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How to Keep Your Cats Out of Your Christmas Tree This Season  

How to Keep Your Cats Out of Your Christmas Tree This Season  

So many things in life are better when you can share them with your dear sweet little kitty. But the Christmas tree might not be one of those. Combining Christmas trees and cats is usually more of a destructive experience than celebratory. Although, arguably, your cat is celebrating in its own way around the tree and on it. Fortunately, there are some easy tactics you can employ to help keep your cat safe during the holidays and your tree decorations intact.

Cats Just Have Their Own Ideas About Christmas Trees

First, put yourself in your cat’s place. An absolutely fascinating big new thing has been brought right into the living room. It’s a whole live tree! It’s now loaded with a captivating display of shiny bouncy baubles! If you’re a cat, that’s an obvious invitation to explore this wondrous tower of apparent toys, every inch of it.

Further, if you’re a cat, you might be thinking, “This is just one more instance of mom showing how much she loves me. She just gave me a whole tree inside the house and literally covered it with a ton of my favorite kind of toys — the bouncy bauble kind! This is a special occasion!”

So, naturally, you’re eager to play with your new toys and climb your new indoor tree. You can’t wait to bat and grab and knock off all the curious bouncy baubles, climb to the tree top, and ultimately abscond with some decorations, if at all possible. It looks like it’s sure to be the most fun you’ve ever had in the house, and it’s time to start having it!

Choosing Your Christmas Tree

A live tree is an exciting addition to your home for your family and, as our holiday thought experiment above has just shown, possibly even more exciting for your cats. But, when it comes to the tree, it’s either you or your cat. You cannot both have your own ultimate kind of fun with the same tree. Therefore, to help your cat see it your way:

  • Maybe use a fake tree: An artificial tree, especially one that your cats have become familiar with over a few years, may be of less interest to them than a new, unfamiliar, live tree. So, you may want to consider giving a fake tree a chance this year.
  • Use a small tree: Another way to keep the cat(s) out of the Christmas tree more easily is to get a much smaller tree — one does not offer the thrill of high climbing. It will still present the appeal of the bouncy baubles, but that can seem like a small problem compared to the annual toppling of the tree and demolition of decorations. A smaller Christmas tree is also safer because your cat can jump off the top of it more easily. That’s just good planning.

Setting Up Your Christmas Tree

Instead of putting on the ornaments as soon as you set up the tree, consider waiting a couple of days to let your cat go wild with the tree before it’s decorated.

  • Allow an introduction period: After you set up your Christmas tree, let your cat have some days to experiment. Ideally, your cat will finally abandon the tree. The hope is that the cat will find that evergreens, especially one sized for the living room, are not rigid enough to be much fun structurally for a cat to climb and hang around on.
  • Place the tree away from tall stuff: If possible, locate your tree as far as the space allows from furniture, mantles, window ledges, etc. This prevents your cat from using taller objects as springboards for jumping onto the tree.
  • Use some natural cat repellent ideas: Apparently, cats tend not to enjoy aluminum foil or citrus aromas. So, you may want to try this: Loosely shape a dozen or so large, very thin aluminum balls with lemon and/or orange peels inside. Place these around the tree base and even in some of the tree limbs. Give your cat a day or two to see if this turns him/her off to fascination with the tree.
  • Secure your tree: It’s common knowledge that cats climb trees and they jump up on them to get started climbing up them. So, as a minimum, make sure your tree is stable at the base. Also, consider securing the tree higher up with some wire or cord attached to a wall. That way, if you find one or more cats in your Christmas tree, at least the tree can’t easily crash down onto people, holiday gifts, falling felines, etc.

Decorating Your Christmas Tree

Accepting that your cat(s) will be playing with the ornaments, it’s probably advisable to think in terms of cat-friendly Christmas decorations.

  • Place lights strategically: Hang the lights a little toward the tree trunk instead of at the outside edges of the branches. That way, your cat may be less tempted to put his/her face deeper into the rough evergreen branches to chew the wires.
  • Use safer ties for hanging ornaments: Cats can be seriously injured by metal ornament hooks. Consider tying your ornaments onto your tree branches with string instead.
  • Be sure to unplug the lights when the tree is unattended: Your Christmas tree may be less compelling to climb or play with when it’s not lit up for maximum attraction. Unplugging prevents the risk of your cat from getting burned or electrocuted by chewing wires. It also prevents the risk of a house fire from the cat potentially pulling the plug on the light strand partially out of the outlet, causing it to spark near gift wrap, etc.

