12/01/2015

Catsmas tree - The first door


Can you believe it's December already? Are you ready for another Cat's Wire advent calendar?
To be honest, I'm not that ready. Usually I start in time before December and this time I didn't. I have no idea yet what to show you or what stories to tell you, so I will just have to wing it. Maybe one or the other day I will have to grab a video or a picture or refer to a post from former years. I hope you'll come by, anyway.
Let's do this.

We all know the pictures, we know the videos, and possibly we know it from own experience.
Cats assaulting Christmas trees, sitting in or on the tree or, if things went really badly for the tree, beside it why it's taking a little nap. The tree, not the cat. The cat is all smug about it because we know cats are never guilty.

I put up my tree on the weekend. It's the third year now that I've had this little artificial tree without the cats showing any interest in it. Almost no interest, that is. Ponder always has to steal off at least one ornament, play with it for a bit and leave it. It's a good thing that both my wire crochet and my wire knit ornaments recover easily from those attacks.


This time, however, was a little different. For some reason Ponder wanted to say hello to Jack who is like always guarding the tree. I even had a few very blurry pictures of him checking out some of the ornaments and once I thought now he was going to jump.


Instead he found himself stuck. He couldn't go up because of the wall, he couldn't figure out to turn around because he's a big cat, and he seemed to have forgotten that there was still Liese, the lifesize Steiff calf, on the other side from where it had actually come.
After a lot of complaining and refusing help from me he managed to turn around. He jumped down and left with as much dignity as he could muster. No catastrophe for my little tree and Jack yet.
He has been back already, though, this time playing with the big wooden cat lying under the tree.


I had an idea. The tree's "twigs" bend, so I just wrapped two of them around one of the bars on the banister. I'll let you know how that works out in case Ponder decides he wants to have another go!

10 comments:

  1. Ha ha! When Loki was a kitten, he thought the tree was someplace for him to perch. Every time I turned around, he would be peeking out at me from the branches. Made me nuts. This year he is too big for the branches. I can't wait to see what he comes up with instead.

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    1. And I can't wait to hear! Go Loki! ;-)

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  2. Your tree looks great. I'm sure the "guard cat" will keep it safe.

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    1. Thank you, Michele. It's small, but I still love it.
      Ponder already tried to pull gently on the red ball chain, but left when I said no. I wonder what else he'll be up to.

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  3. Ponder really is a big boy, isn't he?

    I love your tree, Cat, and I'm surprised that the cats aren't trying to play with it all of the time. They are showing remarkable restraint which makes me think they are up to no good. Don't let your guard down!

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    1. Yes, he is. People who see him for the first time are often a little shocked.
      Thank you, Dawn. Esme and Greebo just look, they are good, but Ponder shows much more interest this year. Just last night he pulled on the ball chain again!

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  4. Love your tree, I hope it will survive and the ponder doesn't pull it down.

    I haven't had a tree for years Ollie and tree did not go well together.

    But I do have a few christmassy decorations.

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    1. Thank you, Carina! My hallway decoration and the tree are really all I have :-)

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  5. Cat, I always enjoy reading Christmas related cat stories! Fortunately, when my cat boys were still with us they never bothered the tree in any way, something that is apparently an anomaly. Our Sparkle loved sitting under the tree and did just that pretty much the entire time the tree was up. He'said been gone for 12 years, but we still put his picture under the tree every year.

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    1. Thank you, Karin!
      I've had cats that were not interested in the tree much. Dude, our first cat that came with us from the US, also liked sitting under the tree. He had long white hair and he carried pine needles in his fur everywhere!

      It's lovely that you still put up Sparkle's picture.

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