Keeping Fluffy Out of the Tree

Are you putting a tree up this year? If you have a kitty, don’t be surprised if you find her eyeing the tree with a mischievous gleam in her eye. Playing with trees is one of Fluffy’s favorite holiday traditions! Read on as a local Isle of Palms, SC vet offers some tips on keeping your playful pet out of the tree.


Choosing the right spot for your tree is very important! A corner is a good option. Avoid putting it too close to a sofa, desk, or chair. These things make very convenient kitty launch pads!

Decoration Tactics

Fluffy just can’t resist batting at shiny objects that are conveniently hung at kitty level. Keep fragile ornaments, ribbon, tinsel, and lights on the top third of the tree. Decorate the bottom part with sturdy, non-breakable ornaments. That way, if your furry friend does knock something down, it won’t shatter and leave sharp pieces on the floor.


Give your cat at least a few of her holiday gifts early. If Fluffy has all sorts of fun new toys to play with, she may not be quite as interested in the tree. If your kitty doesn’t have a cat tower, consider getting her one as a holiday gift. These are great for frisky felines!

Tree Choices

Did you know that cats’ claws are shaped in a way that makes it very easy for them to climb up things? This is very convenient for kitties in the wild! However, your pet’s claws won’t be much help in climbing a fake tree. Consider getting a synthetic tree this year.


Make sure to put a good, sturdy base on the tree, so that it doesn’t wobble. (Note: don’t forget to cover the tree water. It could contain sap and residues from fertilizer, pesticides, or herbicides, which are definitely not safe for your feline buddy to drink!)

Baby Gate

Another thing you can try is putting a small fence or baby gate in front of the tree. Just be advised that this won’t work for every cat: some kitties may just jump right over it!

Happy Holidays from all of us here at Cats Only Animal Hospital! If your cat needs an exam, spay/neuter surgery, microchipping, or any other veterinary care, please contact us, your Isle of Palms, SC pet hospital. We are always happy to help!