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Cats Having Fun For Christmas!

Updated on August 29, 2015

Who Said Cats Were Boring!

Christmas was never a dull moment at our house ever since we acquired cats.

All the festivities brought the kitten out in everyone of them no matter how old they were. Maybe it was that curiosity of "what you got in the box" attitude but there they were right in the middle of everything.

One sunny afternoon before Christmas three of them decided to take a nap together.

From left to right : Samantha (Sammy) lilac point Siamese, Andy seal point Siamese and Rascal (female) seal point Siamese.

All photos on this lens are mine.

Cats Need Gifts Too - Make your cat happy!

Tripper having more fun at Christmas
Tripper having more fun at Christmas

Trip, the Big White Cat

We called him Tripper

He was our first cat together. We got him back in 1970 shortly after our daughter turned 3 years old and he was an only cat for 10 years.

On his first Christmas we had got a flocked tree. We decorated it with gold and red glass balls and it was really pretty. Everything was fine until Tripper got to open his Christmas present. He was so excited about it and started tossing it up in the air. Somehow he threw it up in the tree and not sure what happened, but soon the tree came crashing to the floor. Off flew some of the ornaments, luckily only a few broke.

He had many a Christmas after that and always managed to get in the middle of the fun, but he never did topple anymore trees.

Tripper having more fun with another Christmas toy.

Freckles helping with the decorations
Freckles helping with the decorations

Freckles Helping With The Decorations

Your in the way ... you get to wear a bow!

They can be sleeping and as soon as the boxes enter the living room everybody is a wake and in the way.

Always fair game! Since they want to get involved and take things out of the boxes or jump in the boxes, they get to wear the ribbons.

It takes a lot longer to decorate a tree when the cats are following behind you and taking them off as fast as you can put them on.

Andy swinging a bear ornament
Andy swinging a bear ornament

Andy, The Wild One

He loved to swing bear ornaments around!

Andy would pull the little felt bears off the tree and grab them by the string and swing them back and forth.

He also like to chase the other cats around the tree or through the presents under the tree. He used to chase them through the branches and get caught up on the string of lights.

By the time Christmas was over and time to take the tree down, it looked pretty bad on the bottom third of the tree. With the tree being constantly undecorated by the gang and the lights being pulled off the branches many times it was looking quite miserable. But they had fun and we had a lot of laughs.

Andy Checking Things Out

Pearched on top of gifts he got a better look!

Andy always had to get up and see what kind of trouble he could get into.

Lower branches were easy to pick stuff off, but why not go for the more interesting stuff up higher.

My daughter tried to get them to run across the packages in hopes they might tear some of the paper off so she could get a glimpse of what might be inside.

Rascal getting ornaments off the tree
Rascal getting ornaments off the tree

Rascal Getting Ornaments Off The Tree

How many more did you say you wanted?

Rascal taking ornaments off the tree while Andy is watching. As you will see there are a few on the floor beside the cats.

We had incorporated unbreakable ones for the sake of the cats. We also didn't want them to get hurt and so we had either felt base ones or unbreakable balls. They loved to pull them off and bat them all around the house.

We got up one morning and found they managed to have 11 ornaments off the tree. It was amazing how many times I decorated the tree each season!

One year Rascal decided it would be a good idea to climb the tree. She got about half way up and got pitch on her foot. She was not a happy camper and never tried that again. Very glad that deterred her, otherwise who knows what would have happened.

Christmas Card 2012 - Outside of Christmas Card

Christmas card outside
Christmas card outside

This is my annual Christmas card to family and friends. If you have checked out my other lens about Maggie you will know that she has been blind for over a year. We don't put up a tree now, we just decorate our fan. Below this outside card you will find the inside of the card. They have been sized to fit this format.

Christmas Card 2012 - Inside of Christmas card

Christmas card inside
Christmas card inside

Andy and Freckles - Which one did you say you wanted?

Freckles - Get really tired after undecorating the tree for the 10th time today!

Freckles taking a nap
Freckles taking a nap

Patches and Holly - Jumping and playing in the paper is so much fun!

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Comments are Welcome - Does your cat do anything crazy at Christmas?

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      Mary Stephenson 3 years ago from California

      @Meganhere: With my blind cat that is still going strong at 16 years we will again not have a Christmas tree on the floor. But I fondly remember the laughter we had with all the cats coming back to kitten stage with the tree in the house. Well at least if your cat only takes one decoration off the tree, it probably doesn't look a disaster area by the time the holiday is over. Thank you for dropping by and leaving a comment.

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      Meganhere 3 years ago

      They are so sweet but cats can be challenging at Christmas time. My Siamese always takes the same decoration off the tree. It's a little gold bell on a red rope and he whisks it off the tree and runs away with it. We can hear him tinkling all through the house.

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @WriterJanis2: Thank you. They were a lot of joy to have and the pictures bring back all the memories of Christmases past.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Your cats are absolutely adorable!

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @TommysPal: I could never imagine life without cats. People that think cats are boring have never really got to know them. You have to earn their love and respect. Some think that cats are aloof. Bring a box in the house and see how aloof they really are. Anything new the cats seem to gravitate towards. Although now with Maggie being blind, she doesn't do well with new stuff in her way.

