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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-14-2007, 07:22 AM Thread Starter
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Help Gracie become friends with Xmas tree!

Gracie was very unimpressed when the christmas tree came out of the loft in a noisy plastic bag and she was even more unimpressed when her silly humans started to create a tree covered in lights, tinsel and baubles and then left it in the living room!

The tree has been up for a week and we cannot let her be in the room without her attempting to knock the tree over. I don't mind her stealing the baubles (they are turning up everywhere - more behind the TV then on the tree!) I don't mind her playing tug of war with the tinsel. I am scared and shout at her when she starts chewing on the lights and it serves her right when the tree falls and makes her jump!

I cannot relax in the evenings anymore!

How can I make her accept the tree and most importantly how do I get her to stop chewing the fairy lights?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-14-2007, 11:03 AM
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Buy a spray called "bitter apple" or something similar (stops pets from chewing, I use it on my houseplants) and spray the tree with it. A few tastes of that nasty-tasting stuff and she'll stop trying to eat it.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-17-2007, 12:12 PM
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Just and FYI, Tinsel can be very dangerous if ingested. It is on a list I found of holiday dangers for pets. I think the list was posted here at one time.

I am assuming it is a fake tree if it was in the attic. With mine I put sand bags on the base, under the tree skirt to keep the cat from tipping it over. Look for something called “tube sand” at you local garden center. If not regular bags of sand work fine, but you may want to put the unopened bags in some old pillowcases to prevent a mess. At the bottom of the tree I only put ornaments which can’t break and look relatively cat safe. My cat tends to leave wires alone, but I still bind the wires together with zip ties and unplug the tree when I am not around. Occasionally she will lie under the tree and swat at the ornaments
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-18-2007, 12:35 AM
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Yes, watch out for the tinsel because it can get blocked inside of a cat. I know my cat Sugar loves eating tinsel & I knew she was eating it because she pooped it out

As for the light chewing, you can try the Bitter Apple but if that doesn't work, it might not be a bad idea just doing trimmings & ornaments on the tree without the lights
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-18-2007, 07:07 AM Thread Starter
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She appears to be getting a bit better now. The poor tree is hysterically decorated now - all the lights, tinsle and baubles are now at the top of the tree with nothing at the bottom! Just got to get her to stop attacking her wrapped up present now (I think it smells of something good!)
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-20-2007, 01:34 PM
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We've been having the same trouble with our cat - she just refuses to leave the Christmas tree alone. Thankfully she hasn't tried to knock it over or climb it (yet...). I really don't understand what could be so appealing about chewing on the branches though, maybe the sound it makes? I certainly wouldn't think it would taste good! I'm still very concerned that she'll swallow some of the fake needles, but nothing seems to be working. Still haven't been able to find bitter apple spray though, so can't say whether that would have any effect.

Our tree actually looks ridiculus. For the last week and a half we have had an undecorated tree in an effort to simplify the matter. I finally broke down last night and added about 20 unbreakable wooden ornaments. Basically, it's still so bare that it looks like we just have an evergreen growing in our livingroom for no apparent reason
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