The Perfect Christmas Tree for Pet Owners

Here are the easiest ways to pet-proof your Christmas tree this holiday season.

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‘Tis the time of year to gather with family, decorate the Christmas tree, and then watch said decorated tree eaten/scaled/played with/tipped over and possibly destroyed by your beloved pets. While it may be a cute photo opportunity, it can also wreak havoc on your nerves and give you a never-ending sense of dread that you’ll come home to destruction in the form of broken ornaments and a tangle of tinsel. (We know you’re thinking, my cat will just climb right up the trunk. Well, at least they won’t be pawing at and laying beneath the tree chewing on ornaments.)

Luckily, Christmas-tree makers have¬†created a solution to prevent your Christmas tree cat-astrophes: parasol half-trees. With branches only at the top, pawing low-hanging ornaments, gnawing on branches, and toppling the tree will be nearly impossible for your pets. Don’t want to spend money on a half-tree? Don’t fret! There are some easy hacks to make your own pet-proof semi-tree.

Go With an Artificial Christmas Tree

Opt for an unlit fake tree with hooked construction branches. That way you can assemble only the top and wrap some garland around the “trunk” to create a full-foliage effect. Artificial trees can also be a healthier alternative for your cat or dog because real fir trees are known to be mildly toxic to them.

Find Your Shears

If you can’t part from a real tree, then find your favorite one and trim the bottom half of its branches. You can do this quickly and painlessly with a pair of pruning shears or loppers.

Get Creative

Unconvinced a half-tree will prevent Milo from making his evergreen climb? Can’t imagine having just one part of the tree on display? Try securing your tree using fishing line. It will be nearly invisible and will anchor the tree so it won’t tip over. If you have a flair for the non-traditional, then you can always experiment with one of these ingenious tree alternatives.

No matter what you decide to do to pet-proof your house this season, remember that it’s the season of giving. If you really want to spoil your pet while taking away its playground, try making their present this year! A hand-made gift is more meaningful, after all.

Hannah Louise
I help people tell stories, whether that's about themselves, their company, or their product. Every project I take on has one priority: make sure the audience connects with the content. I've fine-tuned this skill over the past decade by creating content for audiences from C-suites to new hires in organizations large and small. I launched my career as a generational keynote speaker (think dispelling myths about Millennials/Xers/Boomers) and worked my way to being a principal of a consulting firm and published author by writing, presenting, and editing books, blogs, white papers, and research analysis. I bring my values of collaboration, humility, and research-driven strategies to everything I do. I'm also a cat owner, coffee enthusiast, and new home owner (you know, your stereotypical Millennial traits.)