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(Mother Nature Network)   They say it can't be done, but here are five ways to cat-proof your Christmas tree   (mnn.com) divider line 43
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2013-12-04 08:23:56 AM
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2013-12-04 08:25:38 AM
Cat proofing ideas never work when you have a 20 pound persistent male cat who thinks that it's a great place to perch and stops at nothing to get there.
 
2013-12-04 08:32:58 AM
Obvious, a tree ornament that barks and sprays some vinegar when cat gets too close...

Now what do you do about tinsel tootsie roll garland cat produce?
 
2013-12-04 08:33:24 AM
I have one simple, foolproof way of cat-proofing your Christmas tree:

1. Don't own a goddamned cat.
 
2013-12-04 08:37:23 AM

firsttiger: Cat proofing ideas never work when you have a 20 pound persistent male cat who thinks that it's a great place to perch and stops at nothing to get there.


Yeah this, if my 18lb young adult female cat wants to do something it's pretty much going to happen.


The best way to get your cat to behave is the interact with your cat.  We play with her twice a day to keep her happy and fit and this usually keeps her out of trouble too.  she is familiar enough with playing with her toys that she will toss them on her own to chase around the house if we aren't available and she feels the need to play, but usually she just relaxes and waits for us to come home.  All that said there are some things that she just can't resist and thanks to all the playing and running and jumping there is pretty much no way to stop her short of a closed door which she will sit outside of and cry until she is distracted, yelled at, or sprayed with the squirt bottle.
 
2013-12-04 08:42:36 AM
6) Surround the tree with motion sensor activated vacuum cleaners.
 
2013-12-04 08:43:43 AM
Step 1:  Wrap tinsel around wire.
Step 2:  Wrap tree in wired tinsel.
Step 3:  Connect wire to fence charger.
Step 4:  Pop open a beer, sit back and enjoy.
 
2013-12-04 08:48:09 AM
My trick: my ornaments are all tied on with ribbon. Looks cute and makes it a lot harder to dislodge and break them.
 
2013-12-04 08:49:09 AM

Caelistis: I have one simple, foolproof way of cat-proofing your Christmas tree:

1. Don't own a goddamned cat.



You can't own a cat any more than you can own a woman.
 
gja [TotalFark]
2013-12-04 08:51:31 AM

UtileDysfunktion: Step 1:  Wrap tinsel around wire.
Step 2:  Wrap tree in wired tinsel.
Step 3:  Connect wire to fence charger.
Step 4:  Pop open a beer, sit back and enjoy.

Step 5: Cat claws plug from wall after feeling shack and finding source.
Step 6: Cat has at tree until satisfied they have dominated said tree sufficiently.
Step 7: Cat shiats in your shoes for your 2-legged impudence.

Adjusted that for my cats level of intelligence.

/oh how i wish i were kidding
 
GBB
2013-12-04 08:52:53 AM

Abox: Caelistis: I have one simple, foolproof way of cat-proofing your Christmas tree:

1. Don't own a goddamned cat.


You can't own a cat any more than you can own a woman.


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2013-12-04 08:54:07 AM
Why do you need a christmas tree?

For that matter, why do you need a cat?
 
2013-12-04 08:54:16 AM
that first pic would be considered an invitation to my little tabby, who can jump from the floor to the top of the fridge.  I hung a plant from the ceiling one and came home to find the plant out and dirt in a giant circle covering the floor.

My cat just really needs to hide in the Christmas tree.  As long as I have a sturdy base and wire the ornaments on with that green garden wire, we are cool.  Then I put the tree away with a giant plastic tarp and the ornaments stay on for next year too.
 
2013-12-04 08:55:16 AM
My 15 lb Maine Coon Cat just laughed at this article.

/Has three cats
//Gave up on having a tree years ago
 
2013-12-04 08:57:23 AM

peachfish: My trick: my ornaments are all tied on with ribbon. Looks cute and makes it a lot harder to dislodge and break them.


I might actually try that, thanks. This is my second Christmas with my cat. I've been using non-breakable ornaments so it wouldn't matter if she knocked a few loose, but I really miss my glass ornaments. Plus, she seems to be the oddball cat who doesn't mess with ornaments. Not a single one has fallen off. Should I be hopeful?
 
