“Jingle paws, jingle paws, jingle all the way, oh what fun it is to hide in a Christmas tree all day”- Whiskers
For some reason cats find Christmas trees irresistible and alluring – it must be the shiny decorations and bright lights. Whatever the case may be, our furry felines can’t seem to keep their paws (or claws) off the ornaments or branches. It’s as if decorative Christmas trees are delightful jungle gyms for cats.
It’s all fun and games, until you find yourself constantly picking up bits and pieces of tree ruffles and decorations scattered all around the house in a Hansel-and-Gretel-breadcrumbs fashion. And eventually, the entire tree collapses. Now all you can do is damage control to prevent the (little furry, and unsuspecting) kitty Grinch from stealing Christmas with his playful paws 😉.
Patience is a virtue. You might be used to hanging the ornaments as soon as you bring the tree home, but it helps to give little ol’ Whiskers a chance to lose interest with the tree first. Allow a day or three for kitty to adjust to the strange, new addition to your living room ‘furniture’.
It’s all about that base. As Tigger will most likely try to pounce and climb the tree, be sure to set it up so it won’t easily topple over. Securing it to a wall with some wire can protect it from your kitty’s curious claws.
Keep the tree away from ‘launching platforms’ (e.g., furniture) that your cat uses, to reduce the temptation and chances of an airborne pounce onto your tree. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s just whimsical Whiskers!
Wrap the tree trunk in foil. The foil together with some citrus scents will steer your kitty in a different direction far away from the festive landmark.
‘IM-PAW-TENT’ TIP: Rather stick to a fake tree. Even though real ones might be magical, they can easily end up being tragical. If kitty happens to nibble on a pine needle, it could be fatal and lead to expensive vet bills.
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