7 Ways To Catproof Your Tree

Are you putting up a tree this year? If so, your feline pal may very well watch with bright eyes and a bushy tail if you do. As we all know, Fluffy has a hard time resisting a tree hung with shiny objects! Read on as a Michigan City, IN vet discusses keeping your frisky pet out of the tree.

Add Extra Support

Make sure that your tree has a sturdy base. Fluffy may become wary if the tree wobbles when she tries to climb it. Of course, she could also knock it down before realizing it isn’t steady. You may want to use fishing line to secure the treetop to the wall or ceiling.

Block It Off

Try to block Fluffy’s access to the tree. You can purchase a tree guard, which is specifically made for kittyproofing. Another option is to use a puppy gate.

Location

Choosing the right spot will also be a big help here. Don’t put the tree near anything your cat could easily jump from, like a sofa. That’s just asking for trouble!

Decorate Carefully

Keep Fluffy in mind when decorating the tree. Put the majority of the decorations on the top part of the tree, where your furry pal can’t reach them. (Note: this is also important for safety reasons. Tinsel, ribbons, garlands, and fragile ornaments are definitely not safe for Fluffy to play with!) The only things you should put on the lower branches are a few unbreakable objects, which won’t shatter if your pet knocks them down.

Bribe The Furball

If you tell your feline buddy to leave alone, she’ll probably just blink and lick her paw. Bribery is usually much more effective. Give Fluffy some of her gifts early, and take time to play with her every day. A fun kitty play session will tire your frisky pet out, so she’ll be less inclined to making mischief.

Go Artificial

Consider getting an artificial tree. These look just as nice as real ones, but are definitely not easy for kitties to climb.

Make The Tree Unappealing

When Fluffy approaches the tree, make a loud noise to startle her. Another thing you can try is spritzing the area around the tree with taste deterrents.

Happy Holidays from all of us here at Maple City Animal Hospital, your local Michigan City, IN vet clinic. Please contact us anytime!

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