December 1: The family starts talking about this year’s Christmas tree. Usually, the decision to be made is whether to get a real tree or put up the fake one. This year, the question was whether or not to put one up at all. This summer, two kittens joined our household. Lena and Cosmo are now eight months old, but they are still feisty. As my husband has observed, everything is a cat toy.
December 6: We decide to put up the artificial tree with inexpensive ornaments that won’t break. Because they are also chewing everything in sight, I do not put out any of my embroidered ornaments. I want to still love these cats when the holidays are over. We set a squirt bottle next to the tree.
December 7: The first ornament is found on the floor in another room.
December 8: For the next week, more and more ornaments migrate to the floor and other rooms of the house. I never see a cat near the tree.
December 12: The tree is looking really bad. The cats climb higher and higher, bending more branches and pulling everything down to the ground.
December 18: Disturbed by just how bad the tree looks, my brother-in-law takes the whole thing apart. He straightens the branches and my sister re-strings the lights. No one has the energy to put all the ornaments back on.
December 19: The tree is untouched. Maybe the cats won’t be interested in it if it doesn’t have any ornaments, so we leave it as is.
December 22: The tree is down. The cats are very proud of themselves and treat the fallen tree like a jungle gym.
December 23: The tree lies there looking peaceful. Liam says we won’t be able to put our presents under the tree this year. We will have to put them next to it. We consider waiting until Christmas morning to put it back up.
Have you had kittens in the house at Christmas time? What do you do to protect your Christmas tree?