Cats and Christmas Trees: 8 Ways to Keep Your Tree Standing

The holiday season is in full swing! All over the country, millions of frisky kitties are eyeing shiny ornaments, and wreaking havoc on pretty Christmas trees. Needless to say, this may not go well for the trees! In this article, a Colorado Springs, CO vet offers advice that may help keep your tree upright.

Choose a Sturdy Tree

Pick a tree with a sturdy base. To reinforce it, secure the top to your wall or ceiling with fishing line.

Go Artificial

Trees are perfect for kitties to climb. Artificial trees? Not so much. Getting a fake tree will make it harder for your furball to get into the branches.

Decorate Wisely

When you’re decorating the tree, hang tinsel and fragile, shiny, and glittery ornaments on the top part of the tree, out of the reach of those cute little paws.


Are you considering getting Fluffy a cat tower for the holidays? Giving it to her early may also help keep your tree upright.

Don’t Offer Easy Access

Don’t put your tree in a spot that offers a ready-made kitty launch pad, such as a desk or couch. If possible, put it in a corner.

More Bribery

Still no luck keeping your cat out of the tree? Bribe her again: this time with empty boxes. It won’t hurt to throw in some catnip mice.


Daily play sessions just might tire your kitty out. Use interactive toys, like wands, to really get your furball interested and moving. After the play session, give Fluffy dinner. When your feline buddy finishes eating, she’ll probably start yawning and looking for a place to curl up for a nap.

Even More Bribery

Give Fluffy a new window seat, preferably one that offers a good vantage point of a birdfeeder. Your kitty might be so engrossed in birdwatching that she forgets the tree!

Remember to always put your feline pal’s safety first. Tinsel, lights, and ornament hooks are all dangerous to kitties, so keep these things well away from your mischievous furball. If you get a real tree, cover the water so Fluffy can’t drink it, as it may contain toxic chemicals.

Happy Holidays! All of us here at your Colorado Springs, CO vet clinic want to wish you a wonderful holiday season. Please contact us for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs.