Holiday Cat-Proofing for the Home!

As much as we love our feline friends, we occasionally have to do a little work around the home to ensure that they (as well as our stuff) remain safe. The holidays present a whole new set of possible cat plus stuff encounters.
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We’ve shown you ideas on how to keep cats off the computer, how to protect upholstery from cats and more, but what about all the new objects that come into a home for the holidays? Last year we featured a great post on how to cat-proof a Christmas tree, and seeing as how many photographs pop up in a search for “cats in a Christmas tree” we can only imagine this is an annual headache for many cat owners. Among our favorite suggestions from the post:
  • Use a piece of high test fishing line to connect the top of the tree to the ceiling. This will prevent the tree from tipping.
  • Cats naturally hate the scent of oranges, so keep orange peels under the tree to repel your cat.
  • If it’s a plastic tree, a small amount of Citronella oil shaken into a bottle of water and misted on to the tree makes it smell unpleasant to the cat but fresh and citrus-like to you.
  • For small kittens wrap tinfoil around the trunk. They don't like putting their nails into it and it will keep them from climbing the tree.
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Of course, the Christmas tree is only one of many things to keep cats from—garland, lights, tinsel and nativity scenes are all prey for curious cats. What are your most memorable cats-in-the-Christmas-decorations stories from your own home? Share any successful holiday cat-proofing tips you may have!

(Images: Flickr members [dprevite], [Kenneth Hynek] and [Eirik Newth] licensed for use under Creative Commons)

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Adrienne photographs beautiful homes in and around her home base of Austin, Texas. She's a contributor to UPPERCASE Magazine and spends all her free time exploring small town Texas. She watches a lot of Star Trek.

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