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Old 12-03-2013, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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My cats try to scratch their claws on the tree trunk, but that's it as far as mayhem goes. Sometimes they'll bat an ornament around, but I put unbreakable ornaments only on the bottom two feet of the tree. Mostly they view the tree as something to lounge under.
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Old 12-04-2013, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Confines of the 101 Precinct
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Update - all she does is sleep on the tree skirt and lie down on it. That's her new spot - under the tree. She hasn't messed with it or anything. Thanks to all who replied.
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Old 12-05-2013, 08:19 AM
 
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Update - all she does is sleep on the tree skirt and lie down on it. That's her new spot - under the tree. She hasn't messed with it or anything. Thanks to all who replied.
Perfect! Glad there was no incident. Like I said, that is all mine does, try to turn the tree skirt white.
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Old 12-05-2013, 09:44 AM
 
Location: FL
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My cats had no interest in the tree either, it was our chocolate lab who was the problem. He'd steal the ornaments so we haven't had a tree in 8 years. He's gone but it's not only too sad we have a puppy who might think it's a big snack.
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Old 12-05-2013, 01:48 PM
 
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DH fastens the tree to the ceiling with trip wire. The only one who broke ornaments so far was me:>( Of course they have to inspect everything thoroughly.
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Old 12-05-2013, 03:21 PM
 
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I just brought the tree into the house. Both were busy investigating it while it lay on its side in the kitchen.

Now that it is in the stand and in the living room, they are ignoring it.

Hope it keeps up!
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Old 12-08-2013, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Old 12-09-2013, 01:02 PM
 
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I've had cats that completely ignore the holiday decor. Others wreak serious havoc. The only way you will ever know is to go for it and adapt!
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Old 12-09-2013, 04:15 PM
 
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Sure. Use unbreakable ornaments, no tinsel or garland, and if it is a real tree don't let her chew on the needles or drink the water, because pine resin is toxic to cats.

Spraying water on a cat doesn't really teach her anything you know. It just teaches her to avoid something while you are there to spray water on her. When you aren't there she's doing it anyway.
I've decided to give up on the tree, this year, along with curtains, towels on the towel rack, shoelaces etc.

I agree with Catsmom about using a spray bottle of water, and will even go so far as to say that I'm ashamed I ever tried using it to stop Tiger from yowling. He HATED ME. Not the water or the bottle. Then he was afraid of me. All in less than 30 minutes.

We are good now, but I Never should have listened to the advice to use a water bottle, it felt wrong. What if Tiger never trusted me again? It took weeks for him to really trust me again.
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I've had a completely different experience with water bottle. Both cats constantly bug the stew out of me when I'm working at my desk. I let them have one corner to snuggle up so they can be close but when they march back and forth in front on the monitor I can't stand it. I keep s mall water bottle on the desk and when they see me reach for it they hop down. Sometimes I actually spray them but not usually. And believe me it hasn't dented our relationship one little bit. I can get some work done...until they are up in my face again.

Now I don't think I used it for furniture. We just made sure they had plenty of towers and scratching posts around. They are 11 years old and they haven't touched one piece of furniture since they were little kittens. Then they ruined the back of a chair in the nursery when they knew I wouldn't yell at them while giving the babies their bottles. They tore the heck out of that chair but it was more playing up and down than actually clawing the chair.
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