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2020-12-01 11:12:48 AM  
I just bought an 8-9 foot noble fir.  I haven't taken the mesh off of it yet but probably will this evening.  I'm expecting chaos with our 6mo old cat.
 
2020-12-01 11:20:28 AM  
Some people have tried to save their tree from prying paws.

People Found A Way To Protect Christmas Trees From Cats And Dogs
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2020-12-01 12:34:16 PM  
Pic 2: I have trouble believing the cat would ignore those glass shelves with all the knick knacks waiting to be swiped off in favor of the tree.

Pic 4: "Please, Debbie- we've had this talk before. You knew what was going to happen."
 
2020-12-01 12:37:20 PM  
My first Christmas with a cat in the house.

I've long since swapped to LED lights.

Tree has a nice stable base, and has fishing line running to a wall decoration that's screwed into a stud. That's the metal leafy thing behind the tree.

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Ornaments are all affixed to the tree by wrapping the hooks all the way around the branches. Bottom branches are all non-glass ornaments.

Kitty is not allowed to be in the living room unchaperoned. I work from home so he's not really constrained much. Toss him in my bedroom as needed.

I also keep a spray bottle handy for rapid deployment.

I decorated the mantle this year with a sweet nativity scene. But I'm not too worried about it either. For one, kitty isn't left unsupervised with it, for another, we were playing with the laser pointer a while back and he fell off the mantle. He didn't face-plant as he caught himself with the front paws, and hung there for a minute, but he hasn't even looked at the mantle since.

Pics of my totally sweet nativity:

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2020-12-01 12:49:36 PM  
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2020-12-01 12:50:11 PM  
Welp, enough work for today - what's for dinner?
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2020-12-01 1:08:24 PM  
We had a Siamese cat when I was little. He wouldn't knock over the tree since my parents tied it to the wall/staircase. Instead, he would spend all day carefully taking off the decorations and leaving them all over the house. Some in the family room in the basement, the dining room table, some in the bedroom on the second floor. He would also nicely wash all the soft ornaments with fur (think Santa's beard) and hack up hairballs around the house.

Everyday, my parents would have to come home and find the ornaments and redecorate the tree.

He was the best cat!
 
2020-12-01 1:24:03 PM  
Only one of our kitties ever tried to climb that prickly fir (yes, we had real trees with real candles, and the house still stands), and only once. She was the one who probably had some squirrel in her ancestry, as she climbed about every remotely climbable object.

For another of our kitties you simply had to make sure there was a space for him under the tree between the presents. He loved being under the tree and observing everything.
 
2020-12-01 1:25:01 PM  

UberDave: I just bought an 8-9 foot noble fir.  I haven't taken the mesh off of it yet but probably will this evening.  I'm expecting chaos with our 6mo old cat.


Update requested. With pictures, pretty please?
 
2020-12-01 2:50:17 PM  
THIS cat looks so happy:
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2020-12-01 2:59:52 PM  

bobug: THIS cat looks so happy:
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He's coming down from the zoom part of the 'nip high into the completely at one with the universe portion.
 
2020-12-01 5:56:09 PM  
I have grave concerns that Jack will add to these photos this year.

See, none of the other cats bother the tree at all.  This year, I am NOT taking out the breakable ornaments.  Just the cat friendly ones. With the cat friendly hooks.
 
2020-12-01 8:30:54 PM  

Otera: I have grave concerns that Jack will add to these photos this year.

See, none of the other cats bother the tree at all.  This year, I am NOT taking out the breakable ornaments.  Just the cat friendly ones. With the cat friendly hooks.


You'll be lucky to have a Charlie Brown tree left, after that ball of kinetic energy gets through with it :)
 
2020-12-01 10:10:07 PM  

bobug: Otera: I have grave concerns that Jack will add to these photos this year.

See, none of the other cats bother the tree at all.  This year, I am NOT taking out the breakable ornaments.  Just the cat friendly ones. With the cat friendly hooks.

You'll be lucky to have a Charlie Brown tree left, after that ball of kinetic energy gets through with it :)


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I was just trying to get a nice photo of him in the window!!!
 
2020-12-01 10:44:59 PM  
When we were kids, my grandparents had a cat that climbed the silver Christmas tree they'd had forever. Granny would tie bells on the bottom branches to alert us if the cat began to climb the tree, but the cat was clever and would wait until no one was in the room before starting her climb. When the bells began to ring, both my grandparents and all five of us kids would sprint to the living room as fast as we could. The cat was a fast climber though. Most of the time, we arrived just in time to see her clinging to the tippy-top, at star level, as the tree crashed to the floor. Granny had a large collection of blown glass ornaments that used to be common in the 1950's. Those things practically exploded when they hit the hardwood floor.
 
2020-12-01 10:49:08 PM  
When my own kids were little, we had a cat who would methodically unwrap presents every day. Each day we would rewrap the presents. The next day the cat would unwrap presents again. He would keep going until he found a cat toy or new cat bed.

We still didn't make any real efforts to keep the pets away from the tree until we got a puppy that bit the Christmas lights. Bless her heart, she would chomp a Christmas light, yelp when it shocked her, and promptly bite another one. We couldn't get her to stop. We had to buy a little fence of sorts to keep her away from the lights. Luckily, the cat was too lazy to hop it so that solved the problem of him repeatedly unwrapping the presents as well.
 
2020-12-01 11:02:05 PM  
Growing up we had a big cat that would not terrorize the tree. But, once a day he would walk by it, mutter "fark this ornament in particular", and send the ornament flying.  He would then continue about his business.

We always made sure all we put on the bottom was a couple of those ornaments that had a styrofoam center. He was happy, we were happy.
 
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