Other than that I don't know what else you could try. I hope my suggestion helps you.
• China
6 Jan 10
beat it! Buy a puppy! move your tree away! change your hourse!