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      TommysPal 4 years ago

      What fun. I have a small tree that I keep up all year. My three cats finally got bored with it but it use to be knocked over every morning. Cat's are awesome.

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @Mandy Stradley: Oh how cute. I am sure she will have a blast with Christmas. Even my oldest cat loved it when we brought out the tree. Brought the kitten out in her. But now that we still have Maggie, who is blind, we cannot have a floor tree. She has been blind for 2 years, she will be 16 on the 18th of June. Thought we were going to lose her a few times, but she has rallied around and doing fine. Although very verbal since she has been blind...I guess compensating for not being able to see.

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      Mandy Stradley 4 years ago

      I have a 7 toed kitten and I'm excited to see what Christmas brings! She may just knock over the tree!

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      Jean DAndrea 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Cats give us so much fun and pleasure, don't they? Couldn't be without one.

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @yarfodg: It was fun going through all the old photos and it brought back many Christmas memories of all the cats over the years. Maggie is still going strong and will be celebrating her 16th birthday on June 18th. She has been blind for 2 years now and many times over the past 20 months we thought we were going to lose her, but she has always been able to bounce back. Thank you for dropping by and leaving a comment.

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      yarfodg 4 years ago

      Great pics & info... Looks your had enjoyed writing this lens - Thanks for sharing!

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @TanoCalvenoa: Even the older cats got into the fun. It seemed as soon as the tree was in the house, it brought the kitten out in all of them. Anyways they are always good for a laugh. But I am sure that people did not appreciate the biting of ankles!

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      My cat would climb the tree and make it fall over (we had to stop using breakable ornaments). Or rip open presents. Or hide amongst the presents and jump out and bite people's ankles when they walk by. Crazy animal.

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @Dusty2 LM: Ah yes, the cats did spend lots of waking hours playing in the tree. But it was always fun. Thank you for commenting.

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      Nice lens and looks as though you were busy while the Xmas tree was up after your cats decided to rearrange the ornaments on the tree for you. Anyway. Thank You for visiting my Traditional Irish Stew Similar To Grandmas lens and giving it a "thumbs up" as I appreciate it. Hope you give the stew a try and will enjoy it. Bon Appetit! (^_-)

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @Jogalog: Christmas is always much more fun with the 4 legged kids around. They just get into the spirit of new things around the house and holiday smells.

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      Lovely cat pictures. It looks like you had a great Christmas.

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @Aibrean82: Thank you. Cats just love to get in the middle of things. And some think cats are boring!

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      Lovely photos! Our Norwegian forest cat enjoys undecorating the tree too...

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      LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Your furry family is so cute:)

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @Toy-Tester: They sure were a ton of laughs. They really enjoyed Christmas

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      Toy-Tester 4 years ago

      Those are some frisky felines having a very Merry Christmas...lol

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @SteveKaye: Cats and Christmas what better combination can you have. Kids are excited about Christmas, but then you get the whining afterwards. Cats are just a blast of fun, with NO complaining.

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      This is so cool. It's the cat's meow.

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @anonymous: Thank you very much. Glad you dropped by.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      nice Christmas cats

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @applejacking: Glad you liked the Christmas lens. You shall have to write about your dogs. Thank you for dropping by.

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      applejacking 4 years ago

      Cat is beautiful, specially for long and thick hair like Persian or Angora. But I have other lovely pets at home. 2 year Golden and little Chihuahua. They're my best pet ever.

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @anonymous: The tree usually looks good for the first hour after you have completed it. Then they start to undecorate it. You try to remember where you had this or that ornament and it never seems quite right. But they have so much fun racing around the tree and it brings even the oldest cat back to the days of being a kitten. So much fun to miss out on and the laughter. Since my oldest is blind now, there is no tree, unless you want to call my decorated fan a tree! Well we call it "Maggie's Tree". Put a big stuffed mouse at the bottom of it this year and she was tackling it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Every year I reconsider whether I should put our tree up or not, over Christmas we spend more time picking up the tree and redecorating after the cats have had their fun with it than anything else! - it has become our Christmas tradition :) Thanks for this sweet lens!

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @aussiejon: Do you really want to miss that cuteness? Good luck on trying to keep them out of the tree. I never had any luck on that, just tried to keep them from pulling it down. Andy used to chase the others out from under the tree, but would get wrapped around the string of lights. But this year and still having my blind cat with us, we are not putting up a tree. Did decorate my fan again this year and tied a large stuffed mouse at the bottom and now they are both having fun with that. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. Have fun with your kittens (aka "sort of adult cats").

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      aussiejon 4 years ago

      Last year our kittens used to love climbing the Christmas tree! they would poke their heads out at different levels and surprise us, so cute... will have to keep them out of it this year :)

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @Lemming13: Thank you dropping by. Some cats are so different than others. I like to think of my latest as having a sense of humor. She is one crazy cat and it is always making us laugh.

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @Jo-Jackson: Oh that is cute. My cats have all hated anything put on their tails. They would go for ribbons around their necks but not the tails. Of course the 2 I have now would probably not put up with that either!

