Seattle, Washington. The Allen family Christmas will never be quite the same…since Abby the Tabby ate their vintage artificial Christmas tree…ALL of it. Really you say? How is that even possible?
It was to be a dream vacation… two weeks in Hawaii …away from the winter snow, the housework, the Christmas rush and the household chores and pets. Everything was set. The mailman had been instructed to hold the mail, the neighbor kid employed to look after the house, and a trusted friend, just to help out, had offered to feed the cat and clean the litter-box, but what a litter-box …
"I knew there was a lot of pooh in the box when I cleaned it, more than there should be, but I thought she might be having friends over…I didn't even notice the tree was missing."
The family friend said that he cleaned the box and fed the cat, everyday but nothing in the house seemed disturbed, but when the Allen family returned the entire tree was gone and all that was left was the stand.
"That tree was over 50 years old. It was my first Christmas tree and now it's gone," Mr. Allen said.
Veterinarian, Dr. Callin Fido, says he sees a lot of this kind of behavior during the holidays.
"Cat's can be very protective of their owners. They see this alien tree in their house and they feel it is their civic duty to remove it, often piece by piece. In this case a cat left alone for two weeks with the evil tree invader it is not too hard to figure out how she did it. Time + Cat -Supervision = NO TREE." My advice to pet owners is…if you are going to be gone for an extended period of time, secure the tree."
So what are the Allen's going to do next year of a Christmas tree? " We might be decorating poison ivy…don't ask me today…I'm that pissed off.
Happy New Year to everyone and have a great, safe and fun year.