Have you ever heard the saying “Curiosity killed the cat” well as a cat fan I know this to be true. They will explore with fearless intent and often end up in trouble up a pole or stuck in a hole somewhere. For those of us that have a Christmas tree the trouble is not stopping the dog trying to pee on it, it is from the cats getting themselves stuck in it…
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10 – “I will just wait here until Santa comes, and then….BOOM! I will pounce.”
TIP: Once inside the house tries and position your Christmas tree away from any heat sources or cold spots such as radiators, open fires or cold draughty vents or windows! The heat will dry out your tree faster and sudden cold spurts will make the trees open pours close up!
9 – “I was just looking for some Candy! ..found it!”
TIP: Remember to keep the Christmas tree topped up with water. They can drink an incredible 2-3 pints (1-2 litres) of water each and everyday! And yes they will need it Christmas day as well even though you will have very little spare time.
8 – “Can you please just drop the camera and help me out of here!?”
TIP: By choose a good variety, such as a Nordman, citrus-scented Douglas fir it will mean they are more expensive than the traditional spruce trees but they will often hold their needles much, much better!
7 – “If you don’t think I should be in here, write your opinions down & send them to Santa.”
TIP: As a general rule to follow get a stand that is 1 inch for every foot tall it is! Nothing too hard to follow here, if a tree is 6 1/2 foot get a 7 inch stand!
6 – “Me?!? In the Christmas tree again?!? No, I wouldn’t do that!”
TIP: Place your tree in plain water! No soil, sand or anything else which might block the pores in the bark. This is best done by just using a stand and a bucket of water directly under the main trunk.
5 – “Ohh! So, so pretty. Must touch, taste, DESTROY!”
TRY: Try not to expose the tree to sudden changes in temperature by placing it into a warm room from outside straight away. Try to leave the house as cold as possible before bringing it inside.
4 – “I am the spirit of Christmas and I am here to tell you the dog has been naughty!”
TIP: Just before you take the Christmas tree in the house you should saw off the bottom of the trunk! The reason is it creates a fresh cut and opens up the pores in the bark which will enable the tree to drink making it much, much stronger.
3 – “You touch the star you make a wish….I wish I had more cat food!”
TIP: I know from first-hand experience that you want your tree to be the centrepiece of any festive arrangement. But consider placing the tree out of sight of any windows or main doors. This time of year thousands of homes is broken into just for the trees let alone the presents!
2 – “I see a bright light….I must….I must….I must….bite it!”
TIP: Once you get your tree home don’t take it directly into the house, place the tree in a cool, dry place out of the wind for at least 24hrs.This will make the tree stronger which means fewer pine needles will fall out.
1 – “Am I dying? I must go towards the Angel…must follow her.”
TIP: Always try to ensure you get a fresh tree. This is best done by going direct to the grower or a local Christmas tree farm. When in doubt about where it might have come from just ask!