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Title : The Ugly Truth About Cats and Christmas Trees
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I made myself a cat Christmas tree. And my cats loved it. It was a big spiral with a scratching-post trunk stretching all the way up to the rafters (My cats are tree dwellers so they didn't mind) and it was next to a window. I couldn't even take it off them! Now my cats are exited for Christmas as much as the human family.
Hi Mr. Galaxy. I have a very important question I'd like to ask you so I'll know for next Christmas.
I just moved out and put up my first Christmas tree this year which was fake. My cats didnt climb it or anything, they just liked to sit under it and harmlessly play with the plastic balls. There was no issue other than I caught one of my cats constantly chewing on the fake branches and injesting some of the plastic 'pine' that fake christmas trees have.
The fake pines also were absolutely spread everywhere throughout my house. I caught my cat trying to injest it multiple times and I was worried so I end up taking my tree down early this early. I thought I should get a real tree next year so that I dont have to worry about him eating the plastic pine. But now I seen your video and you suggest a fake tree. What should I do ????
Correction most cats don't like citrus but for some reason my cat Lou loved citrus he would steal lemons and limes off of my plate or my drink and eat them well not eat them but lick them. that cat never ate a chip in his life until I got the tostitos hint of lime chips and then he would lick all the lime flavor off of them and leave the chip
Ever since my first cat and first Christmas tree collided it was fake trees from then on out and I love it I got a fake Christmas tree that had nice soft fake pine needles that of course a cat shouldn't eat anyway but if one of them does eat one it's not a trip to the hospital, there's no toxic water and I just know what ornaments to put up I don't put something that can break that can cut the cats or as of 3 months ago could cut our new son
Every cat I've had assaulted the tree except the two former strays I brought indoors. They weren't the slightest bit interested in the tree or anything on it. On the other paw, every one of them delighted in pillaging the manger set and snow village. They carried off Jesus, the livestock, overturned houses and sprawled over the snowbanks and streets of the village. Every year it was like a cheapo 1950s science fiction film come to live.
I don't get why everyone in the US seems to hate fake trees. Our first tree was older than me (yeah we had to replace it this year because our cat messed with it a little bit to much the last two years), our new tree looks very realistic and I don't feel bad for killing a tree just to put it in my living room for a couple of days. We tried to make the tree as cat safe as possible, like securing it to the ground and just using plastic ornaments. Our cat seems to not care very much (totally different with the other tree) he steals one or two ornaments from the lower brenches and plays with them. Thats fine for me.
To avoid the cat vs Christmas tree battle I got a 1ft tall stuffed felt Christmas tree that stands when placed in a mug and can also double as a kicker for my cat. To keep her from destroying the presents and eliminate any ribbons, tape, paper/debris my family reuses tins from the local antique shop each year.
We have a fake tree my cat ate last year. she ended up in the vet. so this year we Saran wrapped the tree. It seemed to work. It also has the added bonus of making it undesirable to climb. It looked kinda silly but it didn’t result in a huge vet bill for the new year
A super cat-friendly way to get a real tree? Buy a potted fir, plant it in your yard where it can be seen from a cat accessible window. Decorate with popcorn and birdseed ornaments. All the fun of a tree, no inside mess, attracts birds for cat tv and making popcorn garland and birdseed ornaments is a lovely way to spend an afternoon~
Hi==OMG--both cats and dogs have a mission to drink out of the tree stand. Our family had plenty of food and water stations in a big home with lots of love and attention. BUT--we learned that the tree should always be stabilized...I watched my sweet old cat take a flying jump into the Tree, crashing it over.
NO, YOU'RE THE ONE DOING IT WRONG! Fucking hit them really hard on the head the first moment they begin removing the ornaments. After that they'd just stare at the damn tree.
Fucking pussy. You one of those people that doesn't whipped, smack, slap their kids aren't ya?
I treat my little girl the same way I treat my little girl...cat...I buy everything with those two in mind. I don't use Swiffers because they both eat things off of the floor. I use fake trees because of all Jackson said and my building prohibits them due to fire hazards. I buy only plastic, silicone, fabric ornaments because they will both wreck the crap out of everything. I even stopped buying lights until those tiny LED lights came out and I just put the battery box at the top. If I really don't want to wreck some of my older ornaments that were gifts, I make cat toys as ornaments and lay them on the ground about 3 feet from the tree, both of my girl's entertain one another. And I will definitely make new kids ornaments every year for the same purpose. I tend to go the less stress route and use the easy way that usually ends in fun and some cute pictures.
