As many of you know, my active girl Eddy loves to climb in the Christmas tree, adjust the branches, remove ornaments, make herself at home, all that jazz. My boy Evan loves the tree as well, but, being hind limb paralyzed, he tends to keep his shenanigans at the level of the lower branches. Thimble might bat at this or that ornament, chew on a branch here and there, or maybe do a little pole dance at the base of the tree, but otherwise she prefers to sit back and watch the madness the others create.
And of course let's not forget housemate Toby. You all remember him, right?
Well, this boy finds great joy in chewing holes in the pretty red ribbons of felt that this human loves to put on the tree. That, and he drags off any and all members of the festive teddy bear club that camps out by the tree. Toby takes these poor stuffed bears to the depths of his kitty dungeon (aka, beneath the table), and let's just suffice it to say that nothing good can come of that.
Oh, and for the record, pup Astrid hasn't the foggiest idea why the kitties find that artificial bundle of bristles so entertaining. Surfing on rugs and snoozing on couches are far superior options, if you ask her.
Anyway, that all simply comprises the festivities that occur at my house. Because then there are my parents, who have 7 cats (last time I showed these cuties off here on the blog, there were only 6 of them, which means I have another rescue story to share with you soon!). And what does 7 cats mean? Apparently it means the tree goes horizontal on day one, and thereby awards itself a cozy spot with a seat belt in the corner of the room. Yep, my parents have more than a couple feline tree scalers, and so their Christmas tree is now bungeed in place. It all makes for quite a sight.
Speaking of which, it was as I sat eating supper at my parents' house the other night, watching their adorable clan of kitties massacre the tree strapped to the wall, that I felt a wave of inspiration wash over me. Perhaps that's why, not long after, this happened:
Honestly, who needs ornaments when you have purrfectly cute cats to hang from the tree? And this here kitty ornamentation is our contribution to Athena's always fun Caturday Art blog hop. Be sure to head right on over there for more art, plenty of which is sure to be fun and festive!
Warm wishes to all!
Our Tip of the Day:
Although they certainly are festive, please avoid keeping mistletoe and holly at your house. Both can cause your furbaby gastrointestinal disturbances if ingested, among other and potentially severe consequences. Also avoid lilies, as while some are non-toxic, others are highly dangerous to your furbaby. Be sure to inspect any plants or flower arrangements that guests might bring over for the holidays, and when decorating, consider opting for artificial plants to help your home feeling festive, yet to also keep it safe. And how about a final bonus tip today? Although often considered among the most dangerous, poinsettias are in fact not terribly so. Of course it's not ideal to allow your furbaby to feast on them, as they can cause irritation, poinsettia ingestion is rarely life-threatening, and it's certainly not nearly as dangerous as that of the plants listed above.