It’s the most beautiful time of the year! Unless you have pets that won’t leave your Christmas tree alone. What’s fun for them can quickly become a puzzle for the rest of us. Fortunately, having pets doesn’t mean sacrificing the well-being of your seasonal decorations. There are simple steps you can take to keep your Christmas tree pet-proof.
1. Hang the ornaments higher on your Christmas tree.
Low ornaments beg to be beaten to the ground by a curious cat or knocked down by a dog’s wagging tail. To avoid the temptation, hang your ornaments out of reach, leaving the bottom branches for the lights alone.
2. Put a physical barrier between your pet and your Christmas tree.
Pets cannot disturb what they cannot access! Place your Christmas tree in a corner if possible, then surround it with a physical barrier such as a baby gate. If you have smaller or less determined pets, you can even turn your blockade into an excuse for more decor. Place large wrapped boxes around the tree (whether real gifts or accessories) and There you go!, your tree is safe and it looks fabulous.
3. Make your Christmas tree smell bad (… for animals).
Certain perfumes that don’t bother humans are downright disgusting to pets. There are many store-bought sprays available, or you can make your own. For example, neither cats nor dogs are fans of citrus, then consider hanging some homemade lemon and orange slice ornaments on your tree. They will smell good for you and bad for your pets. Win-win!
4. Keep your Christmas tree away from raised surfaces.
When it comes to cats and Christmas trees, it’s all about location, location, location. If your tree is next to an end table or sofa, for example, your cat may have all the encouragement he needs to get started on your carefully decorated centerpiece.
5. Choose a smaller tree that does not rest on the ground.
Some pet owners forgo a standard-size Christmas tree in favor of a smaller tree that can be raised away from prying eyes. If you are feeling cheated on the idea of ââa mini tree, consider buying more than one! Place a few small Christmas trees around your house on the mantels and table tops, then enjoy the fun of having a tree in every room.
6. Forget about the food-based Christmas tree decor.
An easy way to reduce pets’ interest in your Christmas tree is to get rid of any food decorations that might be too interesting to resist. Popcorn garlands are cheerful, sure, but might soon catch the eye of even the most sensitive noses in your household.
7. Surround your Christmas tree with things that pets avoid.
Instead of literal physical barriers, you could instead choose to surround your tree with materials that deter animals to be too close. For example, dogs and cats are famous hate foil, so creating a wedge with the shiny stuff might just be the only deterrent you need.
8. Limit the damage.
If it has proved impossible to keep pets away, now is the time to deal with the crisis. Get a heavy base for your Christmas tree that will hold it firmly to the ground, then ditch your standard ornament hooks for rigid wire which can be twisted and fixed on each branch.