22 Christmas Tree Alternatives For Cat Lovers In 2022


22 Christmas Tree Alternatives For Cat Lovers In 2022


22 Christmas Tree Alternatives For Cat Lovers In 2022

Let’s face it, if you are a cat owner who celebrates Christmas, you probably do not get a Christmas tree. Or maybe you have mastered the art of your feline laying on his back and using dangling ornaments as his new favorite cat toy; I have not. I mean, is there anything more stressful than hearing a paw smack that family heirloom ornament you were supposed to be taking excellent care of? 

I am a big sissy, so since I chose cats over Santa, I have skipped the traditional Christmas tree. It is just too scary for me. But it pushed me to become a bit creative with some clever alternatives. This post is all about 22 Christmas tree alternatives for cat lovers and cat owners.

22 Christmas Tree Alternatives For Cat Lovers In 2022

The good mews is just because you do not have a tree does not mean you cannot enjoy a Christmas decor-filled living room. In fact, some jaw-dropping, head-turning cat-friendly Christmas decor ideas on Pinterest are utterly breathtaking.

That is pretty much the approach I took. Starting with a cat-friendly designed room that evolved into Christmas tree alternatives that work great for my feisty tuxedo cat.

Let’s get right into it!


1. Cat-Themed Christmas Wreath

Placing a cat-themed Christmas wreath in place of a tree in your living room helps to keep the space festive and cat-friendly. Though cats are curious creatures, the likelihood that your furry friend will mess with a wreath strategically placed high up on your wall is pretty low!


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2. Candy Cane Christmas Tree

Alternatively, a Christmas tree composed of candy canes might persuade your cats to knock off a candy cane or two. And the minty smell of the candy canes is unlikely to appeal to your cats unless you have a gluttonous furball on your hands. 

Literally taping candy canes on a door in the shape of a Christmas tree is an oldie but goody!

3. Christmas Cat Cave

Seen in pet stores and online, adorable plush hidey holes for your cats are Christmas-themed now. Setting one of these cat caves in the corner of your living room safely signifies that it is indeed the holiday season and is an excellent solution to having cats and Christmas in one household.


4. Christmas Tree Alternatives For Cat Lovers: Cat House

Alternatively, a Christmas cat house could be a great option for you. These are typically made of cardboard but are adorably themed and have scratching material to serve as enriching hiding spots for your cats. Like our cat cave idea, a cat house can also help replace your tree. 


5. Christmas Tree Alternatives For Cat Lovers: Wall Tapestry

Wall tapestries of Christmas trees can make a great option for those who don’t wish to have their cats mess with any physical objects. These sheets can display a Christmas tree image and are simply tacked to the wall.


6. Christmas Tree Shelves

Another option is to adorn your shelves (that are out of reach, of course) with ornaments or other Christmas decor instead of propping up a tree in your living room. This way, you can still enjoy Christmas decor, including ornaments, without fear of your cats ruining these treasured decorations.

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7. Christmas Book Tree

Some people use stacked books roughly in the shape of a tree to act as a Christmas tree placeholder. I think that this idea looks gorgeous, but if your cats are especially playful, you might risk damaging some of your books. I would say assemble this pretty alternative at your own risk. 

8. Small Fake Christmas Tree

If you worry about the height of a tree when thinking about the prospects of your cat tipping a tree over, you might want to consider a small artificial tree with plastic ornaments. Your cat might tip this tree over but you, your cats, and others are more likely to avoid injury from this occurring. 

9. A Christmas Tree Hanging from the Ceiling

Yes, really…a Christmas tree that hangs from the ceiling. There are ways to do this, and most of the tutorials are on Pinterest or YouTube. While I haven’t tried this method, I’m sure some cat lovers out there are crafty enough to try it, too! 

10. Christmas Tree Alternatives For Cat Lovers: Advent Calendar 

Another wall-hanging idea on our list is the hanging of a Christmas advent calendar on the wall. Not only does it make for a great decor piece, but it is also an interactive experience where you can mark how many days are left until Christmas. 