Don’t Let Yourself be Stressed by Cat and Tree Issues

In the final analysis, you’ve probably made your peace with the knowledge that your cat will scratch your furniture at some point and bring in the occasional frog, rodent, etc. So, just try to accept that your kitty will also probably climb the Christmas tree. Just go ahead and enjoy your charming tree and don’t be surprised when your cat inevitably rearranges some decorations. After all, for a cat, that’s the fun of a Christmas tree.

Give Your Cat the Ultimate Gift!

Distract your cat from wrecking your Christmas tree by giving him/her the incomparable option of playing outdoors! Your cat can frolic and climb his/her choice of trees at zero risk to holiday decorations! How?

Pet Door Products provides top-quality energy-efficient cat doors. Our revolutionary cat door for sliding glass doors, window-mount cat door, or other great options give your cat the gift of freedom. A cat door also gives you the gift of freedom from constantly tending the door for your cat to go in and out.

To inquire about or order your energy-efficient pet door gift for your sweet kitty, call Pet Door Products at (801) 973-8000, or contact us here online today!

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02:42 01 Sep 22
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Lorna Gillespie
21:15 31 Aug 22
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Olivia Pelton (Liv)
20:54 31 Aug 22
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Madeline Collier
16:20 29 Aug 22
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Abby Johnson
03:22 29 Jul 22
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DJ Hinckley
20:51 28 Jul 22
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Jason Smith
14:17 28 Jul 22
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Denise Jepperson
14:00 28 Jul 22
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Megan Cross
04:19 01 Jul 22
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Lynnette Yerbury
02:23 01 Jul 22
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Kaysi Briggs
Kaysi Briggs
21:27 30 Jun 22
My daughter referred me to Pet Door after having one installed. Gabe was very helpful and helped me decide which door would work best for my situation. I ended up buying a wall mounted door, installed it last Saturday (I live in Southern Utah) and it was one of the best decisions. We have high winds in this area and the flap is durable and stays shut with the magnet. It even took my dogs a little bit to get used to actually pushing the door open instead of just breezing through it like the old dog door. Thanks Gabe!
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Janae Chatterley
20:16 30 Jun 22
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22:30 29 Jun 22
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20:19 01 Jun 22
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16:50 31 May 22
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David Nye
16:27 31 May 22
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Amy Geyerman
16:04 31 May 22
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14:51 27 Apr 22
Prompt service, quick install. My dog loves his door. I like having more freedom.
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19:46 26 Apr 22
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Dallin Powell
Dallin Powell
18:28 26 Apr 22
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Jon Howse
Jon Howse
17:20 26 Apr 22
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15:06 26 Apr 22
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Ryan Watson
17:02 25 Apr 22
Great product, and very professional!
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Nick Mitchell
23:21 16 Mar 22
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Sean Southard
21:58 16 Mar 22
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ken fingerlos
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Dillon Hansen
21:35 14 Mar 22
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14:53 25 Feb 22
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00:53 24 Feb 22
Absolutely 💯 would reccomend. The installation was quick and the installers were very professional. Our dogs loves it! We would hands down reccomended springing the extra money to continue to have use of the sliding door. My grandparents bought a dog door inset and they do not have the accessibility we do.If your dog loves to be outside it is worthwhile to call and talk with them about your next steps
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Jenny Tracy
19:47 12 Jan 22
Wonderful customer service! They came out measured were very professional. Give us an install window met the deadline. Our dogs love it! They fit through the door and the door keeps the outside elements outside. Highly recommend.
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13:40 17 Dec 21
We love our new dog door! I chose this company because of their great reviews, and they sure do live up to them. Great service from the salesman Brock to the installer.He was quick and very professional and friendly! Love this company!
