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Keeping Your Cat Out Of The Christmas Tree

December 1, 2023

The holiday season has officially arrived, along with all of its trappings. For our feline friends, this time of year often means that it’s time to make maximum mischief. It’s probably safe to say that at least some of you are going to find yourselves trying to keep your kitties from toppling your trees over. We can help! A local vet offers some advice on keeping your cat out of the tree in this article Hassayampa Veterinary Services, serving Wickenburg and the surrounding communities.

Bribery

Sometimes you just have to look at things from another purrspective. You can’t blame Fluffy for wanting to climb a tree. After all, in the wild, trees serve as napping spots, nail care stations, and lookout points. You might even say that our furry pals are hardwired to scale trees. Of course, cat towers also fill those same roles for our feline buddies. Consider getting your kitty a new one. The idea is that Fluffy will be so busy playing that she’ll overlook the actual tree.

Revoke Access

You may have seen online memes and photos about people who have gone to extremes here. Some have even hung trees upside down from the ceiling, or surrounded them by a protective battalion of vacuum cleaners! You don’t have to go that far, but a small puppy gate may just do the trick. Avoid putting the tree near things like sofas or desks, which make easy launching spots for frisky furballs.

Kitty Workouts

Another thing you can try? Tire Fluffy out with a fun game of Catch The Red Dot or Pounce On The Feather Toy. If your playful pet burns off her zoomies playing, she may be more interested in napping under the tree than in trying to climb it.

Decoration Subterfuge

Our feline pals are very playful, and they really just can’t resist batting at anything that dangles. Keep this in mind when decorating. Put most of the tinsel, lights, and shiny and breakable ornaments on the top half of the tree. The only things within paws’ reach should be fairly dull, unbreakable ornaments.

Fake It

No luck? You may want to consider getting a fake tree. Cats can easily scale real ones, but they can’t get much traction on artificial ones. Plus, you’ll be able to reuse it, which will save you money and resources in the long run. 

Do you have questions about your cat’s health or care? Contact us here at Hassayampa Veterinary Services, serving Wickenburg, AZ and the surrounding communities, today!

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