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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-18-2002, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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As most of you know, my first Kitty Christmas has been entertaining to say the least. So far 7 bulbs ahve been broken and this is insane! We spend most of ou tinme and their time locked in the bedroom to keep them happy and us happy and them ourt of our tree. If we are in the living room kitchen area we have to keep the Christmas tree lights off, because somehow like mosquitos drawn to bug zappers this drives them more insane. I mean I thought it would be bad but this is nutso!


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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-18-2002, 03:23 PM
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Are your lights the blinking kind? I've never had this many problems with cats. Then again our cats when I was little were mainly outside cats. When they did get to come in they were well behaved. They may have investigated the tree, but we never had them break anything or climb very high, and we had tall trees 18-20 ft.


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ROFL, Capn they are kittens it is completely normal for them to investigate.

We have a 8 month kitty that climbed into our tree the other night and knocked it over breaking over half of the bulbs on it. I will admit I was very upset, some of the bulbs were my grandparents (older then me) and some of them were one hubby and I have collected over the 20 years we have been together. Our kids first baby ornaments that my grandmother had made were the only glass to not get broke. So here we are with over $100.00 on new ornaments and lights and a locked up kitty at night. Our 10 year old cat never bothered the tree after his first Christmas he looks at it and moves on.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-18-2002, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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I hope we will be that lucky. I made it worse on myself, I gave them some catnip on a few toys which sparked this crazy cat flip out resulting in the last bulb being broke! Hopefully maybe next year when they are both over a year old their badness will be slightly less.


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It definatley helps to get a tree that can be tied down to a table. And tied securely. And plastic ornaments are a big help. We learned about tying the tree down one year when Kitty (that was her name) was climbing in the tree. My mom heard a crash and went to check. The tree was coming down the hallway to meet her with a very scared Kitty tangled up in the tree.

There after our tree was always securely tied dow. Think protecting the tree from a two year old human in terms of ornament placement too.

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We have fishing line coming off of it twice to protect it and I swear there are no bulbs on the bottom, and all glass bulbs are higher up, but they are like magicians getting up there and wreaking havoc on my lovely little tree!


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LOL Capn sounds like you have some very inergetic kitties.Mine were always fasinated by the tree but never bothered it.but they did like to pull the lights off my bar that I hung.


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We have an artificial tree that looks umbrella like from underneath. Our old cat used to lay under it and just stare up as if he was trying to figure out what the heck kind of tree that was. Plus we have fake bird ornaments and I think he was just waiting for one of them to fly off so he could grab it.

As far as your cats calming down as they grow up.......good luck. My mom's Bengal is 2 and he's still a nut case. He has to be locked in another room while the tree is up, and we even have it nailed to the floor AND wired to the wall.


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Ugh Scarlette! Don't say that! I was really hoping because this year they were so bad!


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Cats and trees just go together. I've come home from work many times (when I worked and when I had more cats) to find the tree laying on the floor and several very innocent looking cats looking at me and, I'm sure, mentally shrugging their shoulders. The same thing would happen to Erin's tree downstairs. Every year we threatened to get rid of the cats. Now we're down to one cat and we don't bother with a tree. I don't think either of us actually won, it just happened that way!

Our tree at times had no lights, ornaments,etc., from about waist-high down, to no avail.

Learn to laugh at it. That's the best you can do.

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