Cats and Christmas trees: Why pet experts say you shouldn’t scare felines away – Fox News

Some cat owners are scaring their furry pets with Christmas trees as a way to protect festive decorations, and they’ve been posting their results on TikTok.

Becca Richards is one of many TikTokers who have tested out this tree preservation hack. Her video from Nov. 28 has racked up more than 33.1 million views and shows her startling her cat Stella by pointing the large tree at the feline.

“I saw a TikTok saying that if you traumatize your cat with your tree before putting it up they will leave it alone,” Richards’ video said.


Richards has uploaded follow-up videos letting her followers know that Stella is “fine” and hasn’t touched the Christmas tree. 

Other TikTokers have documented themselves chasing cats around with their trees and many report achieving similar results, but pet experts say this method isn’t the best solution.

“While possibly effective for keeping your cat away from the holiday decor, scaring your cat away from the Christmas tree is not recommended,” Pumpkin Pet Insurance’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Sarah Wooten told Fox News. “This strategy will create conflict in your relationship with your cat, which can lead to additional behavioral or bonding problems down the road.”

She continued, “[Scaring cats] may also create fear and anxiety that can result in behavioral or medical problems, such as redirected aggression toward other people or pets, stress diarrhea, stress cystitis (inflammation in the bladder wall that can result in painful or bloody urination), and inappropriate elimination, or urinating or defecating anywhere in the house other than the litter box.”


Instead of using fear to control your cat’s behavior, Wooten suggests cat owners provide an alternative space where cats can spend time and stay occupied.

Some cat owners are scaring their furry pets with Christmas trees as a way to protect festive decorations, and they’ve been posting their results on TikTok.

Monica Freden-Tarant, the director of feline lifesaving at American Pets Alive! – a national education and outreach program for the Austin Pets Alive! shelter said scaring cats away from Christmas trees “is ill-advised.”

“Your cat will simply associate the frightening behavior with you, their trusted owner instead of the innocuous tree,” Freden-Tarant told Fox News. “By following this holiday suggestion, you are much more likely to fracture your relationship with your cat than save a single ornament.”

If cat owners feel that their Christmas trees need protection, Freden-Tarant said placing tinfoil around the base of a tree is an effective deterrent that won’t “harm your relationship” with your pet.


Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Emi Eaton told Fox News that “cats are naturally curious” and “the holiday season provides many opportunities for exploration and investigation.”

She added that there’s …….


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Pets for adoption – Arizona Daily Star

Story: Kris Kringle is a handsome, blue-eyed Seal Point Siamese male who needs a new home for Christmas. He is a healthy boy whose family hated to part with him, but he did not get along with other cats, so needs to be your only feline.

Fee: $45, includes neuter, shots, and microchip

Contact: The Animal League of Green Valley, 1600 W. Duval Mine Road, Green Valley, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. daily (not open Christmas day); 520-625-3170 or

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Crews douse North Park fire, revive two pet cats – The San Diego Union-Tribune


Crews revived two pet cats and doused a kitchen fire in a North Park apartment building late Monday morning, San Diego Fire-Rescue officials said.

The fire was reported about 11:35 a.m. on Park Boulevard north of Cypress Avenue, near North Park’s western border with Hillcrest.

Firefighters searched the apartment for victims, and came across two cats they needed to revive, Battalion Chief Erik Windsor told OnScene TV.

“Fortunately San Diego fire units have veterinary style EMS (emergency medical service) equipment on our units and they were able to use that equipment to revive the cats,” Windsor said.

He said the owner was taking the pets to…….