Stacie Lujan
Stacie Lujan
23:02 16 Dec 21
We have 3 big dogs and had been looking for a dog door for awhile. We called Pet Door Products and they sent Gabe out within a few days to measure our door. Our dogs love being able to go out when they want. We should have bought one from them a long time ago. Everyone was very nice and helpful! Would definitely recommend them if you are looking for a dog door.
Jen N
Jen N
19:21 16 Dec 21
I called to ask for a quote and they sent a representative out to our house, he was very professional. My family has a unique situation at home and they worked with us in order to get the door installed... Everything on the worked great, it is solid and it let's no cold air in. It took a min for the animals to get used to it but now they use it all day, everyday!!!!
Mike Betker
Mike Betker
18:30 16 Dec 21
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Michelle Smietana
Michelle Smietana
22:26 23 Nov 21
VERY happy with the new pet door! Installation was very quick (<30 min?). They pulled the old door out, took it out front to work on it, then brought it with new door in and put it back on the track. Awesome solution to needing a pet door in a sliding glass door.
Clark Jones
Clark Jones
18:50 18 Nov 21
Having a pet door is a true game changer. This one is expensive, but it seems to be pretty high quality. Looks good in our sliding door. Our experience working with the company was good. The installers were fast and good.
Matthew Orton
Matthew Orton
14:22 18 Nov 21
This was the perfect solution we were looking for. We didn’t want a hole in the wall and the insert we previously had didn’t allow the door to open very much. We’ve had it for a few weeks and are happy with it so far!
Daryn Giddings
Daryn Giddings
21:51 17 Nov 21
Gabe was professional and fast in getting everything processed. Once the door was ready the team was fast and courteous with getting it installed. The door is fabulous! Great quality! Well worth the price.
iluvhskz
iluvhskz
18:45 11 Nov 21
Durable dog door. Very impressed. Sales person, Brock, was very helpful and great to work with.
Samuel Fulton
Samuel Fulton
20:24 29 Oct 21
Very pleased with my experience with Pet Door Products. Brock was knowledgeable of the products and helped me figure out the best application for my home and pets.
John Hayes
John Hayes
23:04 27 Oct 21
I’ve been having problems trying to figure out what pet door to get and how they work. I was able to talk with one of your salesmen Brock and not only did he have answers all my questions but with his kindness and knowledge helped me with the measuring process as well! Great company and great employees !
Marley Haws
Marley Haws
17:10 27 Oct 21
Everything that we want in a dog door! Service was also great!
Bekah Crawley
Bekah Crawley
02:02 27 Oct 21
We have three doodles, one very large one fat and one medium small. They learned quickly how to use the door. Coolest part is the ability to add and take away magnets for strength of hold, we have 60+mph gusts regularly and the dog door holds strong without fail. Built well and installed in the promised timeline, no complaints as it’s made our life easier.
Dave Ski
Dave Ski
01:05 02 Oct 21
Gabe with Pet Door Products was great to work with and he made the whole process easy. We highly recommend this company.Thank you
Legend27jk
Legend27jk
03:33 01 Oct 21
Great company and sales person! Love the pet door and install went great! Highly recommend this company!
Audrey Sine
Audrey Sine
15:20 30 Sep 21
10 out of 10! This was a pretty easy and seamless process from start to finish. I recommend this company to all of my animal loving friends and family! Use these guys!! Thanks again!
Scott Schoneman
Scott Schoneman
21:51 29 Sep 21
You get what you pay for and this product is top quality.
Marlin Lane
Marlin Lane
18:24 29 Sep 21
My experience with the agent and customer representatives from Pet Door products was awesome. They helped answer questions and concerns that I had and helped me feel great about installing one of their doors at my house. My dog has gotten used to using it and it has been extremely convenient for me! These guys are great, go to them if you’re looking to get a dog/pet door!
Chris Toronto
Chris Toronto
19:40 28 Sep 21
I’m so glad we found Pet Door Products. I’m just sad we didn’t find it sooner. The new door has been amazing. Our dog has the freedom to come in and out and we can still use the whole door to go in and out as well. But we can also lock the dog door if needed.We get crazy winds and the wind hasn’t budged the dog door once.Our installer was amazing as well. He was so quick and he even fixed the lock on our sliding glass door that has never worked!
Nicole Thompson
Nicole Thompson
17:51 24 Aug 21
They are amazing to work with and so quick! They communicated with me throughout the whole process amd the order only took a few weeks to complete and install.
Jen Carlin
Jen Carlin
01:52 27 Jul 21
Quality Job! Great product!
Shane Sutera
Shane Sutera
22:41 26 Jul 21
