Attach wire or cord near the baseboard. You’ll just have to cover the small hole with a piece of furniture afterward. I’d also recommend you invest in a heavy-duty tree stand. Pick one that can easily manage the weight and height of the tree even if a determined feline attempts to scale it. When choosing a location for the tree, a corner is a safer choice.
Look around though and make sure there isn’t a table or piece of furniture too close that your cat might use as a springboard to launch himself onto the tree. Shutterstock Tree Lighting Cat Safety Tips Coat tree light wires with a bitter anti-chew cream to reduce the risk of getting chewed. Coat the wires before placing them on the tree. I recommend wearing disposable gloves when handling the wires. This way, you don’t have to worry about accidentally getting the nasty tasting product on your fingers and then touching your mouth before you have a chance to wash your hands. The gloves act as a reminder that you’re handling icky-tasting stuff.
When placing the lights on the tree, wrap them tightly around branches to limit any dangling wires. This will make it less enticing to your cat. Choose lights that are steady and not twinkling to reduce the chances of enticing your cat into playing with them. Don’t leave tree lights on all night or when you’re not at home. It’s best to completely unplug the tree lights when not in use. Cover the electrical light cords leading from the tree to the outlet.
Use pre-slit tubing to prevent your cat from gaining access to the electrical cord itself. Routinely check any exposed electrical cord for signs of teeth marks or breaks in rubber covering. Additionally, routinely examine your cat, especially if he’s a kitten or has shown interest in the tree. Check his mouth for signs of burns. Look for singed hair or whiskers. Watch his behavior as well in case you notice a lack of appetite, change in breathing, needing to stand up in order to breathe, coughing or anything that doesn’t seem right. If you suspect your cat has been chewing on the Christmas tree lights, get to the veterinarian or veterinary emergency clinic immediately.
Powered by Slider Revolution 5. Christmas is coming soon and everyone is so excited. To make the holiday even more spectacular, you found the perfect Christmas tree. You set it up, carefully decorate it and then stand back to bask in the beauty of the twinkling lights and delicate ornaments handed down from generation to generation. Your happiness may quickly turn to panic though as you notice your cat sauntering over to the tree with a look of total joy. He thinks you’re the absolute best cat parent in the whole world because you just created the max in environmental enrichment.
You set up the ultimate CAT TREE! I’ve seen people attempt to keep their cats away from the Christmas tree by creating an aluminum foil moat or encircling it in a folding dog X-Pen. Although many cats may not enjoy walking over aluminum foil, they’ll think nothing of it when it’s the only barrier between them and the impossible-to-resist tree of their dreams. X-pen fences may keep a small dog from bothering your tree but it will only slow your determined cat down by seconds before you see his happy head poking out from between the branches. The other thing I notice cat parents do is to set up electronic deterrents around the tree. Whether it’s a sound-generating device or a shock mat, you might very well keep your cat away from the tree but you’ll also distress him which could lead to secondary behavioral issues.
I especially hate these devices in multipet environments. The sound-generating device can upset a cat or dog who isn’t even the one attempting to approach the tree. With either deterrent device, it may cause a cat to redirect his frustration and react negatively by lashing out at a companion cat. There’s no place in your home for either of these devices. Your plan starts with choosing the best location for the tree. For example, if there’s a large picture on the wall, remove it and put the tree in that spot. If the above doesn’t seem sturdy enough you can add extra support by securing the tree toward the bottom as well. You’ll just have to cover the small hole with a piece of furniture afterward. I’d also recommend you invest in a heavy-duty tree stand.