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Cats and your Christmas tree

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The beautiful tree us up and so is your cat’s curiosity. It must be alluring, inviting; that big, shimmering tree is begging to be climbed. And just look at all those tiny, shiny toys to choose from. The people went all out for me, kitty thinks. You love your cat, but this is one off-limits tree. How can you keep kitty away or at least from ruining the tree and worse injuring him/herself?

Place the tree in a heavy-duty stand so it's steady and can't be knocked over.

Bolt a hook into a wall and fasten a string to both the hook and the tree. You can also bolt the hook into the ceiling and attach the string to the hook and the very top portion of the tree
Prior to decorating the tree, spray it with Bitter Apple. You won't be able to smell it, but the cats will absolutely hate it. Nearly every pet supply stores sell the very effective Bitter Apple.

Position your tree away from furniture, so your feline can't jump from the arm of a chair the back of the sofa, or a table spot on the tree.

Use an electronic deterrent, such as a ScatMat, which causes a tickly sensation when stepped on. Most all pet supply stores carry ScatMats. Other electronic deterrents that are cat-safe encompass devices that release a blast of air or make high-pitched, annoying-to-cats noise that only cats (and dogs) can hear. Many people situate pine cones around the base of the tree. Cats won't like walking on their prickly surface at all.

Keep the bottom third of your tree undecorated or even use unbreakable ornaments and tie them on with small twist ties. Never put tinsel where the cats can reach it because it can be a choking hazard.

Securely tape down surplus wire from the lights or wrap it about the base of the tree. Dangling wire can look like a tempting toy to a cat.

Try putting a corrugated cardboard scratcher close to the tree. Use an inclined scratcher and shower it abundantly with catnip to give the cats something even more pleasurable than the tree to sink their claws into.

Why not give your cats their own little tree with lots of dangling kitty-safe ornaments to swat and bat about? Make your own, or purchase little, inexpensive felt ornaments and carefully remove all the tiny pieces that present a choking hazard



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