Ever since the first Christmas tree was cut and decorated, cats and dogs have sworn to make it their personal mission to destroy all decorations and knock every tree over. While it may sound like you’ll have to choose between Fluffy and your Christmas tree, don’t fret as this article will reveal a couple of tips and tricks in maintaining peaceful relations between pets and Christmas trees.
Opt for an Artificial Christmas Tree
Apart from being eco-friendly, an artificial Christmas tree is not as alluring to Fluffy as a natural one. The house may not feature the same piney smell, but Fluffy will be less tempted to climb it and destroy all the carefully placed decorations.
Another important factor is height. A tall, ceiling scraping Christmas tree will spark more interest than a small, couch-sized decoration. Cats are natural predators with excellent stealth and stalking skills. They will not pass on an opportunity to claim the vantage point. A smaller tree will be of no interest to them.
Allow Your Pets to Get Accustomed with the Christmas Tree
No matter if it is last year’s plastic Christmas Tree or a freshly purchased pine, you should allow your pets to get used to the undecorated tree.
When cats start showing interest, you can spray them with water, teaching them they are not to come close to the tree. In the case of dogs, you can insert some coins into an empty can and rattle it whenever Fluffy approaches the tree.
Anchor the Tree
No matter how much water you spray onto the cat or how many times you rattle the can, the Fluffies will still be curious and will want to explore the living room addition. To prevent them from knocking the tree down, you can anchor it. Use wires to firmly connect the tree to the ceiling or walls.
Citrus Is Not a Cat’s Best Friend
This advice only works for cat owners. The furry predators are not fans of the smell of citrus fruits, and you can use that to your own advantage. Soak some pine cones into citrus essence and scatter them around the Christmas Tree. This method will ensure double protection as cats hate to walk on rough surfaces and they’ll do anything to avoid the smell of a freshly peeled orange.
Mind Your Decorations
The biggest trick is to manage your Christmas decorations wisely. No cat can refrain from playing with a colorful dangling ball. Try and use all toy-looking decorations at the top of the tree, leaving the non-dangling ones for the lowest branches.
Speaking of tempting ornaments, if you have a pet and you also want a Christmas tree, then you have already forsaken the idea of hanging cookies, popcorn strings, or candy canes in the tree. Any food items will just represent an extra temptation for your pet.
Tinsel or Small Ribbons Are a Big No-No
Tinsel is the perfect way to ensure your pet will require an emergency vet visit. It’s colorful, it’s shiny, it reflects the Christmas lights, and it’s super easy to swallow.
A Christmas tree looks perfectly festive without a tinsel addition. It’s classier, and it’s also pet-friendly.
The same rule applies to ribbons.
In the hopes that you will be able to keep a balance between pets and Christmas Trees this year, may you have a Merry pet-related accident-free Christmas.
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