This was my first holiday season as a cat owner. I’ve seen the countless videos of cats viciously attacking trees, ornaments, and other decorations. So, needless to say, I was slightly apprehensive to see how my cats would react to the glittery and shiny additions to our apartment.
Fortunately, when my roommate and I brought home our tree and adorned it with ornaments, the cats seemed unphased. They were content to remain couch potatoes and completely ignored the pine in our living room. I was lulled into believing that we were in the clear.
A few days later, my mom sent me a little package containing some festive decorations for my apartment. Inside, was a shiny tinsel tree. Indeed, it looked just like a five-foot tall cat toy. For approximately the first 30 seconds that it was standing, it was ignored. As soon as I turned my back, my lazy cat was off his throne faster than I could have ever imagined. When I turned around, he was investigating the tinsel tree, attempting to bite off the shiny sequins and ribbons.
Seeing a foreign body surgery in the making, I packed up the tinsel tree and realized that my cat is indeed capable of the holiday attacks that grace computer screens and YouTube channels. Luckily, with the overly shiny objects safely packed away, he returned to “Lazy Cat” mode and assumed his spot on the couch, ready to ignore Christmas once again.