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