I knew some people who’d set up an elaborate miniature Christmas village under the tree every year. Their big longhaired cat would delicately pick his way through the little pieces and curl up right in the middle of it, like a big orange mountain. It looked charmingly surreal.
My cat always climbs the tree and rests peacefully in the upper branches. She has never broken an ornament or toppled the tree.
It was my son in law’s aunt who ended up knocking the tree over and breaking several irreplaceable antique family heirloom ornaments.
This is my friend’s cat. