One of the things that make Christmas trees extra special and beautiful come Christmas are the Christmas lights. However, many pets (especially cats and puppies) are attracted to your Christmas tree for the wring reasons- they want to chew the crap out of your Christmas lights, which can be dangerous to your home and pets and certainly frustrating. Here are ways to keep pets from chewing on your Christmas tree lights.
Bitter apple works wonderfully to deter cats especially from chewing on electrical cords, and Christmas tree lights are no exception. You can purchase a bitter apple spray at any pet store, and depending on the brand, this bitter apple spray is fairly cheap, averaging $4 a bottle. Simply spray your Christmas tree lights and cords prior to plugging them in, and the taste will deter your cat from your Christmas tree lights and any electric cord you spray. This bitter apple spray even keeps my cat away from the Christmas tree entirely, an added bonus.
Balling up and securing with a twist tie any hanging Christmas tree lights helps to keep dogs and puppies at bay. What they cannot see, they are not tempted by. Bitter apple spray is distasteful to dogs as well, so keeping your Christmas tree light cords bundled up and out of sight is a great way to deter pets, and the bitter apple spray is a great deterrence if they are still intrigued by your lights after you bundle them up.
Placing a car freshener in a strong odor (such as Pine) under the tree is a great deterrent for pets near the electrical outlets. The strong odor is irritating, so while it makes your tree smell fresher, it makes the items surrounding the tree smell more offensive, so this will keep your pets away from underneath the tree and away from the electrical outlets for the Christmas tree lights. Even placing a rag with lemon juice on it, or vinegar or peppermint (which is strong in pets’ noses) near the base of the tree distracts even curious puppies from going too close.
Use electrical tape to tape long strings of Christmas tree lights to the walls, so if your pets go under the tree they don’t unplug the cords and knock the tree over. An unplugged string of Christmas tree lights can become a favored chew toy, so secure (or once again, ball up securely) long strings of excess Christmas tree lights to the walls.
Most pets won’t go near contact paper placed near the Christmas tree lights. After getting a paw or nose stuck to the sticky paper, a curious critter won’t be willing to try sniffing too close again. For me, Even just placing a ball of boxing tape in a sticky circle on the carpet is enough to send my dog away. Her nose lifts the harmless tape off the floor and she doesn’t go near the outlets again out of pure distaste for the tape.
These tricks work well, and you can try one or many to keep your pets away from your Christmas tree lights and tree in general. I have had great success with the bitter apple spray (spraying vinegar works as well, but has to be applied more often) to keep my pets out of my Christmas tree lights.