16 Brilliant Ways Pet Owners Are Protecting Their Christmas Trees

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It's the most wonderful time of the year, until it's not. 

Christmas is such a magical time until the tree is knocked over, your pet gets tangled in the Christmas tree lights, and all the presents are ripped to shreds.

But pet owners are a creative bunch, and learn every year how to protect their Christmas trees better from their curious animals. Here are a few things we've learned from fellow animal lovers who have thought ahead of the madness this year.

1. Just put it on the ceiling...

ceiling christmas tree

2. Protect the tree at all costs.

Lite tidigt? 🤔 #catproof #christmastree @clasohlsonsverige

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3. In a dog cage works, too. 

cat-proof christmas tree

4. Or fenced in. 

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5. This is genius...

Our dog keeps eating ornaments. This is our solution. from funny

6. Simple is sometimes better. 

7. Simple can also be translated as bare. 

#meow #catprooftree

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8. A cactus might be a good alternative. 

9. Or you could just have the tree outside. 

How Californians do Christmas! Ha. 🌵🎄#CactusChristmasTree #CactusChristmas #ChristmasinCali #SD #Oceanside

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10. The tree could just be totally off limits. For everyone. 

It's done!!! Our dog proof tree🌲🌲🌲#christmas #christmastree #baddog #dogproof #familyfun #tistheseason

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11. Hanging it on the ceiling works.

Our cat proof Christmas tree. Notre arbre de Noël anti attaques de chat. #cat #tree #christmastree #catproof #catprooftree #catproofchristmastree #arbredenoel #arbreprotege #chat

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12. Or put it on the wall...

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13. Saran wrap is most definitely cat proof.

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14. You could go super minimal and skip a real tree completely...

15. Or you could just give in and let the cat win by decorating the scratching post. 

Cat Christmas tree is up! #catproof? LOL #fairylights #tinsel #ilovemycats #thecattreeistoobig

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16. A bare tree lacking lower branches does seem to work best...

CAN ANYONE ELSE RELATE TO THIS? #crazycats #sillycat #catproof #catproofchristmastree #catsofinstagram

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Cat owners have been known to put cat repellents like peppermint oil or Tabasco sauce on the tree branches. You could also sit by the tree with a spray bottle and get them every time they show interest.

We wish you all the best of luck as the tree goes up and the decorations are hung.

Hopefully this will be a crisis-free Christmas and holiday season!

Has your pet ever knocked down the Christmas tree? Tell us in the comments! 

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16 Brilliant Ways Pet Owners Are Protecting Their Christmas Trees