HomeCat BehaviorThe Christmas tree is the perfect present for your cat


The Christmas tree is the perfect present for your cat — 4 Comments

  1. When I first discovered that cats loved Christmas time and all the decorations and presents and merriment, I was aghast. They’re just like kids, sort of. I never had a tree large enough that a cat could limb though. I remember too that what I didn’t know could have killed my cats… AbbyandSadiesMom said it… tinsel ! If/when they swallow that it could wind every which way in it’s intestines and cut and bind them! Even if an end of it makes it out the back end, if you pull it, it could easily slice up her insides and she’ll bleed internally and die before you can get her to the hospital… and on Christmas no less. I shudder that it’s still used, like glass ornaments. How cats survived these things until now I don’t know. I guess many died.

    • Thanks Albert for reminding all of us of the dangers of tinsel and garland. You’re right, it’s amazing that cats have survived the holidays as long as they have. Sadly, some probably did not.

      On a happier note, with Midget, we gave him gifts too. He’d watch us as we tore into our presents. When we gave him his presents, he’d first look at us for approval. Upon saying “It’s OK, go ahead.” he’d just exercise those claws and rip the bejeepers out of the paper. He’d find stuff like catnip-laced toys, a turbo-round (that round plastic thing with the corrugated cardboard scratcher in the center and the toy on the edge), perhaps a new food dish). Such joy! That was one spoiled feline, lol!

  2. My brother had a cat (Midget) who loved to climb the Christmas tree and bat the shiny balls around. Brother never put tinsel on the tree nor garland for the reasons presented. He and his wife also only used plastic bulbs in case the cat knocked the bulb off the tree. Funny that the cat never showed any interest in wires, but sat in front of the tree for hours watching the blinking lights. He never tried batting at those. Since it was a real tree, brother covered up the water in the pot securely with a skirt so the cat couldn’t drink it. When bedtime came, he’d close the door to avoid access by the cat and the lights were off. Only when the adults were in the room was the cat allowed access to the tree. He’d just happily climb the tree, sniff it and sit on a high branch like he was on top of the world! Warm memories.

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