How To Keep Cat Out Of X-mas Tree ?

Old 11-27-01, 06:41 PM
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This is probably an age old question, but a really good one for this time of year. What is the best way to keep your cat from climbing up into the Christmas tree ? It is getting really old straightening and re-hanging ornaments on a daily basis ? The tree is artificial. Any ideas ? The spray that can be purchased in a pet supply store doesn't seem to work for very long, if at all.

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Old 11-28-01, 06:42 AM
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I suspect that this is a young cat, probably less than a year old? If that's the case you can rest easy in the knowledge that in a few years she/he'll lose interest in climbing the tree although you'll still probably have to either re-hang or re-position lower ornaments. Other than that, the only thing I know to do is aversion training. Don't let the cat have access to the room the tree is in unless you're there, when he starts getting too interested in the tree, a quick spritz with a water pistol will usually do the trick. I have yet to see the cat that doesn't hate this. It's the only thing that will keep my mother's stubborn male off the counter. It's how we trained our Maine Coons. Although the problem I have is with mine trying to eat the ribbon. Fortunately after 11 years he's slowed down a bit .
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In the past I have used orange peels or manderine peels. I just lay them on the branch near the trunk of the tree and I add fresh ones every other day. It worked on my four month old tabby in 1998 and she hasn't been in our tree since. They keep the room smelling nice too! Good Luck!

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