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will having kittens guarantee a ruined tree ?

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TequilaMockingMagpie Sat 01-Dec-12 07:14:11

We have four month old kittens , who are very cute and lovely by the way but we normally have a six foot Christmas tree covered in loveliness .

Will they try and be the fairy ?

We would normally put the tree up on the 2nd weekend but this year I am thinking maybe the later the better .

Any tips ?

FreckledLeopard Tue 11-Dec-12 15:08:15

Touch wood our two kittens haven't done more than play 'bat the bauble' - am hoping this is the extent of the Kitten Theme Park.

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 11-Dec-12 15:05:44

Mine sits just out of my view behind the tree and rustles it like he might be about to remove baubles etc then peeks under the branches when I shout at him like "what? I'm just innocently sitting here" with a hurt/confused look on his face.

We removed the angel hair, we had it at the base and dh spent ages arranging it then the cat made a bed out of it.

EasilyBored Tue 11-Dec-12 15:01:17

Your Ornaments Are History

EasilyBored Tue 11-Dec-12 14:58:54

Mine eats the angel hair, and likes to pull the tinsel off and make a bed out of it. I found some baubles over the summer that he must have knocked off and hidden away. This year I am locking the tree in the conservatory, to protect it from the cat and the baby.

MrsGrumps Tue 11-Dec-12 14:15:27

To my surprise my 8 month old boys have shown zero interest in the christmas tree so far.

Jinxed that now haven't I!!!!

travellingwilbury Tue 11-Dec-12 13:56:11

Oh bugger labouche , mine our still being pretty good , a few baubles knocked on the floor but other than that they are behaving .

StuffezLaBouche Mon 10-Dec-12 18:39:47

Right. I have admitted defeat. The tree has come down!!! sad

Kitten could not see past it being a giant, flashing kitten's theme park. Every night I have come home to find it on its side and guilty looking boy next to it.

Came home tonight though to find him chewing on the bulbs and decided to take it down and take it into school for my kids to put up in the class room.

As well! You live and learn.

sausagesandwich34 Sun 09-Dec-12 20:17:04

my cat never bothers with the tree -he was 4 months the first christmas and he ignored it

he will sit under it but has never played in it

monsterchild Sun 09-Dec-12 20:16:47

Yes, they will go bonkers. Mine did, anyway. I suggest everything others have said, no tinsel, and if possible (and a real tree) tie it to the ceiling. We lost a good number of ornaments that year. Now they are old it's not as bad, so there's hope!

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 09-Dec-12 20:13:31

Our tree is being decorated by DH while fluffy cat is supervising, he chews the ends of pre lit branches so most nights you hear one of us shouting "no stop that".

Electrocution is never good.

travellingwilbury Sun 09-Dec-12 18:23:25

The tree has been up for three hours and so far so ignored , fingers crossed it lasts but I think the mad half hour before bedtime could be interesting .

MerrythuluDestroyerofMincePies Sat 08-Dec-12 04:10:54

That is already our house, only we have two of them doing this! We have a fake tree, but somehow, they've managed to pull the branches out of their sockets. I wouldn't mind, but I struggle to get the bloody branches in, in the first place! grin

careergirl Thu 06-Dec-12 20:49:07

aw you beat me to it Morloth I was just going to link to that!!!

travellingwilbury Thu 06-Dec-12 07:00:24

Oh dear morloth , very funny but might be a bit close for comfort .

It is going up on Saturday so I will report back and let you all know how it goes .

Morloth Thu 06-Dec-12 01:09:48


Purplelooby Sun 02-Dec-12 12:24:51

Yes they will smile

When my youngest cat was a kitten, she knocked over the tree every day whilst I was at work. The key was to prop it up with bags of cat litter covered in cloth. I thought she's grown out of it until I put the tree up last night, which caused her (aged 3) and the oldest (aged 14) to chase each other around the house for an hour. Ah well, here goes again...

TequilaMockingMagpie Sun 02-Dec-12 08:58:24

Ok , so a real tree is marginally better and I need to get a water pistol to carry out Lady Marys brilliant plan grin

I am actually quite excited ti see their reaction now .

Next weekeend I think will be the day .

MrsMushroom Sat 01-Dec-12 20:28:22

My Siamese has ignored our tree completely. I am a bit dissapointed about that really. He's too dignified. But he DOES snack on the angel hair so that redeems him a bit.

SantasLittleControlGeek Sat 01-Dec-12 19:51:48

Kittens + trees (fake or real) definitely = mayhem, chaos and almost guaranteed broken things. My two were three months last Christmas and just couldn't bear to leave our trees alone (we have three in a cluster). I was hoping they might have grown out of it by now but I have a feeling at least one of them is going to have reverted to being a kitten again within seconds of the tree going up.

mrsmushroom at least that cat fitted in with the colour scheme - no harm leaving him there for a bit like a moving ornament grin

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 01-Dec-12 19:14:40

Ooh that's an oven glove situation that is.

MrsMushroom Sat 01-Dec-12 19:11:30

cats and trees in the house don't mix

issey6cats Sat 01-Dec-12 19:07:52

last year my youngest cat was 1 year old so thought the tree would be safe haha after picking up the tree and rearranging the deccies on it for the tenth time in as many days and said tree looking decidely manky i took it down and gave up wont be bothering to put it up this year

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 01-Dec-12 19:04:00

Our cat only bothers with the tree if it's near a chair he can sit on to bat the baubles off.

Lazy bugger.

Had two five month old kittens last Christmas and they were so unimpressed with the tree, it was heart rending. I wanted kittens frolicking in it and causing mayhem, which is no doubt why they didn't bother.

LadyMaryCrawley Sat 01-Dec-12 18:18:14

You need Operation Bauble!

1. Manoeuvre undecorated Tree in to pre-agreed co-ordinates whilst Cats out on other missions.

2. Ensure Tree remains undecorated.

3. Establish base camp on sofa. Troops to feed & entertain selves as they see fit.

4. Humans to be armed with Class A Anti-Cat Weapons (i.e. water pistols).

5. Ensure weapons fully operational and in range of Tree.

4. Allow Cats to infiltrate Tree room.

5. Humans to remain calm and observe Cat behaviour.

5. Class A Anti-Cat weapons to be deployed at Cats when any attempt is made to investigate/climb up tree. Humans to remain silent during weapons deployment to give Cats false intelligence that Tree is a horrid Cat-hating water-squirting Tree and leave it alone.

6. When Tree-room is cleared of all Humans and Cats, ensure Cats remain on non-Tree side of door and close door to ensure maximum Tree security during non-occupation of Tree-room (such as hours of darkness, employment etc).

7. Repeat steps 3-6 for four days or until Cats lose interest in Tree.

8. Decorate Tree. Allow Cats in to Tree-room. Maintain surveillance on Cats. Be prepared to deploy weapons. (NB - use of fairy lights on tree inadvisable as incompatible with weapons and pose danger to both Humans and Cats.)


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