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      Lemming13 4 years ago

      Your kitties are so cute! My old girl Elli was a crafty thing at Christmas; our other cats would climb the tree or bat at the ornaments, but she found the ones that were chocolate and sneakily helped herself. I didn't realise till I went to hoover behind the tree and found a little pile of shredded, slightly soggy foil. Great lens!

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      Jo-Jackson 4 years ago

      I used to have a cat that loved me to twirl a short piece of tinsel around his tail while we decorated the tree together. He would keep hs tail very straight and upright for as long as he could so it wouldn't fall off.

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @MariaMontgomery: Hi and thank you for the comment. They make it so much more fun.

      Merry Christmas to you also.

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      MariaMontgomery 4 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      What cute kitties! Adorably mischevious... Merry Christmas to you!

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @marsha32: Yes, and some folk think that cats are boring! Obviously people who have never had a cat or never interact with them. You have to earn their love and trust. My cats are always making me laugh each day. Being the fact that they are not kittens doesn't make a difference. They are just silly in their own way. Thanks for dropping by and I am sure your cats will have a fun Christmas.

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      marsha32 4 years ago

      I think our cats are crazy all year LOL

      I got a neat picture of the 3 of them laying under the Christmas tree the other day. It's neat how they love to lay under it....not neat when they want to play in it!

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @yourselfempowered: Thank you. So glad you liked it. They were just so much fun during the holidays.

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      Odille Rault 4 years ago from Gloucester

      Very cute Christmas Cat lens! :)

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @Faye Rutledge: Since Maggie went blind last year we will again have our fan decorated as a Christmas tree. But when we put up real or artificial trees our cats always thought it was fair game for loads of fun. Chew on the tree, take the decorations off and running around the tree over presents if they happen to be in the way. So much fun.

      Thank you for dropping by and leaving a comment.

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      I love your cute cats! My son has an artificial tree and every year when they take it out to put it up, his cat goes crazy for it. He wants to chew on it! After the tree is up and decorated, he will leave it alone and doesn't bother the decorations, but he does love to take a nap under the tree. Merry Christmas!

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @mecheshier: Cats so love something to get into when things are different. Surely all that stuff hanging from the tree was specifically put there for their enjoyment! Going through the albums and pulling out the pictures to scan brought back some fun memories. Thank you for dropping by and leaving a comment.

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      mecheshier 4 years ago

      Great lens, it reminds me of of when I had my cat. They sure love Christmas trees, don't they? Thanks for the nostalgic memories.

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @Melissa Miotke: Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. Love the crazy little clown cats, pet name I use for Siamese.

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      These cats are sooo cute!

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @AnimalHouse: So glad you liked this lens. It was a lot of fun making it. Brought back a lot of memories of all the cats we had.

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      AnimalHouse 4 years ago

      I love reading this lens. It's fun! Cats are fun! You're so lucky having them!

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @Sylvestermouse: Oh, I thought that was part of the fun with having cats. They can't do too much damage. When I had a real tree they would chew on the needles and throw it up...not too pleasant. But having indoor only cats now, the only logical way to go was with unbreakable stuff. Besides most of the time cats sleep while you are away. They usually get into more trouble when you are home as then they have a reason to be awake.

      Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      You are a very brave soul :) Since my daughter adopted my 3 grandkitties, she refuses to put up a Christmas tree. She fears what they would do while she is at work. lol

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @Virginia Allain: It sure brings the kitten out in them when there are so many distractions during Christmas. Besides all the decoration removal from the tree and racing around underneath the tree, they loved to jump at each other with the discarded wrapping paper. The noise and the hiding made for so much fun.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Ah, I know the scenario well. My cats loved all those dangling ornaments.

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @onyesvic: Glad you came by. Cats are pretty special. People have to earn their love, which makes them quite different than dogs.

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      onyesvic 4 years ago

      I love cats...they are special pets

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @IndigoJanson: Glad you enjoyed the lens. There was definitely a lot of laughs when we had the guys running through the tree. Thought many times they were going to pull the tree down, it did get to spin around on the hardwood floor when Andy would get caught up on the lights.

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      IndigoJanson 4 years ago

      I did enjoy this crazy cat Christmas with your feline friends. I can tell there's never a dull moment!

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @favored: Thank you for the coming by and checking out new lens. Pets can definitely make the holidays a lot more fun. Little things seem to bring out the fun side of them.

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      I love looking at pet photos, especially at Christmas. Cats can be so funny, they surely make my life brighter.

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @Celticep: Thank you for checking my guys out. Patches was my grandkitty. My daughter had moved away and came back with cat in tow, so she had remained with us for 3 years after which my daughter got married and took the cat to live with them. I realized after going through all the pictures, the last 3 cats have not had Christmas pictures. Thanks for your comment.

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      Celticep 4 years ago

      What gorgeous cats you have! Looks like they love your tree!

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @anonymous: Thank you for dropping by and checking out my Christmas cats. Just put it up the other day. Thought it would be fun to share. Doing it brought back fun memories of the laughter we had in those December months.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What a cute Christmas page this is. Your cats are adorable.

      Our cats loved to play with all the Christmas stuff. Fun to watch!