Are you planning on putting up a tree this year? If so, you may be in for a bit of a ‘catastrophe,’ especially if you have a frisky feline. We can help! Read on for some tips from a Brandon, FL vet on catproofing your tree.
Keep your kitty in mind when picking a spot for the tree. Avoid putting it too close to anything Fluffy could jump off, like a desk or chair.
Another thing you can do is reinforce the tree. Use fishing line to secure the top of the tree to the wall or ceiling. That extra support may help keep the tree upright if your furball tries to climb it.
You may want to consider getting an artificial tree. Not only are these much harder for Fluffy to climb, they’re also cheaper.
Distract The Furball
Why not give your pet some of her gifts early? Offer Fluffy some new toys, and play with her every day. The idea here is to tire your frisky feline out a bit, so she’s more interested in napping than making mischief. If you want to go all-out, buy or make your furry buddy a cat tower. That should satisfy her urge to climb things!
Cats are more or less hardwired to bat at anything that dangles, especially if it’s shiny. Put the majority of your ornaments and decorations on the top part of the tree. (Note: tinsel, lights, ribbons, and ornament hooks are all hazardous to kitties, so keep these well out of paws’ reach.) Hang just a few unbreakable things on the bottom portion of the tree.
There are some things you can do to make the tree less appealing to your furball. When Fluffy approaches the tree, make a loud noise or squirt her with water. This won’t hurt her, but it will probably annoy her, which may be enough to make her form a negative association with the tree. That may just do the trick!
You can now buy tree guards that are specifically designed to protect trees from kitties. Taste deterrents may also work. If all else fails, you can always try getting a puppy gate.
Happy holidays from all of us here at Animal Medical Center, your local Brandon, FL vet clinic. Please contact us if ever we can be of assistance.