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Old 12-01-2013, 06:58 PM
 
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Let Iris and Fern show you what happens to a Xmas tree:

A Cats Christmas
Those before and after pictures are HILARIOUS! The whole thing is great fun, thanks for sharing. They make a very good point about hooks. It is better to tie things on securely, hooks can be very dangerous to curious kitties, too. I never used hooks for hanging ornaments when I had the tree. I have two Christmas tree chewers now, so I no longer put a tree up.
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Old 12-01-2013, 07:08 PM
 
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My post was sincere, I don't bother with sarcasm.. Sometimes when you have a pet you have to make a few sacrifices, which can mean unbreakable ornaments on the tree and a grating over the water reservoir to keep the cat from drinking it. And anchor the tree to the wall somehow, but not with invisible fishing wire, which can cause serious injury.

If the cat wants to climb the tree or bat at ornaments, she is going to do it. Making it safe for her is a reasonable solution.

And as I said, spraying a cat to deter unwanted behavior only works while you are there to spray the water. Why you felt the need to make a snarky remark is beyond me.
Not being snarky at all...sometimes its hard to gauge emotions by reading, but I meant absolutely no harm to you at all. I really only spray her to shoo her away...your post was honest and helpful to me. Thankfully the majority of my ornaments aren't breakable.
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Old 12-01-2013, 07:09 PM
 
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How do you know? Just wondering. It would seem that since owners are around all the time and cats only get sprayed when doing Bad Things, they would tend to associate the spray with Bad Things, rather than with owners. The use of treats to reward postive behavior during training would seem to be just the same thing in reverse. Treats become associated with positive behaviors in that case, rather than an unpleasant watering being associated with negative behaviors.

Meanwhile, we have had cut real trees with real lights and glass ornaments with many cats for many years. They eat the tinsel. They knock down any low-hanging ornaments. They have climbed the tree a few times, but only once brought about a disastrous toppling. This year however, we have three new kittens, one of which is a very curious and active female toyger. We will get an artificial tree this year and some new ornaments that we don't care about. Maybe back to normal again next year. Ordinarily, the tree would be anchored to a sturdy nearby doorknob using green garden twine. We'll see if that's necessary this year. There are abundant sources of water in the house and it would be difficult to drink from the tree holder with its network of heavy buttresses and bolts, but I don't think we'll need to consider that this year in any case.
I have an artificial tree, so no water needed, so I got that in check. Good tip with the tinsel.
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Old 12-01-2013, 07:10 PM
 
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I've never had a cat brake an ornament - but then, my flooring is carpet - and I know wood flooring is more popular these days. And, though I've always had cat(s) - I guess I haven't had kitten and Christmas tree at same time. That could be a whole other story! (Is she a kitten?)
I have wooden floors - she is going to be 3 in February.
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Old 12-01-2013, 07:39 PM
 
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This will be our 36th Christmas in this house and there have been cut trees and cats at all of them. For the most part, the cats are curious when the tree first comes in from outside, but then they get used to it and leave it alone. We have one who likes to sit under it as if he were a present, the better to peer out undetected through the french doors at birds and squirrels visiting the feeders just beyond. Otherwise, they try to snatch tinsel and they swat at any ornaments hung too low, but basically, they coexist. We started out with three cats way back when and that somehow expanded to seven. Then by various means, it got back to three again which didn't seem like enough, so we added three kittens in September. Two I think would be fine. They are gentle rescue siamese/tonkinese mixes. But the third is a female toyger. Long, lean, athletic, curious, inventive, persistent. I don't think there is any way that our traditional tree could survive her, at least at this age. We'll go the artificial route this year, then see how things look a year from now.
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Old 12-01-2013, 10:42 PM
 
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I suppose I've been lucky. All the cats in my family never climbed our Christmas trees. They were mostly interested in checking them out when the trees first came into the house.

I've only put up an artifical tree twice. Both times Lily thought the branches made fabulous kitty teeth flossers. I tossed the tree.

Last Christmas Charcoal was pretty good for an 8 month old with his first tree. If he got too close, Lily would give him a smack on his head.

Guess we'll just see what happens with year with the tree now that Charcoal is twice as big as he was at 8 months old....and still growing - yikes!
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Old 12-01-2013, 10:58 PM
 
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When my cat was still alive she used to climb the x-mas tree at night but she did not mess up the ornaments so badly, thank god. Sadly i did not have a spray bottle of water back then.
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Old 12-02-2013, 02:28 AM
 
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Old 12-03-2013, 01:11 PM
 
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Our current cat does is too lazy for all the climbing (of the fake tree), instead he lays on the tree skirt. But growing up we had a climber, my mom and dad screwed the tree stand to a bit of plywood (I think it was about 3'x3' maybe), to prevent toppling. We never had an issue with any cat drinking the water. I think the Sprite in the water for the tree made that a non-issue. We always never put ornaments on the bottom row and NEVER use tinsel. Hope that helps!
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Old 12-03-2013, 02:18 PM
 
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Growing up we always had real trees and cats. My parents had unusual solutions that worked. My father cut off the lowest branches and put it in a 5 gallon metal tar bucket, filled with sand. That made a solid base for the tree and kept it from drying out as well.

My mother inserted eye hooks in the wall and painted to match then ran fishing line through them and around the tree anchoring it to the wall. The tree stayed put regardless of how many times the cat climbed it. After the first couple of times the cat stopped climbing it, I guess securing it took all the fun out of it, LOL
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