The night is calm and full of wonder, as the cold December breeze whispers ever gently beneath our window sills. Everyone gathers around the tree in anticipation of the Christmas miracle.
Dad will help his daughter mount the star on the tree as mom rocks back and forth in her chair, waiting for her loved ones to join her for dinner. Everything seems to be perfect: the lit Christmas tree sitting in the corner, the empty socks mounted on the wall, ready to filled by Santa Claus with delicious treats, fire burning in the hearth and the child is smiling.
The perfect night for a perfect Christmas, but, hark! What is that sound? Perchance it the falling snow or the wood in the hearth. You get up in a hurry to find out where the strange noise is coming from.
And there, right beside the decorated Christmas Tree, you’ll see the tiny kitten, looking at you with her big glassy eyes and with her soothing meow, as if she wanted to sing to you a little carol, one that you’ll never forget:
Give us that surprise!
Give it quick, with no delay,
Or the Tree will go away.
Every year, the struggle gets real, and I’m not talking about going on a gift-buying crusade. Pet owners, especially cat owner know by heart how difficult it is to keep your Christmas tree intact. Yes, the cat is cute and cuddly and it purrs a lot, but we know for a fact that cats and Christmas trees don’t go along to well.
And so, as part of giving and sharing Christmas tradition, we have the pleasure of bringing you a list of helpful hints on how to protect your perfectly decorated Christmas tree from the roaming Kittler.
Here are some things you should have in mind when you’re preparing to decorate the Christmas tree. And yes, you can now have a jolly Christmas by kitten-proofing the Christmas tree.
- Consider buying an artificial Christmas tree
We all know what we have to endure when it comes to choosing the perfect Christmas tree. Each year we are in the position to scour through various shops in order to find that perfect tree.
Unfortunately, as we all know that in order to have a perfect Christmas, one will have to dig deep into his pockets and the Christmas tree makes no exception to this rule. And so, we are proposing an alternative, which can be cheaper, resilient and more important, kitten-proof.
You can get a dummy Christmas tree from basically any shop and mall. Consider paying a visit to Walmart, because the boys sure know how to cut a deal, especially centered around a holiday.
Artificial trees are cheap and easy to assemble and can make a difference when it comes to cats. Usually, felines, like us, are attracted by the earthy scent of a tree. It is only natural that her instincts would kick in, prompting her into taking the high ground.
By using a plastic tree you are also helping the environment, not just yourself, remember that. As for our feline companions, in most cases, they will not like the sensation of cold plastic on their paws. They will simply acknowledge it and move on doing something else. If this doesn’t help, then we have more tricks to share with you.
- Use plastic Christmas decorations
It’s no wonder that cats are simply mad when it comes to knocking down those decorations. Most of them are made from hard glass and covered in glitter. And we know that cats are suckers when it comes to shiny stuff. Think about switching from glass decorations to plastic decorations.
Moreover, it would be wise to avoid Christmas decoration which are covered in glitter or those treated with phosphorus for the glow-in-the-dark effect. Think about buying hand-made paper Christmas decorations.
Now, just because cats hunt out glittery stuff doesn’t mean we can’t buy nice Christmas decoration. The to this problem lies in smart Christmas decorations. I mean, glitter can be nice sometimes, but too much glitter can spoil the whole shebang, making it look a retired Hollywood star.
- Get yourself a sturdy tree bolster
Assembling the plastic Christmas tree is one thing, but keeping it up proves to be quite a challenge especially when a kitten is nearby.
But fret not, young Christmas enthusiasts because there is a solution to this problem. Naturally, the tree doesn’t stand up on its own. It requires a bolster, a base.
There are many models available on the market, many of them being carved out of wood in order to give some panache to the whole X-Mas ensemble.
Wooden supports are ok, they’re sturdy and functional and you won’t have a problem keeping the Christmas tree up. But bear in mind that the base must manage to keep the tree upright when the furry beast aims for the upper branches. In this case, a wooden base would prove to be quite useless, because the cat won’t have any problems tipping over the tree, along with all decorations.
Now, there are a couple of solutions to this problem. A metal base would be your best choice in this case. Look for those made out of cast metal, not those which are hollow inside. They’re heavier than the traditional wooden bases, adding more stability to the tree itself. It will be quite enough to keep the cat from bringing down the whole tree when she decides to take the leap of faith.
However, you can improve the tree’s stability with several items found around the house. Remember when grandma used to bake stuff for the kids? She always had a scale stashed away somewhere around the pantry.You know that scale with big round metal weights. Now, if by chance you kept that scale around the house, you can always use the weights in order to give the tree some additional stability.
Just pick out the big weights (those which bear the label of 5 kilos) and place them on base’s legs. Two should be enough to ensure that the cat won’t mess up your Christmas.
If you are planning on going with the natural Christmas tree, then think about buying a pot for it. The bigger the pot, the better for your tree. Fill it with dirt, level it off. That way you’re making sure that the tree has a greater degree of stability and that it won’t wither out and die at the end of December.
And, at the end of the holiday, you can always uproot the tree from the pot and plant it in a forest: good for nature, good for man and interesting for the cat.
There’s another possibility which you should take into consideration. If metal bases are not your cups of tea, then there’s another solution. Take a trip to your local hardware store a take a good look at the Christmas department. There are a couple of bases, most of them fashioned from hard plastic, which have built-in water tanks. Basically, one would mount the tree in the bolster, secure it with screws and then fill the tank with water or with sand. Ta-da! Kitten-proof Christmas tree.
Well, that will be all folks in the area of Christmas tree security. Bear these suggestions into mind before heading out to buy your Christmas tree and everything will turn out just fine, in terms of kitten issues.
And do remember to enjoy yourself this season and be more lenient towards your cat if she decides to do some antics because cats will be cats. Merry Christmas!
Here’s a video of a kitten wacking down the Christmas tree, for research purposes only.