Experts warn pet owners not to follow social media trend of scaring cats off Christmas trees



Pet experts weigh in on how to prevent cats from attacking Christmas trees after a trend of TikTok Videos being released.

The trend involves people using their trees for scare their cats in the hope of keeping cats away once decorated. While many TikTokers say it works, it’s pretty cruel and traumatic for cats. Fear is not a human way to stop animals from destroying household items. Fortunately, pet experts have more tips for cat owners.

Sarah wooten, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Pumpkin Pet Insurance, said: “While it can be effective in keeping your cat away from the holiday decor, it is not recommended to scare it off from the Christmas tree. This strategy will create conflict in your relationship with your cat, which can lead to additional behavior or bonding issues down the road. [Scaring cats] can also create fear and anxiety which can lead to behavioral or medical problems, such as aggression redirected to other people or pets, stress diarrhea, stress cystitis (inflammation of the lining of the body). bladder which can lead to painful or bloody urination) and improper elimination, or urinating or defecating anywhere in the house other than the litter box.

Other experts have come up with alternative options to prevent cats from destroying Christmas trees. Many have advised cat owners to create more interesting diversions, like boxes, wrapping paper, and other new things to play with.

The holidays bring a whole new assortment of interesting things, and cats are naturally curious. Instead of trying to punish this natural behavior, it’s best to just give them their own Christmas items to explore.

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