At this time of year you’ll often see cute Christmas cards showing cats embracing the festivities but, the truth is, it can be a potentially dangerous time of the year for our feline friends.
Christmas trees can a particular problem, not least because a lot of cats tend to have a fascination with them. Older cats who enjoy a quiet life may not be very interested but for the more mischievous and curious kitty, a fully decked out Christmas tree can be one big shiny temptation!
If your cat can’t resist your Christmas tree, it could lead to a few issues:
Tinsel is another concern as it can be swallowed by accident and will usually require emergency surgery.
Making your Christmas tree smell unappealing
One of the best ways to discourage your cat if they venture near the Christmas tree is to make it smell unattractive to them.
A lot of cats really dislike citrus smells, for example, and will actively avoid an area where this is present. Using a citrus deterrent in the vicinity of your Christmas tree can therefore be effective – just make sure that your cat can’t get hold of any cotton wool balls or peel that you use for this purpose.
Another option is to spray the base of your Christmas tree with diluted vinegar. Again, cats will generally find this an unpleasant smell.
If your tree is usually up for a few weeks, it’s best to ‘top up’ the deterrent smell so your cat doesn’t get too used to it and are no longer put off by it.
Wrapping aluminium foil around the base of your Christmas tree (right up to the bottom branches) can derail any plans they may have had to scale its heights. A lot of cats don’t enjoy the feel or texture of it.
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