Cat-proofing the Christmas tree

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Cat-proofing the Christmas tree

Updated Dec 21, 2021

Dear Cathy,

We had a Persian cat that loved to bring down our holiday tree – glass ornaments and all. Our tree was typically displayed near a window, so we hit on the idea to use high-strength fishing wire from the top of our tree to the curtain rod.  It’s synthetic and relatively invisible. Problem solved!

– Joanne, Naperville, Illinois

Dear Joanne,

Many people tie fishing line from the tree to a screw or hook in the wall or ceiling to keep the tree upright, so your curtain rod tip is right on track. You also can make the tree stand tip-proof by expanding the base. Screw the stand into 1/4-in. thick hardboard (4’x4’) with pan head machine screws.

Cathy M. Rosenthal is a longtime animal advocate, author, columnist and pet expert who has more than 25 years in the animal welfare field. Send your pet questions, stories and tips to Please include your name, city, and state. You can follow her @cathymrosenthal

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Cathy Rosenthal, CHES, CFE
Animal Welfare Communications Specialist

Cathy brings more than 25 years' experience in the animal welfare field. She is a sought-after speaker, Certified Humane Education Specialist, a syndicated pet advice columnist, an author, a publisher, and of course - a loving pet parent.

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