Zzzzzzzz… Crash!

We were awaken at 4:20 this morning by a loud noise in the living room. It wasn’t the kind of noise that wakes you up and you lie there and think, “Hmm, I wonder what that was.” This was a sit straight up in bed and yell, “Holy S%#!, What the H*#! was that?!” kind of noise.

Rose thought Puck jumped up on the china cabinet and knocked her porcelain stocking holder down… again. Unfortunately, that was not what happened. We got up to discover our Christmas tree lying on its side and Chris and Puck standing next to it like they were as surprised as we were. I don’t know who was responsible but those two tend to get frisky during the night and take turns chasing each other around the house. I’m sure one chased the other into the tree.

Christmas tree after cats knocked it over.20131230_Fallen tree_187This was not how we wanted to take down the tree. We planned on getting a plastic box or bag designed for Christmas trees since I threw away the box it came in (the glue attracts cockroaches), but yesterday was Rose’s birthday and she didn’t feel like dealing with Wal-Mart, the only store near us that would carry such an item. I didn’t blame her, Wal-Mart is always a huge hassle.

The first thing we had to do was get as much broken glass up as we could before someone cut their foot. I missed a piece that Chris found and picked it up and started chewing on it. I tried to get him to drop it but he wouldn’t so I had to pick him up and shake him until he let go. Later, when we picked up all the candy canes, we discovered many had been chewed on. I think Chris was chewing on candy canes while we were putting ornaments away. Perhaps he thought the broken glass was part of a candy cane.

If there are any readers out there that have never had children and are considering it, I would suggest you get a couple of cats first for practice.



32 thoughts on “Zzzzzzzz… Crash!

  1. PigLove

    Oh dear Lord. That had to be a harsh way to wake up in the middle of the night. On the other hoof, I’m so glad someone else’s tree got *tired* and decided to lay down. Ours did this last year. I have no clue what happened – just like your purr things. Looks around innocently. XOXO – Bacon

      1. PigLove

        Snorts – good luck with that. Mom/dad didn’t have a tree this year. They elected for a Christmas Mickey Mouse lamp pole – long story. But it didn’t move one iota – even when I used it as a scratching post – snorts. XOXO – Bacon

          1. PigLove

            Snorts – it has a very heavy base. And of course it’s Mickey Mouse so it is strictly off limits to us anipals here at the Hotel Thompson. That helps to know that mom put the fear of death in us about that pole – snorts. XOXO – Bacon

              1. PigLove

                Snorts – yeah one of our purr things here – Hemi – is like the fear factor cat. He does things to show he has no fear. But he’s not touched that pole lamp – snorts. I guess mommy got through to him. Good luck! XOXO – Bacon

  2. onespoiledcat

    Now that’s what I call a “rude awakening” !! Thank heavens nobody was hurt (except obviously that broken glass could have been a disaster for sure) but what a scare that had to have been. You have a whole year to figure out some safe way to secure the tree before next Christmas rolls around…..GOOD LUCK!!!


  3. Savannah's Paw Tracks

    ROFLMTO!! Thank goodness we only had one that was 24 inches…fake…Savannah would never do anything but Sage…she likes to be up high! Glad you got to it before those litter twits had any more time to find stuff to chomp on

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      That is a good point. If the tree had fallen while we were at work, things could have been very bad. I wanted to get a little tree (or just use our little porcelain tree) but my wife would not hear of it.

  4. the PDX pride

    Oh, no! Two years ago, our tree fell down a LOT. It scared most of us, all but the two who kept climbing it. πŸ˜‰ Last year, though, no one bothered the tree at all. This year, we didn’t even have a tree because we have a 1-year-old foster cat (read: kitten-like youngster) and didn’t want to deal with it.

    When our mommy was growing up, her grandpa always anchored the tree to the ceiling and the wall, as well as had it in a floor stand. If it was in the middle of a room, it was anchored to the ceiling and in a floor stand. That helped considerably!

    Glad you got Chris to give you the piece of glass and no one got hurt!

  5. fozziemum

    So the question is answered..if a xmas tree falls in loungeroom and nobody is there…yes it does make a noise…rotters !!! lucky they didn’t get hurt..ours has been left unmolested..the only time we had problems was with foster kittens…seven or eight little monsters at it …argggghhh good luck with the solution…no idea πŸ™‚ hugs Fozziemum xxx


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