I found this beauty of a tree in December, 2010
It was a grand tree and I loved it.
It filled the whole corner of the room.
And then we adopted Audrey.
Now our trees are little.
This was our first Christmas table-tree in 2011
The little gifts go on the table. The larger ones on a skirt underneath.
We added a train set under the tree.
And there's Audrey
waiting for the train.
She has matured somewhat over the last two years so we'll see how she does this year.
Our table-tree for Christmas, 2013
Santa on the right goes on top tomorrow
We have the train set up again for the little ones
and a little village of houses with their lights on
Maybe someday we'll go back to the grand tree because Sierra is not impressed. According to cats..."Size does matter."
"That's not even worth climbing."
Just in case your cat does think your tree is worth the effort
here are a few tips...
Put the tree up for a few days without decorating it.
Place the tree in a space that has open space around it. Be sure they can't jump from a high spot. Make sure the tree is firmly placed in the tree-stand.
Tie the tree at the top to something solid.
Decorate with caution...all sentimental decorations should be placed at the top.
Breakable ones, too.
If you can, do not decorate the bottom of the tree for awhile.
No tinsel, please. It is very dangerous for cats.
Tape down all the cords and have no dangling wires.
They don't know that this big toy is not there for them. They think you just bought them the toy of all toys. They just want to play. Take a deep breath and be patient. Just like a dog, a firm "NO" may work for your cat. Well, maybe a few "No's"
Enjoy your Christmas preparations but take some time to relax.
You know...like a cat.