Monday, December 13, 2010

Advice Please

We can keep out cat out of our Christmas tree. If it weren't for the fact that it was fake and has built in lights - it would have no decoration at all. Even the angel on top is ready to jump shit.

Not amount of "time outs" work. Not amount of hauling by the scruff of the neck teaches the lesson.

We're at our witts end (not far to go in the first place, mind you), and don't know what to do for Christmas. Can we get away without actually decorating it?

There's an actual hallow all the way around the middle were he's bent down all the branches.

We don't know what to do next, and euthanasia seems like a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

What do you do with a problem like Pirate?


Captain Poolie the Pirate said...

Well.....with a cat named are shit out of luck.

Put some balloons in the tree.

Good Timing said...

Water bottle to squirt him? I know some cats hate it, but some love it, so eh, who knows??

Plastic ornaments??

My dog keeps eating the plug in cord for the tree....driving me nuts!

LJ said...

Poolie - He came with that name, as his entire litter was named after cookies. With the exception of one kitten they named "Roy". Maybe thats where we went wrong. We should have picked "Roy" .....

Lindzee - Water doesn't work. He loves the stuff and thinks its another game. Plastic ornaments or not - they'd still get scattered around the house - another 'toy' to contend with.

The Bumbles said...

Give him his own tree. Made of catnip. And felted ornaments.

Is he still a kitten? If so, your only recourse is time.

Lin said...

Train under the tree. And you make it go round and round lots of times to scare the crap out of the cat. It's worth it's weight in gold, I tell ya. :)

Other than that, you just may have to go with no ornaments. And laugh about it for years to come.

cardiogirl said...

I wondered why Lin had such an extensive train set for Christmas. I wonder if the hobos have arrived yet.

Carolyn said...

I too have cats that love water. The younger one often gets into the shower with Shelby! The only way we can stop them from doing something naughty (or dangerous) is to spray them with compressed air (the kind you use to clean your keyboard.) Good luck!

LJ said...

Bumbles - Pirate thinks he owns the entire house and we're his servants, so giving him his own tree just won't hold water. Thankfully - with rare exception - both the cats have stayed away from my felting supplies. I'd like to keep it that way.

Lin - No ornaments seems to be the flavour of the day. "Laugh about if for years ...." - we're not quite there yet. We're still at the point of maiming the little blighter. He's 3 and a half, and has had a "personality" since my husband picked him out at 7 weeks old. Something tells me he isn't mellowing with age.

CG - I forgot to mention that the train idea was tried two Christmas ago. Admittedly his attention to playing in the tree was only slightly dampened by his enthusiasm for knocking the train cars off the tracks. I swear I saw him LOL everytime it happened.

Carolyn - I LOVE the compressed air idea! I am SOOOOO going to try that when I get home.

Lin said...

CG--The Hobos are IN THE HOUSE! Yes!