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10 Best Christmas Trees for Cats – 2024 Reviews & Top Picks

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By Nicole Cosgrove

BOLUO Tall Cat Scratching Post Toy Featured ImageCat owners understand the importance of cat-safe (and cat-proof) Christmas trees. There are enough funny videos out there to know that cats like to climb up Christmas trees, or even launch into them from across the room!

Playing in and around Christmas trees is a given for most cats. While it’s cozy and heartwarming to see our cats curled up under the tree with the presents, the reality is there might be some climbing and jumping too.

What’s the best Christmas tree if you share a home with playful cats or kittens? These reviews will cover a range of options, from traditional artificial trees to some outside-the-box choices, all with some cat-friendly features.

A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites of 2024

Rating Image Product Details
Best Overall
Winner
Vickerman 6' Natural Bark Alpine Artificial Christmas Tree Vickerman 6' Natural Bark Alpine Artificial Christmas Tree
  • Natural bark trunk for scratching
  • Flat metal stand
  • Best Value
    Second place
    Collections Etc. Lighted Christmas Wall Tree Collections Etc. Lighted Christmas Wall Tree
  • Compact size
  • Hangs on the wall
  • Economical
  • Premium Choice
    Third place
    On2 Pets Cat Tree On2 Pets Cat Tree
  • Intended for use as a cat tree
  • Natural-looking
  • Best for Kittens
    BOLUO Tall Cat Scratching Post Toy Christmas Cat Tree BOLUO Tall Cat Scratching Post Toy Christmas Cat Tree
  • Good size for kittens
  • Encourages scratching and play
  • laamei Cat Bed Christmas Tree Tent House laamei Cat Bed Christmas Tree Tent House
  • Convertible cat bed
  • Christmas tree shape and decorations
  • The 10 Best Christmas Trees for Cats

    1. Vickerman 6′ Natural Bark Alpine Artificial Christmas Tree – Best Overall

    Vickerman 6' Natural Bark Alpine Artificial Christmas Tree

    Size: 72”
    Lights: LED
    Decorations: No
    Stand: Yes

    Our pick for the best overall Christmas tree for cats is this Vickerman tree with a real wood trunk and natural bark. Your cat will enjoy scratching on the trunk, hopefully, enough to leave the ornaments alone! It has a flat metal stand for added stability.

    Pros
    • Natural bark trunk for scratching
    • Flat metal stand
    Cons
    • The tree is narrow

    2. Collections Etc. Lighted Christmas Wall Tree – Best Value

    Collections Etc Lighted Christmas Wall Tree

    Size: 41”
    Lights: LED
    Decorations: Yes
    Stand: No

    Our choice for the best Christmas tree for cats for the money is this wall-hanging tree. You can keep this tree out of reach by hanging it on the wall. It can be used in homes with pets and babies when safety is a top concern. The compact size is also good for small spaces.

    Pros
    • Compact size
    • Hangs on the wall
    • Economical
    Cons
    • Not a 3-dimensional tree

    3. On2 Pets Cat Tree – Premium Choice

    On2Pets 60-in Large Round Modern Cat Tree

    Size: 60”
    Lights: No
    Decorations: No
    Stand: Yes

    While not a traditional Christmas tree, this is a cat tree that’s sure to please any cat that wants to climb up into a tree. It’s a cat condo made to look like a real tree with leaves. It has a sturdy base and 3 levels of perches. You can add decorations for the holidays and then keep it up for your cats to enjoy all year.

    Pros
    • Intended for use as a cat tree
    • Natural-looking
    Cons
    • Not a traditional holiday tree

    4. BOLUO Tall Cat Scratching Post Toy Christmas Cat Tree – Best for Kittens

    BOLUO Tall Cat Scratching Post Toy

    Size: 31”
    Lights: No
    Decorations: Yes
    Stand: Yes

    Perfect for a playful kitten, this Christmas tree scratching post has holiday decorations and green color. Features include a stable base and natural sisal scratching area. Hanging toys and pom-poms will encourage play.

    Pros
    • Good size for kittens
    • Encourages scratching and play
    Cons
    • Not a traditional holiday tree

    5. laamei Cat Bed Christmas Tree Tent House

    laamei Cat Bed Christmas Tree Tent

    Size: 20.9”
    Lights: No
    Decorations: Yes
    Stand: n/a

    This is a cute cat bed in the shape of a Christmas tree. It can be used as a cat cave with the tree tent on during the holidays, then you can unzip and remove the tent and use the bed without the Christmas tree top part for the rest of the year.

    Pros
    • Convertible cat bed
    • Christmas tree shape and decorations
    Cons
    • Not a traditional holiday tree

    6. Jobar IdeaWorks Wall Mounted Christmas Tree, Lighted

    Jobar IdeaWorks Wall Mounted Christmas Tree

    Size: 28.25”
    Lights: Yes
    Decorations: No
    Stand: No

    This is another wall-mounted Christmas tree option. You can hang it out of the way which makes it safe for cats, other pets, and babies. It’s good for small spaces. It has battery-powered lights, and you can also add your own decorations.

