Yes, you can hang ornaments higher on the tree. But you know the cat is still going to get to them.
And how many packages will the dog trample trying to get a drink of water from the Christmas tree stand?
Before you go out and buy a pricey spray to repel your furry family members, try one of these suggestions:
1. Many pets hate the smell of menthol, so try putting some Vicks Vaporub on a cotton ball or in a pine cone and placing it in the branches or around decorations.
2. And that citronella oil you used to repel mosquitoes might work the same way with your cat. Put some on the tree skirt to keep gifts safe from sharp claws.
3. According to howstuffworks.com, dogs think the smell of citrus is “horrendous.” Hanging orange or lemon slices on the tree can make a useful ornament, or fill a bowl with fruit and place it nearby. This likely will also repel cats, according to petcarerx.com.
4. Cayenne peppers won’t hurt your pet, but they will irritate its eyes, nose and throat. Consider sprinkling cayenne pepper in your potpourri or use an ornament hook to hang a few on your tree. If cayenne doesn’t work, try chili or jalepeno peppers.
5. A moth isn’t the only creature that doesn’t like the smell of mothballs, according to canidae.com. Don’t leave them where a dog might eat them, however. You can get creative and turn mothballs into snowman ornaments and hang them on the tree.
If you, too, have a strong sense of smell and can’t stomach pepper or mothball aroma, there are other tricks you can try to keep your tree and decor safe.
1. According to petsafe.net, many pets dislike the feel of aluminum foil. Try spreading it under the tree to keep your pooch off the presents.
2. Those tacky mats you use to keep a rug from slipping might keep your cat from exploring around the tree. Buy a few in festive colors and place them where they will deter your pet.
3. Because cats dislike sticky surfaces that pull their toe hairs, consider putting clear, double-sided tape on the tree skirt or around decorations.
4. For a more festive deterrent, place pine cones on packages and around the tree. Most pets will avoid the discomfort of stepping on one.
Looking for more ideas to make this a great holiday? Check out the AJC’s Atlanta Winter Guide. In addition to dining options and gift guides, you’ll find:
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