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« on: December 17, 2011 04:47:14 PM »

Every year since we have had cats, our Christmas tree has been a target. We would come home to find all the decorations missing (we recently found a tonne of decorations under the fridge when we moved it) or the tree had been pulled down entirely. Much to my dismay we gave up on the idea of even having a tree 2 years ago. Then last year it just wouldn't do. I bought a mini tree to put on our mantle. Just like in previous years, our 2 cats (plus 2 foster kittens) knocked it off the mantle and stole all of the decorations. So this year, a new plan!

I made 2D felt decorations in the likeness of our family. I was hoping they would be less appealing as they could not roll around if pulled down and not shiny and tempting!

Our Cat Bruce did knock the tree down once or twice but has since given up as their are no decorations worth stealing!

This is Bruce he thinks he is in charge of quality control, prior to me putting the decorations on.

These are the decorations, our cats Baxter and Bruce, our dog Sam and Myself and the boyfriend Dan.

On the tree, it's still a little naked, but we need to keep the temptation to the cats low!

This is me with my ornament. It's different to the one on our tree as this is a part of a set for my parent's Christmas tree! ^__^

Hope you like them!
Merry Christmas everyone!! Cheesy
« Last Edit: December 18, 2011 12:55:23 PM by alteredmommy » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2011 04:54:56 PM »

Those ornaments are great, I may need to borrow the idea for next Christmas. I love how even the furbabies are represented.
And Bruce is a cutie, so dapper in his tuxedo lol

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« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2011 07:47:55 PM »

Go for your life! They are so fun and easy to make. They also make a really lovely personal gift. It wouldn't be a true depiction of my family without my fur babies! Cheesy
I'll tell Bruce you said that, he'll be delighted! :p

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« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2011 08:29:48 PM »

Loving this idea - may need to steal it take inspiration from it  >.<
 3 cats & a BIG dog = Christ-mess time (not only issues with tree, but they also like to tear the wrappings to peek at the presents)!
Bruce is so handsome and seems to be a great supervisor - very paws-on approach to his work!

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« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2011 08:56:23 PM »

Loving this idea - may need to steal it take inspiration from it  >.<
 3 cats & a BIG dog = Christ-mess time (not only issues with tree, but they also like to tear the wrappings to peek at the presents)!
Bruce is so handsome and seems to be a great supervisor - very paws-on approach to his work!

Go for you life! I look forward to seeing your Xmas ornaments of your family! Smiley
Christ-mess is right! But I totally wouldn't have it any other way!
Bruce is incredibly 'helpful' lol!

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« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2011 09:59:26 AM »

Great idea!  I've never had trouble with Christmas trees and cats, but since I've had a puppy the last 2 years... no trees.  Sad  Hopefully next near... perhaps behind the "puppy" gate.

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« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2011 11:23:18 AM »

If it's any consolation, they do tend to grow out of this stage.  With my first cat, I was redecorating the tree every day when I got home from work.  With two, we started to tie the tree to a plant hook in the ceiling to keep them from knocking it over.

I stopped buying any glass ornaments for a long time, because they managed to break about 4 boxes of them.  I put the last 5 or 6 of those first red glass balls in a clear vase with a ribbon this year. 

My MIL made me a beautiful felt appliqued and sequined tree skirt.  We went out of town, leaving the cat in the care of somebody who came in to feed her.  When we got home, the cat had methodically peed all around the tree skirt.  There was no fixing it, though I tried.

Now, those cats are long gone and we have two more.  We have two trees they mostly ignore, and I've even started buying glass ornaments again.
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