😺 Take the cat personality test NOW


Terrifying tangerines: Owner's cunning trick to keep cat away from Xmas tree

Owner keeps kitty away from tree with tangerines cat-wow
© Irene Olocco - Facebook

If kitty has decided that your Christmas tree is either their own personal toilet or their new scratching post, this handy tip from a cat owner in Italy might help.

By Natasha James

Published on the 15/12/2019, 09:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:36

“Are we inside or outside, human?”

We can understand why suddenly bringing a huge tree into the middle of our homes might be a bit confusing for our pets. Suddenly what was always on the outside is now on the inside, the lines are bound to get a little blurred.

But, if you've been trying to keep your kitty away from the Christmas tree without success, then we have a great new tip, courtesy of a savvy cat owner from Italy.

Keeping the tree beautiful

Irene Olocco, from Turin, took to social media to share a picture of her adorable moggy, JoJo Grassojo, next to a beautiful tree. Around the bottom of the tree though, was something a little unexpected, a ring of tangerines!

In a post on facebook, she explained:

'My cat is afraid of tangerines, so I've created a force field to protect the Christmas tree.' 


My cat is afraid of tangerines, so I've created a force field to protect the Xmas tree...

Posted by Irene Olocco on Friday, December 6, 2019

The post has gone down a storm with fellow cat owners on Facebook and has had more than 53,000 shares.

The little cat is curled up in the corner close but not too close to the tree. We think she’s trying to work out a way to access the decorations without activating the citrussy forcefield!

Cats and citrus

Cats are known to dislike citrus smells and the strong scent from the tangerines seems to be keeping little JoJo at bay and the tree safely decorated.

Savvy owners have long used citrus fruits and peelings on other houseplants to prevent them from becoming their feline's, ahem, personal litter tray.

Many cat owners haven't been quite so lucky though, take a look at this hilarious video of a cat in a tree that we found online.


A post shared by Josie ??? (@josie_the_ragdoll_cat) on