We put our Christmas tree up last night, and so far, so good. Autumn and Ramona were with us last Christmas, but this is the first year they'll encounter a Christmas tree, as they were still confined to their isolation room last year.
My cats really like sitting under the tree, and we let them do that. We put the unbreakable ornaments on the bottom, so that the cats can't cause trouble inadvertently while they're under there. We also put ornaments with bells on them on the bottom, so we know when a cat under the tree is getting a bit too interested in playing with the ornaments.
Hopefully Cosette is over her Christmas tree climbing. She hasn't done it for a couple of years now, but she used to climb 3/4 of the way up and sit on the interior branches and whack at the ornaments. Galileo and Dante are usually pretty well-behaved around the tree though.
I think Autumn and Ramona could cause some trouble if they decide to play under or around the tree. They can get kind of rough, and they'll just bowl through things in their way when they're chasing each other around. I'm hoping that this is just me imagining "what if" scenarios, but we shall see.
I've been allowing Choco-cat, my foster, free run of the house for a few hours a day while I'm around to supervise. She gets so bored upstairs in my room while I'm at work, and I think it's helpful for her to spend some time exploring and interacting with other cats in the evenings when I arrive home. I don't know what she'll do when it comes to the tree though. Choco-cat likes to steal my cats' toys from downstairs and stash them in my room, which is pretty funny, considering that she'll take anything from fuzzy mice to great big wand toys. Half the time, I don't even know she's swiped something until I wake up in the morning with cat toys on my bed that belong downstairs. She must hide them somewhere in the room until I'm asleep because once I go to bed, she's in for the night.
Yesterday, I watched Choco-cat snatch a sparkly reindeer out of a box of ornaments and race upstairs with it. It was really funny, but I have no doubt that she would be just as likely to rip an ornament off the tree as take from the box. Choco-cat is really smart, but she can be pretty mischievous and destructive when she's bored, and she hoards cat toys and other random objects that she takes a fancy to like a Magpie. I once found a collection of empty cat food tins stashed in my closet.
I doubt the tree is going to be entirely safe from Choco-cat.
Regardless, there isn't much that any of them can do that would top the multiple occasions on which our previous cat, Spunky, completely took out the Christmas tree.
Has anyone else had any tree-related cat-astrophes so far this year--or any other year, for that matter?