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post #31 of 42
I found this on the internet. Sounds like the way to go about it.

How to "Cat-Proof" Your Christmas Tree


1. Buy a cardboard box big enough to hold the tree. Paint it red and yellow. Paste pictures of cats playing with toys on the box. Write phrases on the box like: "Giant very expensive cat toy." "Your cat will LOVE it!" "No cat can resist!" "Hours and hours of fun!" "Only $99,999,999.99!"


2. Bring the tree home inside the box, and round up your cats. Say, "look what mommy got you! A giant, really really expensive cat toy! You will go NUTS! I can't wait to see you play with this!"


3. Force the cats to watch you put up the tree and decorate it. If they drift off towards the cardboard box, bring them back to the tree and point at it while saying things like "you had better play with this thing, mommy spent a month's salary on it."


4. When the tree is decorated, wave some branches in their face and shout, "come on and play! Lookee here, the branches move, see? Kitty is supposed to swat at the branches and have lots and lots of fun! Hey, come back here! You come back here right now and play with this tree. See how much fun it is? HEY. I'M TALKING TO YOU. Get out of that box right now, mister. The box is NOT a toy. THIS is the toy."

If you do this with enough sincerity, your cats will avoid the tree like it was a foaming mad Rottweiler. Of course, you'll be stuck with a big ugly cardboard box in your living room all through the holidays, but it can always double as a buffet table.
post #32 of 42
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I found this on the internet. Sounds like the way to go about it.

How to "Cat-Proof" Your Christmas Tree


1. Buy a cardboard box big enough to hold the tree. Paint it red and yellow. Paste pictures of cats playing with toys on the box. Write phrases on the box like: "Giant very expensive cat toy." "Your cat will LOVE it!" "No cat can resist!" "Hours and hours of fun!" "Only $99,999,999.99!"


2. Bring the tree home inside the box, and round up your cats. Say, "look what mommy got you! A giant, really really expensive cat toy! You will go NUTS! I can't wait to see you play with this!"


3. Force the cats to watch you put up the tree and decorate it. If they drift off towards the cardboard box, bring them back to the tree and point at it while saying things like "you had better play with this thing, mommy spent a month's salary on it."


4. When the tree is decorated, wave some branches in their face and shout, "come on and play! Lookee here, the branches move, see? Kitty is supposed to swat at the branches and have lots and lots of fun! Hey, come back here! You come back here right now and play with this tree. See how much fun it is? HEY. I'M TALKING TO YOU. Get out of that box right now, mister. The box is NOT a toy. THIS is the toy."

If you do this with enough sincerity, your cats will avoid the tree like it was a foaming mad Rottweiler. Of course, you'll be stuck with a big ugly cardboard box in your living room all through the holidays, but it can always double as a buffet table.
This is excellent and so true!!
post #33 of 42
I use to decorate my christmas tree with little powered motors that I would hang crystal glass ornaments that I have collected from all over the world. It has been many many years since I have opened that box of ornaments with 6 now 7 cats in the house.

I usually purchase a real tree approximatley 12-15 feet tall. I never light the bottom limbs and all other lights on it are cool burning. The entire tree is covered in BOWS yes bows... I tie them on one at a time.

The tree itself is attached to two wall anchors that have been put in studs.

I never take my tree down before the first sat in January. My husband told me along time ago why but I forgot.

I hook up my old vcr video camera on its pedistal and record all the cats and their antics. Cheap entertainment and we find the cats love to watch the playbacks with us on the big tv in the living room. Only time I ever see my cats watching tv.

