Sunday, December 12, 2010

move like cagey tigers

I can only assume that she likes it.

I grew a pot of cat grass for the Slightly Retarded Kitty, in anticipation of needing an enticing distraction from the Christmas tree that we bought this weekend. She doesn't actually eat much of the grass, but she has been burrowing her face in it. A little while ago, she draped herself over it and lay on it.

I am taking that as a sign of acceptance.

I have to admit I was concerned that she would attempt to climb the tree, but after an initial exploratory batting of the lower branches and a dipping of the paw into the tree water, she seems to be content to lie on the tree skirt, basking in the warmth of the lights. That ramrod straight tail has knocked off a couple of low-hanging ornaments, but we are giving her the benefit of the doubt on that one.

She has yet to discover that the fireplace mantle is now piled high with fir, cedar and pine boughs. I'm looking forward to the tightrope walking demonstration that will ensue once she figures it out.

How do your animals handle Christmas?


Wandering Coyote said...

In the past all Juno has really been interested in is the tree skirt. She is all about the tree skirt - the plusher, the better. Not too into ornaments, but very much into impersonating a present.

Toccata said...

Butterscotch waits in the wings for me to put on the last ornament then out she creeps and looks and stalks out her prey as in which ornament to I swack first. She only seems to swack a couple and then she gets bored with the whole tree thing. She is much more into playing with the Christmas paper and ribbons. Tie a ribbon to anything and she thinks it's hers.

Ocaringo, that's tonight's word verification. I rather like that. I'm thinking of turning it into an exclamatory word. Ocaringo, I won!

Karen said...

Our cats just try to play with the balls on the bottom layers. Every morning we walk into the living room and have to "redecorate". By Christmas though they're content to just sit under the tree and enjoy the coziness snuggled up against their presents.

And our boys all love cat grass! They nibble on it but also, like your SRK, curl up on it when we have a big patch on the balcony in the summer. I think because its soft and cool.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

WC, there is no finer gift than a warm happy cat curled up on the tree skirt, not playing with ornaments.

I can't wait to see what Ramona is like with the Christmas wrapping, Toccata. She is quite the newspaper vanquisher, so I assume she will dispatch gift wrap with similar efficiency. Curiously, she is not a box sitter.

How do they know which presents are theirs, Karen? Or are they like all cats and assume that they are all theirs?
Ramona likes to drape herself over things she likes and claims as hers. That and the softness and fresh smell of the grass must be irresistible at this time of year.

Anonymous said...

jake the jerk dog looks as it as just another time of year. I'm glad that he has never lifted his leg on the tree.

L said...

I'm impressed you thought to prepare with a distraction. My dog does nothing differently when the decorations come out. She's the most adaptable creature I think I've ever met.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

If Jake has never lifted his leg to the Christmas tree, then he is not such a jerk after all, Kelly.

What an easy dog to live with, Lesley! I'll bet Santa brings her something very nice every year.

John Mutford said...

I used to have a cat that ate tinsel and the litter box was never so festive. Our current kitty just seems to ignore the holiday-- then we've also banned tinsel.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Nothing says Christmas like a sparkly litter box, John!

Volly said...

We don't have a tree, but Simon does, and chances are, this will be the last year for it:

We do have a toy frog that hangs from the ceiling fan and croaks "Jingle Bells." Our cat Precious is afraid of it.