We've always kept a fake tree. And thankfully our girls have never been interested in climbing the tree. They love sleeping underneath it, though. I think they like the warmth from the lights! We also keep the soft, plushy ornaments down around the bottom 1/4 of the tree, in case they feel tempted. I learned that trick from my mom! They've never done more than sniff them, though.
I used to have a cat that was obsessed with the satin ball ornaments. My mom went and bought a bag of small red satin balls for her and hung them on the lowest branches. Every so often we would see my cat trot through the house with one of her prizes. She left everything else alone. It worked great.
My cats love my fake tree and pull it down and destroy it (they bend and pull branches off) and I'm too lazy to keep fixing it up, I actually hate having it up but my mum guilts me into it. She doesn't have two large toms to watch, only two small female cats that don't cause much damage when they climb their tree. 😒 I've had mine up for two weeks and I'm getting close to seriously considering taking it down. I live alone and I don't plan on having anyone over for christmas so who is it really for? My cats love it (playing in it and hiding under it) so it's just an additional toy at this point.
We have a fake tree that is okay for our cats to be on/in. It's about 3.5 to 4 ft tall. So the cat's don't really attempt to climb it because their regular perches are higher and sturdier. Of the seven cats we are taking care of, only one of them tried to climb it (a single time). We decorate it with shatterproof ornaments, cat pom pom strings, and unplug it when no humans are around to supervise.
It was only like 20 bucks from Michaels and has been great. The cat's are really not destructive with it (unlike my full-sized tree). We just put a handful of cat beds near it so they can hang out there.
I've had a fake tree ever since I moved out on my own, it is also more environmentally friendly because you can use it over and over. My cat also has no desire to climb it, but its still secured to the wall just incase lol. We have a giant cat tree in the same room which he loves, use plastic ornaments that are secured tightly. And my cat LOVES tissue paper and the biggest issue I had was him wanting to curl up in a gift bag, so I filled a box with tissue paper and put it beside the tree, he loves it. Always compromise with your cat it's worth it <3
We are very lucky. Our Nele, a beautiful 4yr old Maine Coon, is not attracted to our tree. She helped decorating it but has more fun playing with my kids and us than with the ornaments. First time in four years that we do not have to defend our natural tree from our little tiger 🤣 happy holidays from Germany, dear Jackson
I have four cats. Two climb the tree (fake tree) and have destroyed some lower branches. We also had to replace all the ornaments to plastic because they knock them down and play with them. I have also twisted the hooked wires onto the ornaments permanently so there's no chance of accidentally swallowing them. When we turn on the lights we are usually there so we can step in immediately if we see one chewing on the lights wire or the actual light. So far, no disasters. Tree is kinda sad but that's okay, it still looks pretty to us.
We switched to a fake tree when I was a kid because the pets wouldn’t leave the real ones alone. Our cats have always been indoor cats only which helps with their urge to climb the tree. We allow our cats to sleep under or around the tree, but not play with the ornaments. We give them a toy to help redirect their attention from the ornaments. Another trick that helps is keeping the softer/lighter weight ornaments on the bottom of the tree. That way if a cat accidentally knocks an ornament down while crawling underneath the tree it won’t break and if the cat does get a hold of it it’s less likely to cause any damage to the cat.
Now that she is older, my cat doesn't try to climb the artificial tree, but she likes to chew/eat the fake "needles", which are not pointy like real needles, but still aren't something she should be eating. She has a thing for plastic, always has, she will lick bags or the plastic that comes around a pkg of paper towels or TP. I guess this year I'll be hanging some citrus scented "ornaments" along the lower branches of the tree. Hopefully that will help.
I thought I had this one “in the bag” after 40 years of having cats, until last year. I use a very real looking fake tree, that is pre-lit with zero extension cords, shatterproof ornaments, etcetera. (I do a peacock tree, so there are a few fancy peacocks up top that could break—but I love my cat so much more!). I thought there were no issues last year, until I found that he “marked” my gorgeous turquoise glittery tree skirt!!! Live and learn😹😻
Great tips as always, thank you so much!! Don’t know what we’d do without you
Hi Jackson, you forgot to mention the dangers to cats of tinsel on the tree - I never use any. I always put wooden or plastic ornaments on the bottom third of the tree so my cats can also enjoy the tree. Do not put electric lights on the bottom of the tree so kitties won’t be able to chew the wires. To keep them from drinking tree water put a cone of shame around the tree trunk. All my kitties have loved spending hours looking at the tree and I have avoided destruction and vet ER trips. Why shouldn’t our pets enjoy the tree, too.
