To cats, a Christmas tree is one giant toy, with branches to climb, and shiny ornaments to bat around. However, cats can easily be injured on broken ornaments, by a falling tree, or after coming into contact with toxic additives. If you want to keep your Christmas tree and your cat safe this holiday, try these cat-proofing methods.
1) Christmas Tree Defender
This simple barrier can be quickly installed and cut to fit around the trunk of your Christmas tree. The grated texture keeps cats from climbing your tree. The barrier is also made with a flame retardant additive that makes it safe to use with Christmas lights. This tree defender can also be used year-round to protect your potted plants from curious cats.
2) Cat Repellent Spray
Keep your cat away from the Christmas tree with a motion-activated pet repellent spray. This safe, but annoying spray releases a quick burst when cats approach the tree, and covers up to three feet. Keep the can under the tree for an odorless, harmless deterrent any time your cat approaches.
3) A Decorative Deterrent
Placing pine cones around the base of your Christmas tree is a decorative way to keep cats at bay. Cats will avoid walking over pine cones, especially if you add a naturally cat-repelling citrus scent, like orange.