We had a great experience with Pet Door Products. They came to give us a quote quickly and were within the time frame of delivery for the door. Install was quick and simple and they did all the work including a cleaning at the end. It has been amazing for our dogs and we can’t imagine going back!
Summer Stephenson
Summer Stephenson
03:37 21 Jul 21
We love our pet door! Great price, easy install appointment and it looks great. Thank You!
Jeannine Lynch
Jeannine Lynch
21:35 02 Jul 21
I love my dog door. It is by far money well spent, not to mention the great customer service I received from my salesman to the installation. Thank you!
Alysa Bowling
Alysa Bowling
05:05 01 Jun 21
Awesome product! Looks so nice and professional, much better than normal insert !
gabriel hagerman
gabriel hagerman
04:09 01 Jun 21
I absolutely LOVE this product and their employees are so nice!
Haley Aszmann
Haley Aszmann
04:09 01 Jun 21
One of the best things we've purchased. period. Well worth the money spent.
angie cooper
angie cooper
00:30 01 Jun 21
The pet door was very good quality, delivered on time and installed quickly and painlessly. Everyone involved in the process was professional and easy to work with. Only note like most places right now is if you want a door order in advance because things take a little time to make so if you expect a new family member call a few weeks ahead of your new arrival.
A J
A J
23:48 20 May 21
Had a great time with Gabe Hagerman! Very informative and friendly employee!
Logan Knox
Logan Knox
02:40 20 May 21
It’s always been hit or miss with pet products especially big things like dog doors and I am very happy with choosing pet door products to get my dog door from. The customer service was awesome and very helpful. My salesman Gabe was super personable and made sure that everything was up to my standards before finalizing everything which I appreciated. I will definitely be purchasing from this company again.
jonathon grundy
jonathon grundy
23:52 19 May 21
I compared prices at other places and Pet Door Products beat out all QUALITY options in my area. I know the glass is top notch, not just from having experienced it for the last 5 months, but because i know where it is sourced from and know others with the same windows.Though i did have some complaints and worries, they resolved every single one in ways that i thought were more than fair. We've received many compliments on the new door (and it's a lot easier to open!) and have felt a difference in temperature to the attached room (in a good way).Finally, the pet door itself is definitely a step up. We originally had a pet door we bought off of Amazon and installed in our aluminum door at our old house, but that wasn't an option when we moved (The pet door inserts you can get for sliding doors are just gross and take away so much of your door width. Would have been an absolute last resort, thank goodness PDP had a better option..) What a difference the pet door makes, it's double layered and feels a lot more insulated (no more breeze when i put my hand by it), the magnets also keep the seal fairly well. Most importantly, Both our doggos and cat love it and use it ALL THE TIME and it is holding up extremely well. That said, i take comfort with their warranty program coupled with their amazing customer service.If you need a sliding glass door with a pet door, i can't think of a better option than PDP
Jamie Keifert
Jamie Keifert
19:13 17 May 21
We're very happy with our Pet Door Products doggie door! We considered the more traditional sliding door insert, but didn't like how much of the opening it occupied. Although the cost is considerably more than the inserts found at the local hardware store, the aesthetic and maintained usability are worth it, not to mention the convenience of being able to allow our pup to let himself in and out!
Brian Isle
Brian Isle
15:18 27 Apr 21
Great door. Great quality. Great service. Dogs love it.
Richard Sackett
Richard Sackett
19:21 30 Mar 21
I love our new dog door and more importantly my dogs love it. It was a simple install and only took about 15 minutes
William Heath
William Heath
21:20 19 Mar 21
I was in the market for a pet door, my lab is getting older and I thought it might be time. I heard about Pet Door Products through a friend so I thought I would check them out. I can not express how happy I am with this company!! The customer service is AMAZING! The products is top of the line!! My sales Rep was AJ, and I will tell you what. when a sales rep cares so much about what they are selling, it totally gives you confidence in what you will be getting!! 10/10 recommend!!
Allorah Verucchi
Allorah Verucchi
19:51 19 Mar 21
Wonderful customer experience from the purchase to installation. Communication was clear during the whole process.The door itself is life changing. We used to have bugs crawl through the gap between our dog door and the sliding glass door. With the built in dog door in the glass, we have had zero issues with bugs. Not only that, but the flap is much more sturdy and durable than any other dog door we have used in the past.
Michael Moorehead
Michael Moorehead
19:39 16 Mar 21
Great product, easy install.
Jon Layne
Jon Layne
19:22 16 Mar 21
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