Good video, good info, thanks a lot! I don't dare to put a tree out with my 4 cats, they're kind of wild sometimes (3 siblings of 6 years old and their mother) and I'm pretty sure they'd climb it. I do have some ornaments, unbreakable ones that bounce back haha. My mother watches you on tv all the time, she doesn't have cats anymore but loves your show and gets a lot of joy out of watching. My sister's cat is such a good boy, he loves to lie in his catbed under the tree and doesn't kill ornaments and doesn't climb the tree at all. I guess he just likes it for camouflage. Happy holidays in advance from Holland. :-)
When my family's cat was younger, he would always climb the Xmas tree, and even knocked it over a few times. So we got a fake tree, replaced the glass ornaments with plastic and used little stuffed animals as ornaments. The citrus slices worked as a deterrent, but you have to replace them every day because when they would dry up, they no longer worked; seems like they lose their scent. Either way, he lost interest in the Christmas tree around 5 years old.
I just wrapped the skirt or a blanket around the base so they couldn't get to the water. I tied the tree to the wall with fishing line. I did not have glass ornaments. I had a kitten in the house for what seemed like every year for many years. Only once did a tree get knocked over. There's a LOT of responsibility in owning a cat. More than having a child.
We got a fake pencil tree for our Christmas because theres nowhere they cab climb and be supported. We're also going to try citris around the skirt as well. We only use plastic ornaments and no tinsel because my cats tried to eat my shiny garland once and I learned my lesson.
Oof this stresses me out. We’re finally about to start the process of looking for a second cat. If we find one by Christmas we’re probably going to have a fun time keeping it away from the tree. We didn’t have too many problems with our current and late cat and Christmas trees. They pawed at it but never tried to climb or eat it. Maybe a broken ornament or two was the worst of it. Our dog though... she tore up one of our favorite ornaments as a puppy and loved the tree. Luckily neither pet cares much anymore. The cat stays upstairs and the dog just sniffs it and tries to steal the soft ornaments while we hang them.
Jackson Galaxy: just wanted to say we took your advice. on the first day of putting up the tree, our cat climbed it and knocked it over. The next day we bought a cat tree, put lots of new toys on it, and used some catnip to encourage him . We also sprayed our tree with a cat deterrent, and put orange peel around the bottom. The one or two times he showed interest in the tree we told him no and then moved him to the cat tree and gave him a treat.
I like putting cat toys and toddler safe cloth ornaments on the lowest branches to the cats just stay on the ground and play with the toys I put there for them instead of trying to get everything else. I even use the shiney ones down low (the little krinkle balls that are shiney are favorites) and they sit on the branches fairly well.
okay, dont know if thats the correct way to deal with it but well, here is what i do:
In my family for some strange reason we dont rip the paper from the presents, we try to open them without the ripping, so i thought, well then wy even use paper if its not going to get riped? long story short, we use textiles and laces insted of paper and ribons, thats even less trash and we do not have to buy new stuff for packaging as often. Overall a nice switch. when I was a child there was this tradition of reciving your present in an jute bag, so thats a nice alternative too.
I have embraced that a cat that sees a tree, is going to clime it, so i made the tree save for her.
the tree is realy stable fixed on the flor. I always put a nice blanket on the flor so she cant reach the water for the roots.
the decorations, well in my family its tradition to put oranges up the tree, so for me thats decoration since my early childhood.
There was also some decoration made of gingerbread, i adapted this to cat treats, when someone comes to visit they give the tree treat to my cat.
Bells are almost obligatory for me, so i can hear when shes in the tree.
the lights are the biggest problem to adabt. i never had real candels on my tree, but the wires of the electric ones are to dangerous for my cat. So i found some wireless candles online, I'm going to purchase those soon. Cant give any feedback about that yet. what i have been doing until now was the following. I used some old jars of plastic and put in some fairylights. then a lid and some pretty well made knots to fixate them on the brenches.
soooo i adabt the tree for the case my cat wants to go inside the tree, i can rest assured that shes safe. And if the orange inibits her from going inside then i can be happy too. it is nice to enjoy the holidays with our cat insted of stressing about keeping them save 24/7
(im not a native english speaker, for any mistakes im sorry)
My 2 previous cats could have cared less about the tree and my plants. The current one eats the plants and climbs the fake Christmas tree. I've tried all recommendations of citrus, cayenne pepper, aluminum foil. Nothing worked. Last year I sprayed the tree with strong scented Lysol. He didn't like it and didn't mess with it.....plan to try again this year.