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#26 cardamom

Posted 20 December 2012 - 11:23 AM

Aww, so cute!

Our old cat (12) is disinterested in everything and spends most of her days lying in the sun and glaring at people, but when the Christmas tree comes out, she turns into a kitten again. She's pulled down a bunch of baubles and batted them wildly around the room, as she usually does.

My favourite so far was when she spied the new kitten (who she's not so fond of) sitting under HER tree. She saw her, walked slowly and deliberately over, swiped her across the face (no claws) to scare her away, and took up her rightful post as Guardian Of The Tree. I managed to get a photo of her crouched under the tree in attack pose, ready to fend off any challengers.

Sadly the kitten's interactions with the tree haven't been so positive. I was so excited to put the tree up for her first Christmas, and as expected, she climbed it, rummaged around in the branches, pulled down decorations, etc. Unfortunately during a later climbing attempt she managed to topple the tree, and somehow injured her tail in the process  sad.gif I felt terrible. Cue a very stressful couple of days at the vet to see if there was any nerve damage (which can affect continence and sometimes results in PTS) in addition to the fractured tail. Fortunately she's fine now, but has to spend the next 4-6 weeks confined to a cage to heal. Poor kitty is most disgruntled.

#27 lamarque

Posted 20 December 2012 - 03:09 PM

sad.gif  Oh, that's not good cardamom!  Glad she is okay now.

#28 cardamom

Posted 21 December 2012 - 10:01 PM

Thanks lamarque  original.gif  We were so worried at the time, but judging by the volume and frequency of her whining, she's doing just fine now! She can move her tail again now too, though it's still quite swollen.

The upside to all this is that Old Cat has exclusive rights to the tree this year wink.gif

#29 mummabear

Posted 21 December 2012 - 10:05 PM

Other than the first day our cat saw the tree and decided to scale it and tip the whole thing over (7ft tree) she hasn't bothered again!

Love the last pic too...so innocent!

#30 Mellie Kate

Posted 22 December 2012 - 12:50 AM

the first few years she would climb the tree but not now,i put baubles at the bottom that she is allowed to play with and she has a great time with them, the real problem i have is she loves to eat the curling ribbon that i put on the presents,so everyone ends up with chewed and soggy ribbon LOL(not so funny when she spews it up wink.gif  )

She does love to sleep under the tree,its the favourite place to be when the tree is up.

#31 Missmarymack

Posted 22 December 2012 - 03:10 AM

QUOTE (countrymel @ 19/12/2012, 06:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I remember the strange feeling of loss that first year when we put the tree up and my old boy just wandered in gave it a sniff and wandered off again.

Realised I had actually rather enjoyed the climbing, bauble golf, and assorted cutely destructive mayhem of the previous years!

He'd obviously reached the age of 'Bah Humbug' in cat years!

We've just hit this stage too this year! He used to crash tackle the tree, especially when I wasn't home and I'd have to put up the whole thing again. This year - nothing! sad.gif but original.gif
The toddler is WAY worse! There still are no baubles on the bottom half of the tree as she's pulled them all off!

#32 lamarque

Posted 22 December 2012 - 02:53 PM

It's definitely a fun time of year for them.  Mine is at it again as I type.  This time he stood up to attack the tree, got caught in the lights, fell to the ground, dragging the cords with him and proceeded to attack the offending cord.

I've put his mouse under the tree now and he's happily back peddling on it.  

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