So Twelfth Night is upon us which means that it is time to take down our Christmas decorations. Last year we didn't bother with a tree since we were concerned that our two new kittens may think that it was a climbing frame. But now that Barney and Boo are all grown up we thought that they would quickly realise that they should be respectful to the tree. Our old cat Ben used to totally ignore it. Despite being artificial (pine needles are not compatible with cats paws) it is a pretty nice tree that we have had for over 10 years. As you can see from this picture, the cats were suitably impressed when the tree went up.
This was not to last.
Whilst Barney would occasionally bat a bauble about a bit, Boo moved into full on demolition mode. Even though the tree is six feet tall and Boo is only little, he has managed to strip at least three quarters of it. Even thought the branches are just made of wire and have the weight bearing properties of tissue paper he managed to slither his way up to wreak more havoc. We keep finding tree decorations all over the house where he has pulled them off and then hidden them. It would be no exaggeration to say that 80% of the decorations have disappeared. I think if we had left the tree up for another week it would have ended up looking like the yucca plant next to it.
So thanks to Boo, where I would normally be carefully packing the tree away until next Christmas, this year it is a trip down to the waste tip with the sorry looking article (the tree, not Boo). If only we could find his secret criminal lair we could tell him off.