I was super impressed with the design and artwork on several cat advent calendars on Amazon so I pawed through a bunch and put my favorites below.

11. Wall Art Instead of a Tree

Organizing some Christmas-themed art in some extra frames that you have lying around can make for a gorgeous tree area in your home. You might even find that the “tree” area of your living room becomes a year-round feature with seasonal art!

Black cat Christmas wall art

12. Tree That Is Made of Wall Art 

Alternatively, you can arrange frames in the shape of a tree if you have enough! Children can interact with this project by coloring on sheets of paper that are then framed and become the eventual wall tree. 

13. Scratching Post Instead of a Tree 

I love this idea for a tree replacement, especially if you can find a scratching post that is green or otherwise Christmas-themed! This idea allows your cat to mess with the Christmas tree without..actually messing with the Christmas tree.

RELEVANT: Cat Scratching Posts

14. Just Hang Stockings 

If these ideas sound like too much additional work, you might consider just counting your stockings as your Christmas tree. You can pile presents up in front of a (not in use) fireplace and decorate the mantle instead!

15. Tabletop Christmas Tree 

Mini trees that are perfect for the dining room table or a side table that your cats don’t have access to are a great alternative to having a Christmas tree in the home without the risk of a giant tree falling over. They even make adorable mini-plastic ornaments for these trees!

16. Wrapping Paper Tree 

Creating your own art piece on the wall out of wrapping paper makes for a great activity and a cat-friendly tree. If you have children, they will love being able to cut shapes out of wrapping paper and decorate with you!

17. Simply Start Stacking Presents 

Speaking of wrapping paper, why not try designating a corner and filling it with presents? A large present pile filled with brightly colored holiday wrapping paper says Christmas just about as much as a Christmas tree does!

18. Designate an Existing Cat-Friendly House Plant 

Is one of your green friends up to the task? Even a fake plant could work to play Santa this year! Consider moving a plant that your cats are already used to in place of a Christmas tree. You might even be able to get away with adding some tinsel to it!

19. Christmas Table Centerpiece 

Use your table to host presents at Christmas time and invest your time and effort into creating a centerpiece that can also have its time to shine with Christmas dinner!

If you are like me, the dining room table is the best place to be at Christmas anyway! A beautiful centerpiece can be the perfect talking point or conversation starter for you and your guests.

20. Yarn Christmas Tree 

Okay…maybe this one seems like a joke entry, but leaning into the cat joke might pay off well for your decor style. Just ensure that the yarn is tightly wound and won’t come loose to tempt any furry friends. Making these looks pretty simple – with some hot glue, yarn, and wooden Christmas trees, you can have a yarn-covered centerpiece in no time. 

I personally like a simple, elegant look and hanging white yarn pompoms is one way to do it!

21. Use the Cat Tree 

Embrace the fact that you have curious climbers! Move the cat tree where you want the presents and allow your furry friends to reign over your Christmas festivities comfortably and without interruption. 

Just get it over with already!

22. Christmas Tree Alternatives For Cat Lovers: Just Hope for the Best 

Paws crossed, put up your big traditional, pine tree and pray.


This might work if you have senior cats or perhaps your felines are disabled.

Kitten parents, proceed at your own risk! I cannot even imagine, especially if you have more than one kitten……

Christmas Tree Alternatives For Cat Lovers: Conclusion

This list should have provided some ideas you can take from or got the juices flowing for your own Christmas tree alternative.

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Everything from tabletop trees, candy trees, cat houses and simple Christmas decor ideas; there really is an alternative for all cat lovers. Small space, big space, cozy space and open space; each cat parent has his own unique situation so taking into consideration your space, preference, cat personality and time to decorate are all factors to consider.

I am sticking to my own preference which is no big, huge fresh tree with bells and whistles. If I am being totally honest, I love to see that outside my own home, and enjoy less decorating when I am home. So my cat and I get along purrfectly even when it is the pawliday season.

Enjoy and as always, sending purrs and wags your way!


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