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Cat Proofing The Christmas Tree

Cat playing with a ribbon on the table (Christmas decorations)

If you own a cat, you know how difficult it can sometimes be to keep them from climbing all over the Christmas tree. Lights and ornaments are tempting and they may want to explore. Here are a few suggested tips that have had great results for keeping your pet safe and out of harms way.

  • Soak ribbons in orange oil and tie them all over the inner and lower branches of the

  • Christmas tree. You can also use orange peels.

  • Cats hate tin foil. If they get curious about the tree put tin foil around the base of the tree.

  • Cats don’t like pepper either. Sprinkle black or red flakes around or near the Christmas tree.

  • Get Shatterproof ornaments.

  • Put cloves in whole oranges and hang them by the ribbon on your tree.

  • Get a skinny tree eliminating the cat to be able to climb into it.

  • Anchor the Christmas tree to the wall or put a toddler gate around it to keep the cat (or dog) out of it.

  • Spray diluted peppermint oil on the tree.

  • Keep your tree apron secure around the bottom of the tree so your pet cannot get to the water.

  • Avoid tinsel.