Cats and Christmas Trees

Are you putting a tree up this year? If you have a kitty, you may find your bright-eyed, frisky feline quite interested in it! Cats have been climbing trees for thousands of years, so many of them are quite delighted to find one decorated in dangling, shiny objects in their homes. Every year, hundreds—if not thousands—of cats send beautifully-decorated trees crashing to the ground. We can help! Here, a Poway, CA vet offers some tips on keeping Fluffy out of the tree.

Get The Right Tree

While it’s pretty easy for Fluffy to scale a real tree, artificial ones are much harder for our feline friends to climb. Consider getting a fake tree. Whether you buy a real or fake tree, choose one with a sturdy base.

Choose The Right Spot

Picking the right spot for your tree is very important! Don’t put the tree near a sofa, desk, chair, or any other piece of furniture that your playful furball could use as a jump-off point. A corner spot is ideal.

Distract The Furball

Why not give your kitty a few of her gifts early? Offer Fluffy some fun new catnip toys to play with. This may make the tree a bit less enticing.

Decorate Carefully

When you decorate your tree, be sure to place only sturdy, non-breakable items near the bottom. Put anything that is delicate or potentially dangerous in the top part of the tree, well out of reach of those cute little paws.

Secure The Tree

Use fishing line to connect the top of the tree to the wall or ceiling. This will offer extra support, but it won’t show.

Tire Fluffy Out

Spend a few minutes a day playing with your playful feline pal. Use a toy that you can control, like a laser pointer or a feather toy. Hopefully, Fluffy will be tired out afterwards, and will be more interested in napping than making mischief.


Certain scents can also help make the tree less appealing to your cute pet. Ask your vet for advice on using cat-repelling sprays.


Christmas trees can be very dangerous to frisky kitties! Wires, tinsel, sharp needles, ribbons, ornament hooks, and the water for real trees can all be hazardous to Fluffy. Ask your vet for more information.

Happy Holidays! Please feel free to contact us, your local Poway, CA animal hospital, anytime.

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