Today for Christmas my mother and I watched videos of cats interacting with Christmas trees Neither one of us have a decorated tree this year and we're both cat lovers. After watching these vidoes, we realized our cats were relatively good in the past. I don't think my artificial tree is big enough or full-bodied enough to be enticing.
In the video below I think Shorty and Kodi get the prize for being the most "helpful."
A little while ago I wrote about knitted birds for Christmas. A friend of mine especially likes cardinals and I wanted to knit her one. I even bought the pattern. However, I was not very happy that it seemed like I had to buy an entire hank of gold yarn to knit a little, bitty gold beak. Then I noticed a drawing and did some investigation. Cardinals' beaks are red! I don't have to buy gold yarn.
Best piece of news I've had in a while. Now all I have to worry about is attaching the eye, without the little white felt circle since the bird obviously doesn't have that either.
Several years ago my mother moved into a very nice senior citizens' apartment complex, Bethany Village Apartments. Unfortunately she's allowed only one cat. Understandably her cat Susie is a little tubby and a little bored. I've mentioned cat agility exercises to my mother before, but she doesn't seem interested. I wonder if someone else would.
Here is a wonderful video demonstrating what cats can do:
I have one cat who goes into crazy zooming mode and runs from one end of the apartment to another and does what I call circuits around the living room. If she ate treats that were good for her, besides catnip, she might enjoy this.
Here I was just thinking it would be a good thing for high energy or tubby cats who are bored and need something to do. You know what it's like when a high energy cat is bored. They either bother you for attention, get into something they shouldn't or keep you up at night. Put the cat through the agility course a couple times and s/he should leave you alone for a while.
This in my mind was the most beautiful Christmas tree I ever had in all my life:
This is what a Christmas tree is supposed to look like, not one of those unnatural, bristly, upside-down cones that hardly have room for ornaments. This tree had one flaw but you can't tell. It had a bottom branch that hung too long, so I pulled it up with a wire and anchored it.
The fun began for the cats before I even had it up.
Unfortunately I have to deprive them of a real Christmas tree these days. I found out they release thousands of mold spores inside and I'm allergic to mold. I'll never find another tree like this anyway.