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How to Create a Cat-Safe Christmas Tree
An Attractive Christmas Tree Skirt Covers the Cat-Safe Water Reservoir

An Attractive Christmas Tree Skirt Covers the Cat-Safe Water Reservoir

Photo Credit: © Franny Syufy

As our cats are considered family members, they enjoy Christmas as much as we do. The air is filled with new and interesting sounds, sights, scents, and activity. Our Christmas tree has always been central to the Winter holiday season, and it is a source of constant gazing, sniffing, and batting ornaments by our four cats. Not to worry though, no ornaments are broken, regardless of how much they're batted around the floor. Best yet: our cats are safe. Follow these steps to create your own cat-safe Christmas tree.

Step One:Lay a Sturdy, Attractive, Safe Foundation

Our tree is a moderate (5 1/2 Feet Tall) Noble Pine, of equal diameter at the bottom branches.
  • We use a sturdy metal holder, which is cone-shaped to prevent the cats from drinking the tree water. Although we choose not to use them, many "fresh tree" additives are toxic to cats.
  • The light bulbs are low wattage LED, to help prevent overloaded circuits and fire.
  • We've snipped off all small, try twigs from the bottom branches, to prevent any kitty munching.
  • An attractive velvet, trimmed with satin tree skirt finishes off the foundation. I spray it regularly with Feliway to discourage any "ownership claims."

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