We all know that cats are fascinating creatures and that whatever they choose to do is because they are choosing to do it. They would never succumb to doing something simply because you want them to. I love that independence about cats. But this year, the cats have me stymied.
Like almost every other cat on the planet, they are fascinated by the tree, especially those beautiful decorations that seem to scream: “NEW TOYS!!” Every day you would come home and a decoration would be on the floor. You’d dutifully put it back on the tree and the next day, there was a new ornament off the tree. Sigh.
The presents. Like with children, the cats are fascinated by what’s under that paper. They seem to think that the presents must be impenetrable for the recipient so they give them a starting point. And, don’t even think about putting a bow on a present! If there’s a bow on it, you’re going to have to re-wrap the whole thing.
The tree itself: mmmm, yummy, let’s lick it! Under the tree would be all the fake “needles.”
Fast forward to this Christmas. There is one holdout with a Christmas tree fascination (kinda). The tree has been up for about a month. Socks has knocked one ornament off ONCE. She batted at the tree ONCE (without knocking anything off). She licked the tree ONCE. What is going on here? Is the tree offensive this year? Is it not as tasty? There aren’t new decorations and none of them were taken away. So confusing!
What they love to do is lay under the tree. Every one of them has done it. (Unfortunately, Peanut has only curled up for a nap once so there’s no photographic evidence, but there was a visual sighting.) Below are pictures of Nose and Pippy (in that order) under the tree. Pippy seems the most enamored with it. Of course, it’s in the spot where his scratcher used to be.
Since they don’t seem bothered by the tree, a fake present was wrapped up and placed under the tree to see how it would fare. Socks batted at it ONCE. Nothing since. The real presents were wrapped up this past Wednesday and placed under it in such a fashion that they still have room to lay under the other side of the tree where they like to be. Happily, the presents are still intact, no teeth marks or “starting points” given. I don’t get it.
Perhaps this Christmas is proof to all of you out there that have to endure your own Christmas-loving cat’s behavior that, as a cat ages, they grow out of it. Maybe the cats just aren’t feeling the Christmas spirit this year. Bah Humbug?