Monday, December 04, 2006

Should I or shouldn't I?

Yesterday, I discovered our youngest furbaby, Max, staring back at me from the top third of the Christmas tree. Thankfully, it is as yet undecorated. (<--- This is not our cat or our tree, but it's a perfect illustration of the misbehavior I was looking at.)

This poses a dilema. Do we leave the tree inside (as opposed to putting it into the garage) while we're off to Hawaii for a week or not? I think it goes without saying that decorating the tree would be sheer insanity.

I hate to think that our lovely and gracious catsitter, Lara Santiago, will have to right the tree every day she comes over.

What to do, what to do...


  1. My dh and I went to Reno for Christmas(actually when we got married) and left our five cats in the house with the tree. Um. Not good. They totally had a kitty party while we were gone. They broke almost all the ornaments and gnawed on the cnady canes. What a mess!

  2. Anonymous1:01 PM

    From your post and Teri's comment it sounds like the garage would be the better choice while you're away :)

  3. I laughed and laughed and laughed when I saw this picture.

  4. Oh geesh. Put it in the garage and see what else they can climb while you are away. Oh! You should have LS do guest blogs of where she finds the cats!

  5. That is too cute! I love it! I can just imagine the look on your face or maybe what mine would be anyhow! ;)


  6. Anonymous9:22 PM

    Okay, if you have really nice drapes you're attached to, leave the tree in the house as a distraction. Otherwise, I'd put it in the garage. :D

  7. Christmas trees are REALLY dangerous for cats. Beside the toppling risk and sharp broken ornament pieces they can cut themselves with, they often chew on the light wires and get electrocuted and can choke on tinsel. Seriously, keep them out as we would any small child. (A fire guard works, sort of, and a tree skirt reduces them using it as a scratching post if that's what they're after.) Do NOT leave it accessible while you're away.

  8. The last time I was catsitting...they spilled their water on the rug. Then they balled up the wet rug and shoved the evidence under a table to conceal it.
    I shudder to think where they will put that tree...

    Pehaps if you don't put it in the garage...they'll hide it there once they're through mauling it. :)

  9. Ha! That's funny! Good luck, Lara...sounds like you might need it. Our artificial tree is still standing unharmed (maybe the fact that there is now no water involved, it has lots its appeal). Plus, they are going in for snip-snip surgery tomorrow morning, so they'll have a few days of downtime. They'll either awake from anesthetic to groggy to care about it or completely wired from 24 hours of no playtime. :-)

    Have fun in Hawaii, Kristen!