Originally published Nov 25, 2013, I had a reader email the other day asking me this question, so I thought I would run this post again.
I have had a few email inquiries lately about Ragdoll cats and Christmas trees, so I thought I would run this post again and see if we could get more input overall.
When asking Floppycats’ readers about their experiences with putting up Christmas trees in a house full of cats, we received a variety of responses. Some owners find their cats indifferent to the whole thing, while others end up in a whole heap of trouble when their cat decides to take up 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 easily.
One of the biggest 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 up 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 not be able to tell the difference at first. There are some sprays 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.
It may be safer to opt for a fake tree 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! Don’t forget to go for a smaller tree too to diminish possible future damage if your pet decides the tree is suddenly the best cat toy ever.
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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?