Keeping Fluffy Out of the Tree

Do you have a frisky feline on your hands? If so, you may facing a bit of a challenge if you put up a tree this year. Fluffy often goes into full mischief-making mode at this time of year! Read on as a local Glendale, AZ vet offers some tips on keeping your playful pet out of the tree.

Go Artificial

You may want to consider getting an artificial tree. Cats can’t really climb these too well, so the odds of Fluffy knocking the tree down will be at least a little bit lower.

Add Extra Support

Use fishing line to secure the top of the tree to the wall or ceiling. It won’t show, but will add some extra support, which may just keep the tree standing.

Make The Tree Unappealing

Try spritzing taste deterrents around the bottom of the tree. You could also put aluminum foil around it. Many cats hate that crinkly feeling!

Get A Sturdy Base

Make sure to get a sturdy base for your tree. A wobbly tree won’t stand much of a chance against a frisky feline!

Tire Fluffy Out

Simply telling Fluffy to leave the tree alone probably won’t be very effective. Instead, tire your furball out by playing with her every day. After a fun session of Catch The Red Dot, your playful pet may be too tired to attack the tree!

Position It Carefully

When you put the tree up, try to avoid putting it near sofas, desks, or other pieces of furniture. This will just give your kitty an easy way to reach the tree!

Decorate Wisely

Fluffy won’t be able to resist batting at a shiny ornament that’s easy for her to reach. Hang most of the decorations—including ribbon, tinsel, lights, and garlands—on the top part of the tree.


Why not give your feline pal some of her gifts early? Buy or make Fluffy a cat tower, and put toys and treats around it. Your pet may be purrfectly content to climb that instead!


When Fluffy approaches the tree, do something to startle her. Make a loud noise, or squirt her with water.

All of us here at Bell Animal and Bird Hospital, your Glendale, AZ vet clinic, want to wish you a wonderful, happy, and safe holiday season. Please contact us if ever we can be of assistance.

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