Setting up our fake Christmas tree this year, it became clear that a problem that surfaced last year was going to persist. Oliver’s kittenish playfulness has hardly subsided even as he’s grown much larger, and now we had ten pounds of cat climbing the tree, mashing down the branches, and threatening to dislodge and break any ornaments we dared to hang. Switching to a natural tree would, if anything, make the problem worse.
After thinking about it for a few days, and remembering a couple of old pieces of pegboard in the garage that were left over from another project, I designed and built cat-resistant “tree.” The pictures tell the story.
Storing the tree was easy, too. There’s enough play in the slot joint that the two halves fold flat, so now it’s leaning against the basement wall behind the box of ornaments, ready for redeployment next year.