Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The Truth About Christmas Trees

Isn't Christmas such a warm, cozy, and inviting time of the year?


We shared this photo a couple weeks ago. That's one of our Christmas trees on the night it was assembled. It's all fluffed up, aglow, and even has the kitties' hot cocoa cafe scratcher house set up in front of it. Fast forward a couple weeks, though, and you get shots like this:




That there tree is being climbed by kittens, in case you couldn't tell. Said kittens, as well as Eddy, are the reasons I get to rebuild our Christmas trees on a daily basis. Also, the entire upper half of this tree's lights went out, on something like day two (but they've now been fixed!). That wasn't the kitties' fault, though, but instead was due to obligatory Christmas decor failure. Oh, and the hot cocoa cafe scratcher is no longer in one piece. It's not even in two or three pieces. It's in something like a dozen pieces, and I will be attempting to rebuild it none other than tonight. Wish me luck.

That all being said, a few people have asked me if our Christmas trees are still standing. The answer is, miraculously, yes. My house is now inhabited by four Christmas tree climbing felines (only two of the six kitties in the house don't climb the Christmas trees), and yet not a single tree has ever hit the floor in a horizontal manner. This fact astonishes me on a daily basis, especially given the horrors I witness every single day (you know, like in the photos above). The Christmas trees at my house get some serious kudos for holding their own as well as they do.

As a side note, all Christmas trees at my house are snugly tucked or tethered somewhere sturdy, at least as best as possible. They are also free of ornaments, and lights are unplugged when no human is present to chaperone the situation.

Merry wishes to all!



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Our Festive Doodle of the Day:




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Our Tip of the Day:

Today we have our final tip on traveling with your furbaby this holiday season, or any time of the year. When traveling, always think ahead to your final destination and your plans for the entire trip, and then prepare accordingly. Will you be staying with family or friends? Do they have other animals? If so, does your furbaby get along with the other animals? Will your kitty or pup need to remain in a separate room or in a cage? Or, are you staying in a hotel? If so, did you ensure that it's a pet-friendly hotel? What are their requirements for a pet staying at their facility? Consider any and all such factors, and then think ahead to what you might need to prep for your furbaby's stay at your final destination.

In all of this planning, of course also don't forget the basic necessities. Bring plenty of your furbaby's food, especially if they are on a prescription or other special diet. Bring bowls and even water as needed. If your furbaby is on medication, bring ample amounts of it, especially in the event of any unexpected delays. Don't forget any potentially necessary items, such as cages, leashes, harnesses, seat belts, blankets, toys, and even cleaning supplies. Though it may not be a pleasant thought, also be sure to make plans and preparations for any emergencies that might arise. For example, take your furbaby's medical records with you, your veterinarian's information, as well as contact and other information on veterinary hospitals located in your travel destination. It never hurts to be over-prepared, so as space allows, plan and pack anything and everything you might need for the comfort and safety of your furbaby during your travels.

13 comments:

Marg said...

The same thing would have happened here if we had had a bit Christmas tree. Pumpkin is the only one that knocks the ornaments off. Sounds like your tree has been quite a chore. But have a good day.

The Island Cats said...

OMC! We can't believe the tree is still standing after being "attacked" like that.

Pam and Teddy said...

I bet the kitties just love climbing those trees. Neither Sammy nor Teddy were ever inclined to do it thankfully. Good for you for "going with the flow" !

Hugs, Pam

Eastside Cats said...

I think I would sit there and watch the shenanigans! Good luck with the Hot Cocoa Cafe Scratcher; my guess is that it's a goner! Play taps...

The Swiss Cats said...

MOL ! How did you manage that the tree is still standing up ? Purrs

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

I love your life sized kitty ornaments :) Glad they are enjoying the holidays. I like the Santa cap on top. I am really lucky my kitties are not climbers. That is a cute drawing. Excellent tips too.

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

The kitties are loving the tree! Eric and Flynn were both tree climbers, but Flynn was much more careful about it than Eric.

Cathy Keisha said...

Whoa! Autumn once knocked the peeps Christmas tree to the ground. MOL!.

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

That is absolutely hysterical! I can't believe Mudpie has never tried to climb my tree...

Mickey's Musings said...

There must be magic in your house that the trees don't fall over!!!
Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ

Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat said...

When kittens attack ...

messymimi said...

Smart to tether your trees, and good luck putting everything back together!

meowmeowmans said...

Wow. That's no joke! YOu kitties really go after the tree!