This is Miss Minnie. (Her name is Minnie but I just have to add the "Miss" because it IS her personality. She owns the place.)
And that is Miss Minnie hiding(?) at the back my Christmas tree in 1997. I would have loved having the whole tree decorated but she was just a kitty toddler (must have been her terrible two's...or is that 7's???) and loved climbing my tree. She still loves it when I get the tree out because she likes to nibble on the branches, but her climbing days are over.
I miss those days! As much of a pain she was, it was fun.
So, I look forward to my Dear Bebe growing and growing, running around, and getting into things. Anything valuable or family heirloom related will be placed up higher than she can reach.
The rest will have to be plastic for awhile. And just in case Bebe has a need to climb the tree, we've got the baby gates! We bought them two years ago to keep the cats out of the formal living area. Unfortunately two of the cats figured out how to hurdle them right away. Miss Minnie didn't figure it out (or was too lazy) for at least a year.
And hopefully someday, Dear Bebe will enjoy antiquing with me... and we can replace whatever may break during these discovery years. I can't wait.