Christmas trees, and the stuff placed underneath them, provides blog reader Sandy with plenty of fun yuletide tales:
Every cat I have ever owned has loved the Christmas tree. I have never had one try to climb it, but they all love to hide under it. I call it the “Kitty in the Jungle” syndrome since my cats are indoor-only pets.
I used to place the nativity set under the tree until one of our cats decided the baby Jesus was a perfect toy and would steal it out of the manger and run around the house with him in her mouth. That was just wrong on too many levels so I just put packages under the tree now.
Those are entertaining enough for Abby and her little sister, Chloe. I warn everyone in the family that their presents will not be perfectly wrapped. The wrapping paper will be torn in places and will have claw marks and teeth marks on flattened bows. I’m careful about any decorations after the ugly tinsel incident some years ago. I’ll leave that to your imagination, but I can tell you that I leave no more stringy objects within reach of the cats.
I enjoy watching my cats investigate the Christmas tree when it first goes up and continue to be entertained the whole season watching them hide and stalk each other under it among the presents. I just have to get used to seeing a package with eyes move unexpectedly or a furry paw tag my ankle when I walk by!”