Yep, despite my protestations (Christmas decorations and ads should not go up after Thanksgiving — am I right?), it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And whether you put up a Christmas tree or Hanukkah bush, cats can pose a problem, both to themselves and your tree and ornaments.

We’ve tried tying the tree to the ceiling. I can still hear the cats laughing over that one. In recent years, with a geezer cat and two didn’t show much interest in the tree, it had ceased to be a major problem. That will change this year in the form of Banzai. This kitten sees EVERYTHING as a toy be jumped on, climbed up or scurried beneath. And OH! How he loves sparkly things! Behind this angelic face lurks a hooligan.


So Christmas Tree Defender might be just the thing to thwart him.

Here’s how it works:

Despite Banzai’s frequent slides into hooliganism, he’s always willing to help out around the house, so when I opened up the Christmas Tree Defender box,he begged me to let him assemble it. First, he carefully read the directions:


Then he helped snap the four wedge-shaped sections together.Despite the lack of opposable thumbs, he’s quite handyl.


…  And very thorough!


Once assembled, you can start customizing it for your tree. The spines can be easily snipped with scissors to accomodate any size of trunk. Same with the outside — just snip to match your tree’s diameter, and snap it onto the tree 18″-24″ from the floor. It provides a barricade over which cats cannot climb, so they can’t topple your tree. No more trying to MacGyver a way to tie the tree to the ceiling!
We don’t yet have a Christmas tree, so Banzai can’t pawticipate in a live demo, but you’ll be the first to see him give it a live workout!
As we look ahead to this holiday season with a kitten, a teen-aged cat, and a 24-lb cat, we look forward to seeing whether the Christmas Tree Defender will keep my Radko ornaments and our Star Trek ornament collection intact. We always have a tall tree to take advantage of the space pictured below (dunno what we’re gonna do with that piano this year), and the taller the tree, the more enticing it is to climbing cats. I know it will be singing “Stairway to Heaven” to Banzai.
But the best thing about the Christmas Tree Defender is that is offers year-round fun. Buckaroo and Banzai had raucous afternoons batting at each other from opposite sides, and Banzai liked dragging it across the room in his mouth. I just hope it survives until Christmas!


Where to Buy Christmas Tree Defender

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THE FINE PRINT: The kind folks at Chrismas Tree Defenders provided me with the product free of charge, so that Banzai could assemble and play with it prior to getting a tree. This is a paid post.