How do I keep my kitten from attacking the Christmas tree?


Get my kitten to stop crawling up the Christmas tree. I have tried putting orange peels in and around the tree. I have tried spraying the tree with cat repellent from Petco, and putting playful jingle ornaments on the bottom of the tree 🌲. None of that has worked. Help please

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  • How old is she? If she is really little I would put a gate around it that she can't jump over. Otherwise try to wire it to the ceiling so she can't tip it over if she climbs it.

  • We all go through this. Just take him or her down and sharply tell them NO. Just like training human children. Some people use squirt guns, but I never did, not into terrorizing or torturing animals. Just keep at it and they will learn. I have 6 cats and they all learned to leave the tree alone. My house is open concept, so I had no doors to close off so I took the offending kitty and placed them in my bedroom for 5 or 10 minutes. They learned. While they were little I made sure to use ornaments that wouldn't hurt them as I do need to leave the house.

  • Oliva Oliva on Dec 20, 2018

    Try essential oils of rosemary or Rue, which cats will avoid.

  • Everything Pretty Everything Pretty on Dec 20, 2018

    Get a jar and fill it with some pennies or something that will make a loud noise. Every time she goes near the tree, say NO and shake the jar. She will learn not to go near it.

  • Trisha LeFebvre Williams Trisha LeFebvre Williams on Dec 21, 2018

    Thank you so much for the quick response. I will try them all. I have given a sharp no quite a bit but I will keep at it. I do have several essential oils put I do not have rosemary. I do have rose and sweet orange?!?! Maybe that will help.

  • Ellis Ellis on Dec 21, 2018

    We had success with spritzing kitty with water from a clean spray bottle when she went near the tree. This after she knocked the tree over a few times.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Oct 31, 2020

    Hi! For years I have hung bells under the tree. The cats would play with the bells and stay out of the tree. We had a kitty who chewed through the wire on the tree lights. She survived, but, after a very expensive vet bill. That's when we started with the bells. I find they are easy to get and inexpensive this time of year. Good luck!