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Acrosstheuniverse123 Sun 03-Dec-17 09:56:51

We have a four month old kitten and have just got the christmas tree out. As I should have know, and expected, she is obsessed with the tree, climbing it, nibbling on the decorations , etc. There isn't anywhere else to put it other than to place it in a room where we won't see the tree. Or shut her out of the room all the time. Any tips? Do I say goodbye to the tree or pack it away?!! Help.

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IHeartKingThistle Sun 03-Dec-17 09:59:19

I'm going to follow this with interest as we have 2 4 month old kittens and 2 trees going up today! It's not going to go well, is it?

dementedpixie Sun 03-Dec-17 10:00:02

this is why I am waiting a couple more weeks befire getting mine out as this will be the first Christmas with my 2 cats (got them in January)

Cheguevarahamster Sun 03-Dec-17 10:01:44

Forget about the tree this year, unless you have a Trump style Mexican wall surrounding it.

When they get bigger they lose interest. (a bit...)

MumGoneMild Sun 03-Dec-17 10:03:53

Our four month old on the Christmas display with stolen tinsel.
Tree went up yesterday, shes all over it. Our four year old cat is just as bad, she likes to sit up the top with the star

Lillagroda Sun 03-Dec-17 10:06:13

When they were young enough and nimble enough for that kind of mischief, we did really small trees that they couldn’t climb up. Like a couple of feet tall and set up on a side table. And only shatterproof baubles, with a couple of sacrificial ones, usually the type that is polystyrene covered in glitter. Bead strings instead of tinsel, too, it’s safer for them and mine weren’t as drawn to them.

But yea, the destruction is swift and thorough, otherwise.

IHeartKingThistle Sun 03-Dec-17 10:06:42

We normally have a fake one and a real one. I've bought another fake one because I don't want to hoover up needles every time the kittens jump on it.

Cheguevarahamster Sun 03-Dec-17 10:06:48

My cat doing his star impression

IHeartKingThistle Sun 03-Dec-17 10:07:18

It's not going to help, is it?

KnockMeDown Sun 03-Dec-17 10:10:46

Just sayin


hazeyjane Sun 03-Dec-17 10:12:35

Avoid any bell like decorations, our 2 kept the whole house awake playing bauble football at 2 am last night.

The dds put a 2 foot tree on the chest in their bedroom last was killed overnight.

JingleBellTime Sun 03-Dec-17 10:17:42

Ours is going up later, last year our 2 were kittens and spent most of Christmas in the tree, I am hoping that we may find a way to keep them out this year.

Previous cat was in the tree every year so maybe I'm hoping too much.

Both my friends with cats never have this problem

IHeartKingThistle Sun 03-Dec-17 10:20:26

Will they be fooled if I give them a couple of baubles of their own?

<clutches at straws>

Woke up this morning to find the bunting in my bedroom destroyed. IT WAS ON THE CEILING.

Acrosstheuniverse123 Sun 03-Dec-17 10:37:17

Laughing at the photos! We have had cats before, and only when they were small kittens did they show an interest. I am hoping next year she won't be bothered, but I am wishing now i had never put the damn thing up. If this happens next year I don't know what i will do.

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ASqueakingInTheShrubbery Sun 03-Dec-17 10:43:31

We usually have a sacrificial ornament, usually something my mum gave me that I didn't like much in the first place! Little cat is now 7, and for the first time hasn't tried to destroy the tree in the first 12 hours. She can usually be distracted with an angel to chew on.

WinkyisbackontheButterBeer Sun 03-Dec-17 10:48:58

We must have been lucky. Mine has never climbed it. She does enjoy knocking the baubles off and chasing them around the room though.
No tips I’m afraid. just wanted to join in with showing off cute cats

RiceButt Sun 03-Dec-17 10:49:05

Yep, happens every year and they are showing no signs of stopping. First year we had cats one of them pulled it down within 5 minutes after I spent hours decorating it. This year he only has 3 legs so I'm hoping we might have a Christmas tree still intact on the 25th.

Somehow I doubt it, even with 3 legs he will still find a way fgrin

RiceButt Sun 03-Dec-17 10:54:15

Found the pics, first year of having the cats. All nicely decorated, then 5 mins later all over the floor. sad

Acrosstheuniverse123 Sun 03-Dec-17 11:04:38

Well, I'VE FOUND THE SOLUTION! Spraying water at her every time she approaches the tree. Worked like a dream. I have given her some tinsel to play with instead. Thanks for that tip!

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Acrosstheuniverse123 Sun 03-Dec-17 13:14:28

Rice Butt you must have been SO cross. It makes me weep, with laughter and with horror!

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RiceButt Sun 03-Dec-17 13:49:42

I was, as all my decorating took 6 hours, most of that on the tree as I'm a perfectionist. But they look so damn cute when they are in the tree,so I can't be mad them for long.

Giraffesarequitetall Sun 03-Dec-17 13:55:15

This has made me chuckle and be pleased we haven’t put ours up yet. We used to have a cat that left her own little ‘presents’ under the tree (poo not animals)💩 😬🤮

Be grateful yours just climb up rather than wondering where exactly where the smell was coming from 😂

Ours are three this year and I am hoping they will be less interested than last year 🤞

Allergictoironing Sun 03-Dec-17 16:56:58

I haven't even bothered since getting my pair. I have a solid plastic tree that lights up and has glitter swirling around inside it, that changes colour. My problem is where to put it, as every surface large enough has been cat-claimed.

DrMadelineMaxwell Sun 03-Dec-17 18:14:31

This is all our cat, Bailey, did with our Christmas tree.

I think the first year, we barricaded it with presents (in those huge gift bags) so they took up all the space under the tree.

The second year, he just slept under it.

Sadly, we lost him earlier this year. We are looking at adopting 2 new kittens from the rescue centre and know we aren't going to be so lucky to get such a well behaved cat.

DrMadelineMaxwell Sun 03-Dec-17 18:15:10


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