November 30, 2004

Cats and Christmas Trees

Many of you on this blog are familiar with our cat, Jasper. He's 21 pounds of cat fat surrounded by a very cushy striped coat. He's very friendly, his favorite game is "bite", which he learned as a young kitten, and overall he's a good cat.....except during the Christmas season.

Our Christmas tree was assembled and decorated on Thanksgiving day. It's a lovely tree, eight feet tall, nice and full, and covered with ornaments that have been collected over the years. We have baby shoes, kid pictures, ornaments from all over the country/world (depending on where we were stationed) and the usual ornaments handmade by the children during their elementary school years. Generally a very eclectic collection and we love them all. Jasper especially loves them.

On the morning after Thanksgiving, the lower string of lights on one side of the tree was on the floor, along with several ornaments, and the tree skirt, which is really just a white bed sheet, was ripped away from the trunk and wadded up into a heap. Jasper was sitting nearby admiring his handiwork.

Every morning since, there have been ornaments strewn around the room. This year the preferred toys are the small, embroidered felt stockings that are hanging on the lower branches. The bright, shiny red apples that usually get batted around the room were placed a little higher on the tree out of the reach of the cat. They're quite old and can't take a lot of use as soccer balls.

I always enjoy the Christmas tree. It's so pretty when the lights are turned down in the room and the lights on the tree reflect off the shiny ornaments. In the late evening they may also be reflecting off the yellow-green eyes of a fairly large cat, sitting under the tree just waiting to do his mischief.

Posted by lsegolf at November 30, 2004 04:24 PM

Christa put up her tree this year. Our cat Rascal has been chewing on it ever since. We'll catch him sneaking over there to take a bite.
He doesn't eat it, but I guess he likes the taste/smell? He is usually pretty good with the tree. He likes to sleep with the presents on the tree skirt.

Posted by: micah at November 30, 2004 08:32 PM

heh...sounds like he's being badder than normal this year. :) Scratch his ears for me.

Posted by: gabe at December 1, 2004 09:15 AM

He's been very bad this year. Rubbing his back on the lower branches and trying to snag the ornaments with his long, furry tail!

Posted by: eMom at December 1, 2004 03:39 PM

My cat pisces is a tabby and she tries to eat every ornament on our tree. Last year she got sick because she ate an entire popcorn strand. She still hasn't learned her lesson.

Posted by: Artificial Christmas Trees at October 24, 2005 10:36 PM

HELP!!! I have my first kitten, now 3 months old. I've been thinking about Christmas and putting up the tree and I'm afraid of the damage my sweet little kitty could do to all of the ornaments I've collected over the past 30+ years. Someone mentioned to me that there is a certain kind of tree cats dislike and will stay away from but they weren't sure which one it was. Anyone out there ever heard of this? Please let me know.

Posted by: Elaine at November 26, 2005 03:13 PM

I have two cats about a year old which I adopted from a shelter. They were about 4 months old when I got them so Im assuming this is their first christmas in a home. I put up my christmas tree, natural tree with just some mini-lights and now the cats wont go anywhere in my apartment where they can even see the tree. Unplugging the lights doesnt help anything... anybody know why? free my cats from the kitchen cabinet!!!

Posted by: Rich at December 10, 2006 09:39 PM


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