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    How to keep a cat away from a Christmas tree?

    Articlegeneral cat adviceThursday 13 October 2011
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    Christmas period is coming soon and you might already be thinking about the presents and all the ornaments you put it your home. However, beware of your cat when the Christmas tree is put up, since cats just can't resist going under the Christmas tree and even trying to climb up the tree, knocking ornaments off the tree. In order to keep the cat away from the tree, and the ornaments, try the following suggestions.

    First, make sure that your cat, or cats, are locked in a safe room large enough to hold it/them when everyone is either asleep or out of the house. This will keep your kitties from knocking down the tree on the floor. Don't tie a piece of high test fishing line to connect to the top of the tree to the ceiling. This will make the tree tip. Put any valuable ornaments somewhere on the top of the Christmas tree so that your cats cannot reach them. Remember that some cats might climb to the top of the tree, so this doesn't always work.

    Hang ornaments by using wire ornament hangers. Use a pair of pliers to clamp the hook part around the branch and use duct tape. If the tree is shorter than 6 feet, you might use duct tape to tape the legs of the holder to a piece of wide ply-wood and put the whole thing on a short, sturdy table. This keeps the tree above their level and the cats won't be as interested. Plug the tree lights into a short indoor extension cord and tape the plug into the socket with electrical tape. Simply unplug the lights from the extension cord to turn off. Put something like orange peels under the tree to make your cat less likely to go near it. Your cat might also dislike the smell of rotten apples. Keep a small spray bottle full of water near the tree. If your cats still go after the tree, a light spritz of water on their back and a stern "NO!" will get the point across.

    Cats naturally hate the scent of oranges, so keep orange peels under the tree to repel your cat. If it's a plastic tree, you might place a small amount of Citronella oil and mist it on to the tree. It will make it smell unpleasant to the cat but fresh and citrus-like to you. For small kittens, wrap tinfoil around the trunk. They don't like putting their nails into it and it will keep them from climbing the tree.

    Try to buy Scotch Pines as they have sharp needles to repel cats. Spray some pinecones with Citronella and pile them around the base of the tree. Spray the bottom limbs with Tabasco sauce to keep them from chewing the bottom branches. They wince and run away!Consider getting the baby fences. This way, your cats can't go near the tree, but they can still explore the house.Make sure that your kittens are way from the presents so that they don't rip off the gift wrap.Keep things high. Try putting your Christmas tree at a slight elevation and put all your most expensive ornaments up high. The higher and less easy it is to access your tree, the less interested your cat will be in trying to go through the trouble in destroying it. Secure your tree by using the metal bendable hooks to attach your ornaments securely to your tree. You can also try attaching a string from the top of your tree to your ceiling so that it can not be easily tipped over.

    Never use tinsel around cats. They will pull it down and spread it over the house and possibly chew on it and choke. Tinsel will cause the cat serious injury if ingested - contact your vet right away if you think your cat has chewed, eaten or swallowed any tinsel.When you lock the cats up for the night, make sure they have plenty of food, water and a clean litter box.Be careful with your kittens and keep them away from chewing on the extension cord and shocking themselves.Do not put any harmful things on the tree, like people food. If your cat decides to be curious and lick or eat it, then it could make your kitty very sick.Do not leave hooks laying around, your cat can eat it, and it would hurt your kitty's insides.Do not put a dog shock collar on your cat, it will hurt it because a kitten is much smaller than a dog.

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    Text source: ehow; image source: flickr.com

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