Kittens in a Christmas tree

How to Pet Proof Your Christmas Tree

December 2, 2019

A house isn't a home without a pet or pets. But the holidays can be a big challenge with out of town visitors, lots of food around, and holiday decorations. I have two cats and there are certain measures I need to keep them safe and to keep my Christmas tree upright.

My cats love the Christmas tree. They love to lay under it, play with the ornaments, and climb the tree. That's not my cat in the video below, but a funny one I found online.

So what can you do to pet proof your Christmas tree this year?

1. Anchor the tree to the wall: We use some pretty heavy fishing line to anchor the tree in two different spots on the wall. That way if your pet climbs the tree, it's less likely they will bring it down.

2. Put breakable ornaments and decor higher up: Leave the cheap plastic ornaments at the bottom that way if they are chewed on or kicked off the tree they won't be breakable.

3. Use a pet defender: It's a product they sell online and at places like Walmart that puts a pet proof barrier on the bottom of the tree.

4. Skip the tinsel: Garland is fine, but those thin, long pieces of tinsel are easy for pets to ingest and no one needs a trip to the vet over the Holidays.

5. Use only pet safe plants or fake ones for decor: You can find out what plants aren't safe for pets here!

6. Don't use spray on snow in areas where your pet can access. Use cotton balls or dried babies breath instead.

I am definitely going to follow all of these tips plus use something called a Christmas tree box this year. It's a box for the base which makes it harder for the tree to get knocked over by a pet or baby! I need to be prepared for both this year.