Most people who celebrate Christmas enjoy having a tree in their home. While this is a fun and festive way to celebrate the season, it can also spell out disaster for anyone who owns a curious cat! Here are 5 great Christmas tree alternatives that are actually cat safe – And quite amazing too!
Christmas Tree Shelf
Now this is not only cat friendly, but works amazingly well for small places! The concept is a hanging shelf that you can display seasonal décor on. You can even size it up and use it to put Christmas gifts right on it whilst keeping it safe from the cats ribbon-eating urges. Lights can also be added as well as tacked on tinsel or ornaments. You can really get creative with this one!
Catsmas Tip! Decorate each shelf with different types of cat toys in coordinating colors. You can do the traditional green and red, go for a more subtle gold and silver, or just have a multicolored masterpiece!
Ornamental Wall Hanging Christmas Tree
Some cats may actually want to put their paws on this one depending on what you use, just be sure to hang it high enough! What makes this idea neat is that you can put it just about anywhere in your home and even custom size it to fit your desired space. Missing the lights? Simply make a tree outline in a zig-zag pattern behind the wall hanger before you hang it up! Be sure to cover the plug and the outlet with something to keep the kitties from chewing the cord!
Catsmas Tip! As shown in the picture, bird ornaments look fantastic on the wooden branches. You can take this a step further by using parakeets and canary birds! You can even use hanging fish ornaments or catnip filled balls so it looks like green foliage coming from the branches!
Modernized Charlie Brown Christmas Tree
These not only look amazingly artistic but because of the tall and thin design, they are purrfect for cats! You can buy large branches that are cleaned and treated or just take to the woods and pick out your own! The idea here is to find a large broken branch that has a long stem at the bottom. The color show here is done using fabric. You can use ribbon or colored yarn just make sure it is wrapped tightly! Use the smaller branches to hang ornaments from and whatever else you would like! The base is not show here but you can fit one into a wooden crate and nail it in place very easily. Just cover it up with some fun and festive fabric!
Catsmas Tip! Small colorful toy mice can act as wonderful ornaments on this type of tree. You can use jingle balls as well! Both can be found quite cheap at a pet store. Always be sure to have any items using ornament hooks high up enough to where your cat can not reach them.
Christmas Tree Ladder
This has to be one of my favorite designs! When decorated right and with your cat in mind, this is one of the safest Christmas tree options I have seen for kitties! Make sure that the string lights are securely wrapped around the ladder and all hanging ornaments in the middle are high up enough to be out of paw’s reach! You may be tempted to use the candles as seen in the other pictures but that is a big fat no-no with kitties in the house.
Catsmas Tip! After you have chosen your place to have your ladder tree, instead of placing the gifts underneath it, put a cat bed there. Your cat will enjoy the ambiance and be the center of attention. Win-win! This will also make for some beautiful pictures.
WARNING: Be sure anything like tinsel, garland, or twinkling wires is not able to be reached. If you use it, keep it up high or contained in containers (like plastic ornaments that are sealed tight!). Be sure to vacuum the floor after working with it to pick up any loose bits that could have fallen on the floor. Most cat owners are aware of this and aware some cats like to chew/eat these materials but it is worth noting for those who are not aware.