Get Your Cat to Stop Climbing Your Christmas Tree With These 20 Alternatives

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If you own a cat and celebrate Christmas, chances are you've come to accept the inevitable: your cat is going to try to climb your tree. (And if your cat doesn't, please tell me your secret.) I have three cats, and as long as our Christmas tree is up, they're trying to climb it — or at least sit underneath it and swat all of the ornaments off. While I don't know how to keep my cats out of our traditional, artificial tree, my mother is an avid Christmas tree collector (I think my last count was in the 60s), so I've come to learn that there are some types of trees our cats will actually leave alone.

Whether it's a similar substitute for your traditional tree or a new approach like a tabletop tree, a wire tree, or a cat-scratcher tree — for those who want to fully embrace the madness — we've collected some inspiration for your holiday decorating. Sometimes multiple trees can be good: decorate the main tree with cat-friendly ornaments and save your special ornaments for an ornament-holder tree on your dining room table. Don't be afraid to go a little out of the box and add a new spin to your holidays with these cat-friendly options. (Well, more cat-friendly. Knowing my cats, they might even find a way to climb some of these!)

Upside Down Green Cypress Artificial Christmas Tree
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Upside Down Green Cypress Artificial Christmas Tree

Show your cat your sense of humor with this Upside Down Green Cypress Artificial Christmas Tree ($307, originally $567), and see if they can climb up this one. (OK, they might still be able to.)

Wooden Christmas Tree Topiary Shelf
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Wooden Christmas Tree Topiary Shelf

If your cat isn't prone to knocking things off shelves, opt for this Wooden Christmas Tree Topiary Shelf ($140, originally $170) and fill it with your favorite Christmas decorations.

Rustic Stained Christmas Tree Ornament Holder
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Rustic Stained Christmas Tree Ornament Holder

This Rustic Stained Christmas Tree Ornament Holder ($68) is a great option for the more fragile ornaments you don't want your cat to get to.

Sterling Silver Coral Artificial Christmas Tree
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Sterling Silver Coral Artificial Christmas Tree

This Sterling Silver Coral Artificial Christmas Tree ($70) has the same feel and look of a traditional Christmas tree, but it's definitely more difficult for your cat to climb on.

Natural Alpine Christmas Tree
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Natural Alpine Christmas Tree

Want to stay as close to a traditional tree as possible? Try this Natural Alpine Christmas Tree ($42) with a longer trunk, which conveniently doubles as a cat's scratching post (not by design — I know this from experience.)

Wrought Iron Ornament Display Christmas Tree
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Wrought Iron Ornament Display Christmas Tree

This Wrought Iron Ornament Display Christmas Tree ($78, originally $112) is traditional-tree-meets-tabletop-ornament-tree. Keep your ornaments as the centerpiece without having your cat climb up to the top.

Winter Wonderland Paper Trees
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Winter Wonderland Paper Trees

Instead of one traditional tree, try decorating your house in out-of-reach spots with multiple mini trees, like these Winter Wonderland Paper Trees ($56-$70).

Beaded Wood Christmas Tree
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Beaded Wood Christmas Tree

Any cat that can climb this Beaded Wood Christmas Tree ($185-$225) honestly deserves praise for their triumph.

Spira Small Christmas Tree
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Spira Small Christmas Tree

Showcase all your ornaments out of your cat's reach with the Spira Small Christmas Tree ($152).

LED Ornament Tree
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LED Ornament Tree

Want a tabletop tree but don't want to sacrifice the lights? This LED Ornament Tree ($40, originally $50) is the perfect combo.

Luxury Square Cat Tree
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Luxury Square Cat Tree

Give your cat their own mini tree this year with this Luxury Square Cat Tree ($114, originally $165), and decorate it with some cat-toy ornaments!

Wooden Christmas Tree
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Wooden Christmas Tree

This Wooden Christmas Tree ($308-$370) is cat-friendly and it can fit in even the smallest of spaces.

Brown Fir Artificial Christmas Tree
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Brown Fir Artificial Christmas Tree

This Brown Fir Artificial Christmas Tree ($76, originally $118) is giving us Charlie Brown Christmas vibes. Maybe your cat will agree and show it mercy.

Alternative Oak Christmas Tree
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Alternative Oak Christmas Tree

This Alternative Oak Christmas Tree ($131-$540) gives the same fullness of a traditional tree.

Artificial Christmas Tree
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Artificial Christmas Tree

Hang this Artificial Christmas Tree ($51, originally $54) on the wall and forget about the fact your cat has ever even climbed a Christmas tree at all!

Gold Metal Ornament Stands
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Gold Metal Ornament Stands

Keep it simple with these Gold Metal Ornament Stands ($90 for two) on the dining room table, coffee table, or entryway table.

Waterfall Christmas Cone Tree Lights
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Waterfall Christmas Cone Tree Lights

Set up these Waterfall Christmas Cone Tree Lights ($40) outside and your cat won't even have a chance at climbing them!

Christmas Tree Pet Designer Cave
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Christmas Tree Pet Designer Cave

If you don't want to sacrifice your tree, this Christmas Tree Pet Designer Cave ($85, originally $90) might distract your cat long enough to make it through the holiday season.