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Old 12-17-07, 11:38 PM   #1
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Have your pets ever turned your X-mas tree into a disaster?

Pet owners, have your pets ever ended up turning your beautifully decorated Christmas tree into a disaster area? This happened at my mother's house recently.

As most of you know who have live trees, selecting, carrying, standing, and decorating takes a lot of time, consideration, and patience. As I helped my mother decorate the tree, her two cats became very curious and excited. They had experienced Christmas before and went about what cats do; batting things, inspecting decorations before they came out of the box, studying the garland as it was draped on various tree branches, and watching every ornament as it was hung. Even cats needed a sense of participation. When the tree was finally decorated, it was beautiful. It was that way when I returned to my apartment two days later.

Last night, my mother was awakened from her sleep due to a loud CRASH! Looking in her living room, she discovered the tree lying on the floor and smashed tree ornaments everywhere. After putting the tree back in its stand and and cleaning up the mess, she found her frightened cats cowering under beds, refusing to come out.
She didn't punnish the cats for the incident.

She has since replaced the smashed ornaments and re-decorated the tree.



So, fellow Foosters, have you ever experienced this type of situation? Please discuss

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Old 12-17-07, 11:41 PM   #2
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My friends cat dropped his new box set of 24 on the floor, most of the CDs face down and scratched them up.. Not quite the same scale as your moms cat though.
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Old 12-17-07, 11:49 PM   #3
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Unless your a 4 month old puppy that likes BIG sticks.
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Old 12-17-07, 11:56 PM   #4
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Last Christmas my newlywed cousin, celebrating their 1st Christmas together, supprised his new bride with a new puppy. The puppy smalled chocolates in one of the presents and promptly ripped it open and devoured all contents. Surprisingly the dog was still hungry and ripped open every other gift in search of more food but had no luck. Well then the chocolate started doing its thing and before they knew it he shiz and pukes all over the rest of the house. Merry Christmas
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Old 12-18-07, 12:05 AM   #5
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Nope, never. No way a cat could take down a tree I set up. Now I can imagine it happening. If anything that did not belong got in the house and behind the tree the dogs would go in after it, and without making a special custom stand that would mean tree down.
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Old 12-18-07, 07:06 AM   #6
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There is one ornament on the tree that Zeo the cat loves. It is a stuffed cloth Santa that we put on the lowest branch so he can lie on his back and swat at it. It's the only one he bothers, so I will let him live.
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Old 12-18-07, 07:12 AM   #7
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Oh you mean the time I was struggling, trying to bring the tree into the house and the dogs all came to protect me?


Oh yeah. That was fun. REAL fun. Dang dogs.
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Old 12-18-07, 07:24 AM   #8
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He takes the tissue papers out of the Christmas bags and rips them all up!

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Old 12-18-07, 07:55 AM   #9
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Kind of, the first Christmas with my Border Collie he was confused by the tree inside, so he started to hike his leg and mark it since that is what you do to trees. Unfortunately there were presents under it.
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Old 12-18-07, 09:16 AM   #10
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My cat used to eat the tinsel off the tree. Just pass through the system, mostly. We'd come home and find her being chased by a piece of poop attached by a long strand of tinsel. No tinsel anymore.
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Old 12-18-07, 09:19 AM   #11
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Nope, not here! With our two cats we know it would be a disaster so we don't put a tree up.
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Old 12-18-07, 09:40 AM   #13
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He takes the tissue papers out of the Christmas bags and rips them all up!
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Old 12-18-07, 09:50 AM   #14
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Ohhh yes, have had several family cats either stuck half way up, tipped the tree over, ruined ornaments, etc.

Came home one day early and my new little dog comes running at me all sorts of happy - and skids across the kitchen floor ... leaving red streaks. I thought the worst! So I grabbed her and her mouth was a brilliant red ---- she had fun while I was at work - taking the shiny fake apples out of the silver bowl on the table - and destroying them on the carpet - there was red stuff everywhere.

And what family with an animal hasn't had a bout with ...

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the dreaded tinsel that is neither in nor out
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Old 12-18-07, 10:47 AM   #15
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Nope, except for wondering why this big "thing" is in the living room - my dog could care less about the tree, or the presents under it.
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Except for using my wifes hand made tree skirt for a bathroom, or bed, no real problems. Any we have had many pets, cats and dogs.
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No, but after Christmas, when all the neighbors' trees are out on the curb to be picked up, Grover likes to pee on them (I think he wants to make sure they won't be re-used).
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Ha! When I was a teenager, we had a split entry house and a 6.5-foot tree and a tiny 5 pound cat.

One night the cat managed to not only climb up the tree and tip it over, she gave it enough momentum to flip over the railing and down onto the lower level. It was so spectacular that we couldn't get upset. A mess, yes, and I will never forget it. Of course the last thing we were thinking about was taking a picture.

And as soon as we got it set back up, the cat went right back into the tree to take a nap.
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Nothing major - the dogs tails send a lot of needles flying when they're wagging next to the tree. Our former dog had a pretty hard tail that would bat the ornaments across the room. The cat couldn't care less about the tree.
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Over the years none of our 6 dogs have caused a problem but the Grand kids sure have!
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I own an English Mastiff, Great Dane and St. Bernard. I can't put anything within a tail's reach on the lower half of the tree. Ornaments will go flying off. The mastiff only knocked over the tree once. He was playing and backed up into it.
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I own an English Mastiff, Great Dane and St. Bernard. I can't put anything within a tail's reach on the lower half of the tree. Ornaments will go flying off. The mastiff only knocked over the tree once. He was playing and backed up into it.
I hear ya, the great tail of justice! Anything at a Dane's tail height: ornaments, decorations on end tables, coffee tables, and there's always the dreaded tail whip to the jewels to watch for.
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I own an English Mastiff, Great Dane and St. Bernard. I can't put anything within a tail's reach on the lower half of the tree. Ornaments will go flying off. The mastiff only knocked over the tree once. He was playing and backed up into it.
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