Ragdoll Cats and Christmas Trees
When we asked Floppycats’ readers about their experiences with putting up Christmas trees in a house full of cats, we received various responses. Some owners find their cats indifferent to the whole thing, while others are in trouble when their cat decides to take residence inside the tree.
Some of our readers have cats that attack the tree, attempting to knock it over. Choose a sturdy base that does not move quickly.
One of the most significant issues with Christmas trees is the ornaments. Avoid going with glass ball ornaments that are shiny. These items resemble cat toys, and you may find your cat drawn to trying to knock them down or chew on them. Or make sure you put them high enough on the tree that the cat can’t bat them off.
Perhaps you’ll find that your cat treats the Christmas tree like a cat scratching tree. He may need help to tell the difference. Some sprays are available that, when used, make the surrounding area temporarily unpleasant to the cat. Otherwise, use your usual techniques for setting boundaries. You’ll also want to take it easy on the lights for the Christmas tree to avoid any problems, as some cat owners report that their pets like to chew on wires.
Opting for a fake tree may be safer if you’re a feline enthusiast to avoid your pet eating real pine needles or hurting himself on the sharp needles. Better safe than sorry! Remember to go for a smaller tree to diminish possible future damage if your pet decides the tree is suddenly the best cat toy ever.
My mom never had a problem with Rags, the Ragdoll cat I grew up with and the one photographed in this post. He never bothered the tree – just enjoyed sitting under it. Caymus and Murphy also enjoy sitting under it.
I have not had a problem with Charlie and Trigg bothering the trees I have had.
Let’s continue the discussion in the comments – what has been your experience with your kitties and Christmas trees?
Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,