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Christmas with Savannahs

AundreaLea

Site Supporter
#1
OK, this will be the first real Christmas with my boys. I had Ulysses and Jackson last year, but they were only 3 months old. The biggest problem I had was poop on the Christmas tree skirts. How do you handle things like Christmas trees and decorations? I put up three trees - 1 real and 2 artifical. I'm torn about the Christmas village I inherited from my mother-in-law. It sits on the console below the TV. But I've allowed the cats to use this as a passage between their two cat trees. Besides giving up, any suggestions?
 

Jeni

Aniyah's mommy
#2
I have zero suggestions, as this is our first Christmas with Aniyah (she will be almost 7 months by Christmas). I myslef have been contemplating whether or not to even put a tree up? Or stockings? I have several little mini-trees and just one large tree. My children would never let me get away without decorating somehow:confused: Can't wait to read the answers to your question!!!
 

Julie

Savannah Super Cat
#3
We got full new ornaments, all hard plastic and survive to becoming a toy.

We got a short 3ft live potted tree, as the 7ft fake was too light at the base.

Um... yeah no small part or items on places that belong currently to the savannahs or you'll loose your mind saying no and they won't get why suddenly you're taking away an area they prior could play.
 

Pam Flachs

Savannah Super Cat
#4
After going a few years without a tree and most decorations because the cats wouldn't leave them alone, I tried again last year and was successful. I used a 5' artificial tree, and hung plastic ornaments (no metal hooks!), sadly keeping my heirloom glass ones packed away :( I did not use any garland, nor any ornaments that were particularly dangly or otherwise attractive to cats. I went the minimalist route, but had quite a few ornaments on the tree so it satisfied me. I was pleasantly surprised at the really nice ornaments I found at several dollar stores...and plastic! I did not use a skirt, but inserted the tree trunk into a wide based metal stand for stability. Not one cat bothered the tree; and it was placed in an area that the cats don't occupy, such as where a cat tree might have been. I didn't put any packages under it; I was just happy to have a tree for the holidays :)

I think your Christmas village will have to find a new spot, or can you perhaps rig up a glass barrier...maybe use an old window?

I know Kristine Allessio has great luck with all-out decorating for Christmas with cats....hopefully she and others will share their experiences!
 

Pam Flachs

Savannah Super Cat
#5
I have zero suggestions, as this is our first Christmas with Aniyah (she will be almost 7 months by Christmas). I myslef have been contemplating whether or not to even put a tree up? Or stockings? I have several little mini-trees and just one large tree. My children would never let me get away without decorating somehow:confused: Can't wait to read the answers to your question!!!
By all means, try the stockings and mini trees...they may or may not get pulled off or batted around! Try using museum putty under the mini trees. I hung a few stockings on the fireplace, and for the most part they were left alone.

My most important suggestion is to not use anything that might be dangerous if ingested: small ornaments, hooks, garland, icicles, etc.
 

AundreaLea

Site Supporter
#6
My DSH, Wlker, I had before the Savannahs left everything alone. He love to hid under the trees, tho. He would get so excited as I started to put them up. My home is the site foe both sides of the family Christmas parties. And I just love this time of year. It seems that everything I have has special meaning and needs to go out. I've already start removing things for the front room where the tree goes that are there for the cats. They have things in every room, so it's not like they're being depraved. I may move the cat trees to different areas soon as well. Looking forward to folks suggestions.
 

Brigitte Cowell

Moderator
Staff member
#8
I put breakable ornaments that I love in a glass cabinet on a little ornament tree also...

Last year I tried hanging some things from the ceiling as I saw someone was successful with that, but it was too fascinating a challenge for the kitties so I don't think I will repeat that this year!