2013-12-04 08:59:02 AM
The last christmas tree I ever had :(

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2013-12-04 09:00:06 AM
6. Don't just hang the ornaments in there, really twist the hanging wires around a branch
7. No tinsel. That's ugly anyway
8. Don't put too much stuff on branches in paw height of a sitting or tail height of a running cat
9. If the room and tree is hight enough: use a strong nylon string to tie the tree above head height to two or three different walls; helped a lot when the family cat was still young and small enough to enjoy running up the tree's stem or jumping into the tree
 
2013-12-04 09:01:27 AM
1.  Replace all christmas lights on tree with laser pointers
2.  Cat chases multiple laser dots all over the room
3.  Tree is still standing (but everything else is torn to shreds)
 
2013-12-04 09:01:50 AM
We have a new cat this year so I put up the tree several days ago without anything on it to see what she would do.  it's going to be a good end to the year.
 
2013-12-04 09:09:49 AM
WHAT WORKED FOR US:

Get a blue spruce.   Cats find it too scratchy and ignore it.   (That's what worked with our two Maine Coons who LOVE to climb up on things.  They were DEFINITELY interested in the tree as a new awesome kitteh climbing thing, but quickly realized it wasn't fun to play with.

Since then we've had other trees, but they stuck with their first impression, sniff it, and then go back to all their other perching places.   They do like to lay under it, but in peaceful co-existence.  :-)

I've heard that hanging oranges with cloves stuck in them as "ornaments" at the bottom supposedly repels cats (they don't like the smell), but I didn't have to try it.
 
2013-12-04 09:21:41 AM
I have had a fake tree for many years, and my cats don't seem to want to jump into it. The younger one will sometimes bat at the low hanging ornaments, but since I have carpet on the floor, nothing has broken. They do like to lay on the floor under it, though, which is fine with me. It gets funnier to watch them try to find a spot the more gifts we pile under the tree!
 
2013-12-04 09:35:33 AM
Thankfully, mine is very rarely interested in the ornaments. He does love to nap under the tree though, so as long as there's room amongst the presents for that, he seems to be happy. And no hanging breakables down at that level, because he runs out from under there in a mad dash at random.
 
2013-12-04 09:37:20 AM
My biggest problem is the cat chewing on the corners of all the presents and destroying the bows.  Once she figured out how to rip the paper off it was all over.  Suddenly gift cards seemed like a great idea!
 
2013-12-04 09:37:35 AM
You can have a cat or you can be a decent person with nice things. Not both.
 
2013-12-04 09:45:27 AM
6. Sack and a brick.
 
2013-12-04 10:13:21 AM
Like jfivealive's pic above,
Have old wicker tree that hangs on mirrored wall.  Doesn't allow/encourage climbing in, never been brought down by any of our feline owners, past or present.  Never Say Never?  Never yet --
 
2013-12-04 10:24:13 AM

Caelistis: I have one simple, foolproof way of cat-proofing your Christmas tree:

1. Don't own a goddamned cat.


Yup! 'Cause--NEWSFLASH--cats aren't dogs. They do what they want. They don't care if you are happy about it. They only pay attention to your yelling, or the squirt bottle, (or whatever you use) if and when they decide the inconvenience of dealing with you outweighs their desire to eat the ornaments, climb the tree, scratch your furniture, bite your face,etc.
 
2013-12-04 10:28:01 AM

crzybtch: My biggest problem is the cat chewing on the corners of all the presents and destroying the bows.  Once she figured out how to rip the paper off it was all over.  Suddenly gift cards seemed like a great idea!


My cats do that, and they lay on the presents as well. But only after they have cleared themselves a perch or two in the tree by eating/or removing the ornaments. The little cat hides the ones she steals. weird ass animals.
 
2013-12-04 10:41:46 AM
feh, amateurs.


I put a cat climbing tree right next to my fake-o x-mas tree. Why mess around with twisted metal wires when you can luxuriate on this nice, wide, carpeted thingie!

/... just crazy enough to work!
// ;)
 
2013-12-04 10:42:07 AM
I put up a fake tree when I moved into my current house 10 years ago.  The cats got bored with it in about 5 minutes, and I have left it up ever since.

I would, however, welcome any suggestions are to why my red tabby wants to poop in front of the litter box instead of in it.
 
2013-12-04 10:42:16 AM
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2013-12-04 10:58:24 AM

Marcus Aurelius: I put up a fake tree when I moved into my current house 10 years ago.  The cats got bored with it in about 5 minutes, and I have left it up ever since.

I would, however, welcome any suggestions are to why my red tabby wants to poop in front of the litter box instead of in it.


It may want its own box. Some cats don't share well.
 
2013-12-04 11:07:52 AM
We hadn't even put the top on before she climbed up.

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2013-12-04 11:11:46 AM

vegaswench: I would, however, welcome any suggestions are to why my red tabby wants to poop in front of the litter box instead of in it.


