By Dr. Marty Becker
A rescue kitty named Thriller helps her owner decorate for the holidays.Q. Help! My cat won't leave the Christmas tree alone. How do I keep him out of the tree?
A. It's generally best to set up the tree so your cat can't get to it at all. With dogs, you can usually block off a tree with a fold-up children's play yard or a canine exercise pen, but a normal cat will laugh at so feeble an attempt to contain him. Instead, set up the tree in a room with doors you can close, choosing, say, a formal living room over a more open family room, so it's easy to deny access to the tree when you're not around. You could also try making a "moat" of foil around the tree - cats hate walking on the stuff - but that may understandably not appeal to you as part of your holiday decor.
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