How to Cat-Proof Your Christmas Tree

There is no shortage of Holiday dangers around your house this Christmas. – here are just a few. But, unless you cat-proof your Christmas Tree, you may find yourself decorating it regularly throughout the season.

In this article: 

  • Aluminium foil 
  • Ornaments
  • Wire ornament hangers
  • Tinsel 
  • Lights

There is just nothing happier than a cat with a new toy. Your tree with all its bat-able ornaments could be, in your Kitty’s eyes anyway, the best Christmas gift of all. She will remove the ornaments, bite at the lights, and she will climb to the very top.

There, she will declare herself to be an angel in spite of all the evidence to the contrary. If you’re not interested in re-installing and re-decorating the tree daily, you will need to take some precautions.

Ways to Cat-Proof Your Christmas Tree

Here are a few of the best ways we know to preserve your tree and your Kitty through the Holidays.

Aluminum Foil

Any time you have a plant that you don’t want Kitty digging in or climbing upon, put down a sturdy layer of aluminum foil. This fix also applies to Christmas trees – just wrap the stand and the trunk. Cats dislike the feel of the foil under their paws and will avoid it.


The younger your cat is, the more prudent you will be to avoid glass ornaments of any kind. They WILL be removed from the tree and pressed into service as balls for batting. This is especially dangerous for cats because a glass ball sufficiently batted will eventually break. The shards are rarely eaten, but they can and will make for a tattered tongue and mouth. Use plastic ornaments when possible 🙂

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Wire Ornament Hangers

Small wire doo-hickeys like the stock ornament hangers present a big danger for your feline friends. Wires can be swallowed and perforate tender inner parts. This can cause deadly results. Please take the time to affix your tree ornaments with something less sinister. Buy a roll of ribbon or cord to tie them on.


Your cat will be thrilled with those silvery strands of tinsel. They quiver in response to the slightest wave of a paw and are second only to live birds in terms of temptation. Know that when swallowed those pseudo icicles can create havoc, even death, when they arrive in Kitty’s gut. In order to cat-proof your Christmas Tree, you should resist the temptation to hang this stuff on your tree if your cat is a curious eater.


Electric lights – especially the blinkity ones – are just as difficult to resist as tinsel and even more dangerous. You may be among the Yule Tide revelers who cannot imagine Christmas without them. For you two bits of advice.

1. Use heavy-duty tape to secure the electrical plug to the wall so that Kitty won’t use the chord to pull the tree down around her ears.

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2. Put a few pennies in an empty drink can and keep it handy. Every time Kitty gets close to the lights, shake it. It’s a distasteful noise and a handy helper when you are trying to cat-proof your Christmas tree. (Or discourage any other bad habit.)

Final Thoughts: How to Cat-Proof your Christmas Tree

With these tips you can make your tree less dangerous for your cat. Although you can never truly cat-proof your Christmas tree. 🙂 Kitty will always be sorely tempted!

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