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Cats and real christmas trees..do they get along??

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idobelieveinfairies Thu 22-Oct-09 21:07:43

I have 2 cats aged 2...and have always had an artificial Christmas tree..and they do tend to attack every now and again at Christmas time.

This year i would like to get a real tree....but wonder if the cats would be more attracted to it?? and also if they are safe for cats to be around because of the needles etc??

Thanks

LittleRedCar Thu 22-Oct-09 21:08:57

Have never had a problem with the (real) tree itself, but do make sure they don't try to eat the tinsel- can be deadly sad

NancyBotwin Thu 22-Oct-09 21:09:28

If they were tiny kittens they might try to climb it but should be ok now - I would just hang any breakable baubles a bit higher up in case they knock them off

girlywhirly Fri 23-Oct-09 09:44:33

I think that you should be OK with a real tree, because they are quite prickly. However, I'd make sure it was in a heavy pot with a lot of ballast to prevent it over-balancing if they do have a go at climbing! For a cut tree, I used to saw off a couple of inches from the trunk, and stand it in a plastic bin full of gravel. It can be watered, which also adds to the weight. I always found it stable, but never had a real tree of more than 5 feet. My cats at that time were more inclined to take the odd bauble off to play with, so no glass in case they break.

Good point about the tinsel from LRC. also make sure fairylights are switched off and unplugged overnight and when you're not home, especially important where you have a tree in water.

My cat has climbed our artificial tree every year from kittenhood, now that she's 3.8 yrs and nearly 4kgs in weight I hope she'll stick to ferreting about under the tree skirt instead!

123andaway Fri 23-Oct-09 12:31:59

We get a real tree each year and Mog loves it. She abandons her normal sleeping place and curls up under the tree, usually before we've even had time to decorate it!!!!! Never had any problems with her attacking or climbing it, but she's not a particually playful cat.

Blondeshavemorefun Fri 23-Oct-09 19:22:26

trres are ok

but dont put tinsel on the tree

ats can eat and can get entwined in their tummy's sad

or sometimes it poos it out and you can see tinsel coming out of cats bum

pointyhat Fri 23-Oct-09 19:38:50

my cat has never gone for the tree (real). It bats about a bauble occasionally, and flees about the angel hair. My cat is not the brightest.

pointyhat Fri 23-Oct-09 19:39:29

I didn't realise tinsel was such a hazard.

Blondeshavemorefun Fri 23-Oct-09 19:42:21

yepsad

say no to tinsel

pointyhat Fri 23-Oct-09 19:44:44

oh but I love angel ahir

maryz Fri 23-Oct-09 19:54:03

My cats love the tree - they climb it every year! The kids redecorate every morning.

Blondeshavemorefun Fri 23-Oct-09 19:55:30

which do you love more

cat or tinsel?

GentleOtter Fri 23-Oct-09 19:58:14

Cat will adopt an Angel complex and it's sole aim will be to get to the top mauling the fairies and elves in the process.

pointyhat Fri 23-Oct-09 20:05:31

it's a tough one, blonde wink

Blondeshavemorefun Fri 23-Oct-09 20:08:45

ok

which do you prefer

tinselor your purse filled with cash

ClivetheCatfish Fri 23-Oct-09 20:09:09

She cares more about other people's cats than she does about me...

<big fishy sobs>

pointyhat Fri 23-Oct-09 20:11:19

I have pet insurance

ClivetheCatfish Fri 23-Oct-09 20:14:13

She doesn't have fish insurance.

I'm expendable.

I'll go in the bin like the last one.

in a fecking Somerfield bag.

Blondeshavemorefun Fri 23-Oct-09 20:16:04

well if you SHOWED youself clive then i might love you more

at least pointy can see her cat

ClivetheCatfish Fri 23-Oct-09 20:16:53

Who's the daddy? grin

Blondeshavemorefun Fri 23-Oct-09 20:17:36

of clive?

a HUGE catfish!!!! grin

ClivetheCatfish Fri 23-Oct-09 20:18:57

Anyway, if you cleaned my tank then you'd be able to see me.

I keep bumping my nose on that blasted 'No Fishing' sign...

Blondeshavemorefun Fri 23-Oct-09 20:21:34

YOU are meant to clean the tank

thats why i bloody brought you to replace colin (god rip his sole wink)

least he did clean the tank!!!!

ClivetheCatfish Fri 23-Oct-09 22:57:20

Clean my tank?!

Without any Marigolds?

<flounces>

Blondeshavemorefun Sat 24-Oct-09 12:56:23

hmmmmmmmmmmm

<peers into tank>

are you sure you are the REAL clive?

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