This is about Christmas trees. For a human they are a symbol of joy and light at the darkest time of the year. But to a cat, the giant climbing gymnastics are hanging out with dozens of skinny, most cozy and most exciting toys you can imagine.
In other words, it's the year's most wonderful time to be a cat. Let Dani Wheatley's Cat Stormy show the depth of this love. –
"There are so many things about Christmas trees that attract cats," told animal health experts, Rebecca Ledger, CBC.
"The first is that it's a novel – especially if it's a real Christmas tree and it smells like the outside. They are drawn to it. Most cats are very curious and they like to investigate."
Then there are jingly, reflective ornaments, which just happen to fit perfectly into the mouth of a playful cat. And of course, cats are natural tree climbers.
"They are looking for elevated areas and they tend to feel safe when they are high and they can look low on things that happen under them," Ledger said.
Essentially, Christmas tree is all that a cat loves, wrapped in a simple ruined package.
And every cat likes to show that love on its own way. Some cats like to steal ornaments, take them away under the sofas and in the dark corners, or knock them around until they break. Others prefer to wake their people in the middle of the night with the sound of a tree crashing into the ground.
The CBC spoke to several B.C. pet owners who shared their stories about christmas-gale cats and the consequences of their obsession. Some have helpful tips to go out of chaos, but most people only let the madness happen.
As, say, Fox's adventure, the newest addition to Angie Jenken's household.
She probably can count happily – the little guy does not seem to have much harm in there.
New Westminster Mayor Jonathan Cote presented the sharp reality of many cat owners at Christmas time in a series of tweets. The poor tree never had a chance at Indy.
I suspect we will re-decorate this tree many times over the next few weeks. pic.twitter.com/NiXWi1Avpr
And it begins ? pic.twitter.com/ANOiURh5N6
I go to bed, my efforts to protect this tree have been meaningless. pic.twitter.com/ZL2zl42k9O
Sometimes it's not even possible to hang the decorations before there are problems. Here is Mary Chows Roscoe who explores her bare tree.
A cat called Mr Christmas
Helen Savkovic shared a memory of holidays past, with an unhappy cat called, all things, mister christmas. He was a gift for a young district for Christmas, but preferred Savkovic's house and eventually became part of the family, she explained.
One year, her mother made a mistake to decorate the tree with ornaments designed to look like red bird birds.
"Our two cats went nuts over them, and the bad ornaments lasted for a long time. I still remember Christmas's face with red feathers that protrude from my mouth," Savkovic said.
"We found red feathers for months after."
At Janine Conice's house, the madness begins as soon as her cat Prince Harry sees the box containing his artificial tree. He immediately starts attacking the box, and then drives frantically while waiting for the magic to evolve.
"When it's clear, he continues to spend the next week chewing on the plastic needles (while ignoring our protests) and popping them up until it's likely that it may happen that it might be the tree that makes him hit," said Conick .
Sometimes nothing seems to deter a Yule-crazy cat. Manon Vee thought to switch to a minitree would end her problem, but she was wrong – "They still find ways to get it down."
Some cat insurance
But there are some tricks to keep cats away from the Christmas tree.
The CBC Tamara Baluja hides aluminum foil under the wooden skirt. Her cat Milo has a "deadly fear" for the things like "why he never approached the tree," she says.
Ian Bushfield, CEO of B.C. Humanist Association, placing orange peel under his tree to keep his cats away – cats tend to hate the smell of citrus.
Sometimes half of the measures are appropriate. Vicky Micks said when she was setting up a tree, "we could only decorate the upper half, otherwise all the jewelry became new breeding stuff. Suddenly the Christmas beard was a foot longer than before."
Of course punishment is always an option.
According to Ledger, the animal expert, many owners like to place a pen or decorative fence around the bottom of their trees to protect them.
But some poor cat owners must completely abstain from the tree.
We may not have a Christmas tree. Also artificial. Because SOMEONE eats the fake needles. Pukes. And then go back for seconds and thirds. pic.twitter.com/ixnczD1JjL
And now for more gratuitous Christmas cat pictures