**Guest post from Tina C.**
Decorating for the holidays has always been fun and challenging for me, but having a cat really adds to the challenge. How do I keep my precious antique ornaments and knick-knacks from being broken? How high is high enough out of reach for the garland? Most importantly, how do I keep the cat out of the Christmas tree?
There are many opinions out there with how to deter a cat from knocking over the Christmas tree. Most of them include how to attach the tree to the ceiling with fishing line, how to duct tape the tree to the tree stand, or how to clamp that wire ornament hanger onto the branch so tightly it will not come off anytime in the next 50 years. These ideas are for those that have given up and are simply trying to minimize the damage. But why even let it get so far?
Here’s my secret to keeping the cats completely away from Christmas tree and other decorations: oranges!
Step 1: Grab an orange.
Step 2: Peel carefully.
Step 3: Enjoy your snack *Slurp*.
Step 4: Take those orange peels and place a few around the base of the tree. Put some more behind the Church in the winter land display on the table. Don’t forget to put a couple up on the mantle where the stockings are hung.
Step 5: Enjoy the nice citrusy smell and chuckle to yourself that you have outsmarted the cat again.
What’s the trick? Cats aren’t fond of citrus smells. Naturally, they will avoid locations that they don’t like. Simply replace the peels every couple of days. Get your whole family to help! The best part is; you don’t even have to use the word “healthy” when you hand your teenager an orange and ask him to help you out with the decorating.
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