    Pros
    • Compact size
    • Hangs on the wall
    Cons
    • Not a 3-dimensional tree

    7. NASKY Christmas Tree Tapestry Wall Hanging

    NASKY Christmas Tree Tapestry

    Size: 59.1”
    Lights: No
    Decorations: No
    Stand: n/a

    It will be tough for your cat to knock down this Christmas tree! This is a Christmas tree wall tapestry complete with presents and a snowy outdoor scene. It’s a good choice for pet safety as well as for small spaces. You can also use it as a tablecloth or bed covering.

    Pros
    • Safe for cats
    • Good for small spaces
    Cons
    • Not a traditional holiday tree

    8. Frisco Holiday Cat Tracks Cat Toy

    Frisco Holiday Cat Tracks Cat Toy

    Size: 10”
    Lights: No
    Decorations: Yes
    Stand: n/a

    Is it a stretch to call this cat toy a Christmas tree? Well, maybe, but it does have some Christmas tree vibes! It features 3 tiers of tracks with balls, plus two holiday-themed springy toys that you can switch or remove after the holidays.

    Pros
    • An interactive cat toy
    • Holiday style
    Cons
    • Not a traditional Christmas tree

    9. Best Choice Products 15-inch Pre-lit Hand-Painted Ceramic Tabletop Christmas Tree

    Best Choice Products 15in Pre-lit Hand-Painted Ceramic Tabletop Christmas Tree

    Size: 15”
    Lights: Yes
    Decorations: No
    Stand: Yes

    This is a tabletop ceramic Christmas tree that is cat-safe but still festive. It is hand-painted, with multicolored lights and a sturdy base. The compact size makes it a good choice for small spaces.

    Pros
    • Safe for cats
    • Lighted
    • Good for small spaces
    Cons
    • Not a traditional holiday tree

    10. HOHIYA Metal Christmas Tree Spiral Wrought Iron Ornament Display Stand

    HOHIYA Metal Christmas Tree

    Size: 84”
    Lights: No
    Decorations: Star topper
    Stand: Yes

    Your cat may want to play with any ornaments you hang on this metal tree, but the design makes climbing and jumping difficult for cats. It has a stable round metal base, and the weight is 12.57 pounds. It has a sleek and modern look.

    Pros
    • Sleek design
    • Safe for cats
    Cons
    • Not a traditional holiday tree

     

    Buyer’s Guide: Selecting the Best Christmas Tree for Cats

    Our selection of the best Christmas trees for cats might be a little quirky, but sometimes cats and traditional artificial Christmas trees don’t mix.

    When considering Christmas trees and other holiday decorations, cat owners are concerned with how cat-safe and cat-proof they are. What makes some Christmas trees better for cats than others? We’ve got some tips for you.

    Tips for Choosing a Christmas Tree for Cats:
    • A sturdy tree with an equally sturdy base is important if your cat is a jumper. It’s natural for cats to want to jump onto tall trees, but that can cause them to topple over.
    • You can add extra stability by placing your tree in the corner and anchoring it to the wall or ceiling. It also helps to keep your tree away from jumping off points like the back of the couch or a windowsill.
    • Be mindful of what types of lights and ornaments you put on your tree. If your cat likes to chew, avoid sharp or fragile ornaments and loose wires.
    • You can place ornaments, especially fragile ones, in the upper part of the tree, or skip them altogether. An alternative is to get cat-safe and unbreakable ornaments made of materials like felt and wood.
    • Most pet safety experts also recommend avoiding loose tinsel decorations as they can obstruct your cat’s gastrointestinal system when eaten. Those little metal hook ornament hangers can also be hazardous when ingested.
    • The materials that go into artificial Christmas trees are for the most part safe for cats, except for flocking. Flocking is that white stuff that looks like snow. Experts say it contains chemicals toxic to pets.
    • What about a strong real tree that’s anchored in a sturdy base? Sounds good, but many pet safety experts say that real trees can be less safe than artificial trees.
    • This is because their smells and textures might be too attractive to some cats who find them irresistible. Real trees can also shed needles that can be swallowed. You also want to make sure that your pets don’t drink the tree water in the stand.
    • You can find all kinds of artificial Christmas trees that look different enough from real trees, so your cat won’t be tempted to play around with them too much. That’s why we included wall hangings and trees made of materials like metal and ceramic.
    • We’ve also included some Christmas tree-themed scratching posts, beds, and toys. You can use these items instead of, or in addition to, traditional Christmas trees for something fun and different.
    • Place them near your tree and add a little catnip to entice your cat to play with its own kitty Christmas tree rather than yours.

    Conclusion

    We’ve covered a bunch of different cat-friendly Christmas tree options in these reviews. But they’re just a few of the many traditional and non-traditions choices when you’re thinking about Christmas trees for cats. You may prefer a tree that’s as realistic as possible, or maybe you’re willing to think outside the box to find the right tree for your home, pets, and personal style. To help you choose, here’s a quick recap of our top picks.

    We like the Vickerman natural bark tree because it just may be the perfect combination of Christmas tree and scratching post for your cat. We also like the Collections Etc. wall tree because it has the traditional Christmas tree look but you can hang it on the wall to keep it safe from playful cats.


    Featured Image Credit: BOLUO, Chewy

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