hugs menou lover

ps Never Never put icecles on a tree if you own cats. I am talking the silver onces in a box that you can drap on trees. Kittys eat them yuck not good.
post #34 of 42
We've been good so far. My tree has been up since Nov 1st (I'm in retail, so I have to get it put up early), and Miss Tigger has only played with the lowest ornament once. She loves sitting underneath the tree and jumping out at us as we walk by, but so far, she has left the tree alone....
post #35 of 42
i just recently moved in with my boyfriend who has 3 cats, abi, peaches and cream. and a few months ago i adopted another little guy i named cooper. i absolutely LOVE christmas and insisted upon him getting a christmas tree. he informed me that it wouldnt last long but i told him how bad could it be. so that night he brought home a tree, garland, lights, and some unbreakable ornaments. i opened the box and my little cooper who is only 6 months old wanted to play with the tree right then-- it wasnt even put togehter yet?!? i was like are you kidding me... its a tree? i couldnt believe it! so i put the tree together and we decided to put it on a table in the corner of the living room, we put the lights on, put the ornaments on and the cats came over looked at it and walked away. so you know how women are i decided to rub it in his face how he was wrong and i was right. so we went into the bedroom to watch a movie when i heard an ornament hit the sliding glass windows, i went outside to find one cat sleeping on the dining room table, one dashing out of the bathroom, one in the litter box, and abi no where to be found. i walked over to the tree picked up the loose ornament and put it back on the tree. Then right there staring at me was two big green eyes, abi was laying in the tree, she scared the hell outta me. i told her to get outta my tree and to lay in her little kitty bed besides it would be more comfy. i went back to tell frankie about my discovery. shortly thereafter i went back out in the other room and my cooper had all the ornaments off the tree that he must have batted around all over the house, half the garland pulled off, and he was sitting almost all the way at the top of the tree. oh goodness! maybe i should have listened to him.... later that night when we were sleeping the cats knocked the tree down, pulled the rest of the garland off, and complelty dismantled the tree- needless to say the tree is now in the bedroom where the cats arent allowed.


post #36 of 42
post #37 of 42
I have a small table top tree the girls don't bother with. But years ago when I llived at home we bought a real tree for a change (usually went with artificial). Well, our cat Sugar (indoor only cat) thought she'd christen the tree and poo'd under it .
After that it was back to artificial .
post #38 of 42
I have a 4' tall artificial tree, which my older girls, Katie and Gracie, generally leave alone once it's up. Katie's been known to try climbing it and sitting in the branches, though. Gracie's more interested in all the boxes containing the Xmas decorations.

I'm curious to see what my young ones, Peter and Claire, do with the tree this year. Last year was their first Xmas with me and they pretty much ignored the tree the first week it was up. Then, one evening, in the course of about 10 minutes, while I was doing laundry, they just went nuts. I came into the living room to find the tree tipped over, the branches bent and oranments scattered all over the place. They must have gotten it out of their systems, though, because they didn't bother it again after that.
post #39 of 42
We set the tree up and Pippin had it knocked over 10 minutes after we stepped back from getting it straight in the stand. Do we have a record here? We haven't even got out the lights and ornaments--he was maniacal over the tree alone.

At present the tree is in the garage and Pippin is in the house. When my husband gets back from a trip I'm sure he'll suggest it needs to be the other way around.
post #40 of 42
I came down one year to find tin foil on strings hanging from the tree where the choccy santas had been!!!!
post #41 of 42
I'm already planning on us having some sort of Christmas Tree disaster. Reeses is very curious and wants to get into everything. I got a plant as a Get Well gift and within 10 minutes she was chewing on it. I can only imagine that she'll chew on the christmas tree. I don't care if she knocks off a few ornaments, as long as she doesn't make herself sick trying to eat the tree, and doesn't knock it over, it'll be good. I imagine she'll probably try and rip open christmas presents too and we'll have to leave those somewhere else until christmas
post #42 of 42
this isnt about any new christmas tree disasters but since i took the tree away the kitties have found new things to get into and i thought i would share it with you guys. cooper discovered that he could chew through things like the bag of cat food so he made himself a nice size hole in the bag so he now has his own "special" feedins area. guess we're going to be getting a container for the cat food. he also chewed through the bread bag on the counter and ate the bread, and ate the sponge in the sink, and has been trying to get in the garbage, hes been so bad since i took away his tree- maybe i should just give it back and take all the ornaments off. lol any thoughts.
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