Christmas Tree Blues

Do you remember this photo, taken last year, when Jenny was a new member of our household?


She continually played in our tree. Thankfully, she mainly stayed inside the tree and did no real harm to the decorations or the tree. This year, though she isn’t a lot bigger, she is a lot heavier, so we were hoping she had outgrown it, as all our other cats had, by their second Christmas. We didn’t want any Christmas tree blues this year.

No such luck! We put the Christmas tree up and before I could even decorate it, she ran up the tree and managed to dislodge several branches, that were firmly in their place.


Jenny is not like any other cat we’ve had before and does just what she wants, when she wants, no matter how we try to train her to be obedient. We knew we were on to a lost cause with the tree, so rather than waste my time decorating it, to be ruined by Jenny, we decided to take it down. We have never had a Christmas without a tree, so I was really disappointed, until Mo said. “We’ll try our large tree”. I had forgotten that we had a larger, floor standing, tree. We had decided it was too much of a temptation for our cats and had packed it away some years ago.

We unpacked it and I started putting it together.

Jenny ignored me.

I hung the lights on.

Jenny ignored me.

I hung all the decorations on.

Jenny ignored me.

Mo came back from wherever she was and we placed the snow effect around the tree base.

Jenny came over, sniffed the tree and went away.

Jenny has ignored the tree completely!


It just shows you how good their memory is. She must have remembered playing in the other tree and seen it as her play ground, but this one held no memories for her and she has ignored it.  We were amazed and thrilled to have a stress free Christmas. WITH a tree.

  • I’m so happy you can have a Jenny-free tree in your house this Christmas! I always think cats must think “Well, you know, you did bring a tree inside and I *am* an animal with claws who can climb it, and you expect me to just sit there and *look* at it? Silly humans!” We haven’t had a tree, real or artificial, in the house for many years. Lucky would climb it and Shadow wanted to drink the water from the base. I don’t have the energy to deal with coming home and finding it lying on the floor every day. And so we are tree-less yet again. *sigh*

    • Kathy, I don’t blame you. The only way we can do it is by shutting our cats out of the room while we are out. They have their room and the kitchen to prowl around and are more than happy until we come home. Going to work all day, is an entirely different thing.

  • ReformingGeek

    How pretty! Glad to hear Jenny is ignoring this tree. So far, our cat sees the tree as a nice shady spot for his nap on the skirt. He isn’t much of a climber…..and I hope it stays that way!

    • Jenny is our only climbing cat, thankfully. I don’t know how we’d cope with three cats climbing all over the place!

  • Well there you go. See things did work out just fine and Jenny will leave the tree alone. Lots more work, but you’ve got a tree for Christmas. Excellent.

    Have a fabulous day. Big hugs to you and tons of scritches to the babies. ???

    • Yes, it was a lot of work, but I’m glad we did it. I couldn’t stand the though of no tree for Christmas. I have had a Christmas tree every year, since I was a baby!

  • Most year’s we have a live tree and the cats loved it. Not to climb or destroy the ornaments, but simply to sleep on the tree skirt, oh and drink the water from the base. We have no tree this year except for the little artificial tree. Since we lost Dood the day after Thanksgiving, we didn’t feel like getting a tree and when we did feel like it there was too much other stuff, hubby’s work, etc. going on. I’m glad you found a way to have a tree that doesn’t tempt your kitty to misbehave.

    • I’m so sorry you lost Dood. It’s hard when you lose one, soon after another. Next Christmas you will feel better and more like getting a tree.

  • I gave up on Christmas trees decades ago – luckily I’m not a Christmas person and I don’t miss it. The cats may have a different opinion.

    • All of our cats have only played in the tree as little kittens. By the time they are a year old, they ignore it, thankfully. We are safe for a few years yet 🙂

  • Ron

    “She must have remembered playing in the other tree and seen it as her play ground, but this one held no memories for her and she has ignored it. We were amazed and thrilled to have a stress free Christmas. WITH a tree.”

    Brava, Babs! So it must have worked!

    And btw, can I just say….FABULOUS Christmas tree! The way you decorated it is exactly how I like a tree decorated, with traditional Christmas decorations – like an old-fashioned Christmas tree!

    LOVE your ornaments!


    X to you and Mo!

    • We don’t go to the city often, but whenever we do, we enjoy it. In fact we’re off there today, for a hospital appointment.
      We bought most of our tree ornaments from a Christmas shop that sold Victorian decorations only. They were expensive, but have lasted us about 15 years so far and are as good as new. We love an old fashioned Christmas tree!

      • Ron

        They’re beautiful, Babs!


  • i AM GRINNING EAR TO EAR!!! HA HA HA! That is so funny that she initially caused you to not have a tree! She was like, “Ummm nope! You are NOT gonna have that!” But my goodness your bigger tree is GORGEOUS!!!! It is picture perfect…. just so beautiful!!!!!

    Jenny is so beautiful, STILL. Her coat looks like velvet!

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    • How pretty! And a merry Christmas to you all too!

  • The Sparking Synapse

    I love that picture of Jenny in the tree!

    That is SUCH a pretty tree, Babs! Ours is very plain this year, with just the lights (two sets, one static colours and one very slow fade out/blink on/fade out white), red & gold witch balls and gold and silver reindeer bells. Oh, and two strands of white pearls, like yours – though I think yours are gold?

    • I have Gold, white pearls and red. The white pearls are adorning my paintings. Every year I say I won’t put so much on our tree and every year I put a little bit more and a little bit more, until it ends up full again 🙂

  • Viet Chung

    i love cat !