Not sure if this applies to your situation, but My Cat from Hell had a segment on this exact subject.  The cat on that show had been de-clawed, and the litter was very coarse.  As a result it hurt the cat's paws, so it wouldn't use the litter box.  The solution was to get fine grained litter.
 
2013-12-04 11:42:07 AM

thurstonxhowell: You can have a cat or you can be a decent person with nice things. Not both.


You're funny.
 
2013-12-04 11:52:20 AM

vegaswench: Marcus Aurelius: I put up a fake tree when I moved into my current house 10 years ago.  The cats got bored with it in about 5 minutes, and I have left it up ever since.

I would, however, welcome any suggestions are to why my red tabby wants to poop in front of the litter box instead of in it.

It may want its own box. Some cats don't share well.


I have four boxes and two cats.  Three of the boxes are used exclusively by the red tabby.  I started by giving him two, but it wasn't enough.  I might try a fourth box strategically placed where he thinks outside the box today.
 
2013-12-04 12:02:57 PM

Marcus Aurelius: I put up a fake tree when I moved into my current house 10 years ago.  The cats got bored with it in about 5 minutes, and I have left it up ever since.

I would, however, welcome any suggestions are to why my red tabby wants to poop in front of the litter box instead of in it.


That's a pretty clear rejection of the box, and not the location or not being well litter trained.  It'd be somewhere else if it didn't know better or was sick, and probably in your room, clothes or bed, if he were stressed or angry at you.
Options:
1 - It doesn't want to share.  Get another box or so depending on size of house and number of cats.
2 - It doesn't like the litter.  Allergies, sensitive paws, smell, sticks to its fur, whatever.  Try a different type entirely, not just brand.  The alternate doesn't need to be expensive - most of the expense is for people's convenience or scent.  You may still want to put in an alternate box to not disrupt the other cats while you figure it out.
3 - It is too covered (especially if large cat and small box) or not covered.  Try placing another box with the opposite of whatever you are using.  4 - It's too dirty.  Empty more often, or get an automatic cleaning box (though some cats object to the noise they make).

Also, make sure to use cleaners made to get rid of the pet smell and thoroughly clean in front of the box so it doesn't change from whatever the initial reason was to just habit and smell.  Check with UV light.

It's cheaper to get another box than to let carpets be ruined, or even to keep paying for the carpet cleaners.  The sooner you try to resolve it the more likely he is to change.  If you ignore it for too long, he will get used to the bad habit.
 
2013-12-04 12:07:27 PM

Marcus Aurelius: I have four boxes and two cats. Three of the boxes are used exclusively by the red tabby. I started by giving him two, but it wasn't enough. I might try a fourth box strategically placed where he thinks outside the box today.


Is the one he goes in front of the used one, or one of his?  It sounds like he goes in front of the other one's box since you mention placing another there...   that might help.  Does he use those 3 at all or are they just ignored and therefore 'his' but clean all the time?  Is it just #1/2?
 
2013-12-04 12:12:17 PM
Two minutes from putting up:

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2013-12-04 01:11:19 PM
Came here for the pictures of cute cats sitting in Christmas trees. Leaving satisfied.
 
2013-12-04 04:51:41 PM
1) Do not buy a Christmas tree.

Done.
 
2013-12-04 07:28:07 PM

thurstonxhowell: You can have a cat or you can be a decent person with nice things. Not both.


I don't know. You could kill the cat and hang the body from the tree. It would probably work better if you hung the dead cat from a tree outside though, in the front yard where the neighbours could appreciate it also.
 
2013-12-05 05:56:35 PM
after 30 plus years, we converted from real trees to artificial.  Have always have had cats, usually not have any problems as they were mostly adults or not tiny kittens when the trees were up.  Changed to artificial trees about 17-20 years ago.  First year, we put it away.  Second year, after nearly killing myself trying to get it back up, we decided to leave it up year around.  The tree sits in a corner of the sun porch, pre-wired with multi-color lights (if you try to stick me with white lights, somebody is going to get hurt real bad.)

When we got our new kittens this summer, they did try to climb the artificial tree.  Wish I had a camera that day.  let's just say that they've been dissuaded from thinking that is a good idea.  I will however, not put our ancient glass ornaments on this year except for really small ones up high.  They've been really good about leaving the tree alone.  I play with them every day, my brother comes over to play with them, I've got nephews who stop by to play with them.  These cats have a lot of attention from people.  They play with each other.  These are not neglected, bored cats.  As of yesterday, the kittens were 8 months old.  Both are robust critters, the boy is an amazing specimen.  I'd guess that he weighs at least 9-10 pounds right now, and that is not the least bit of roly-poly, either.  If he were to attack that tree in earnest, I fear for the tannenbaum.
 
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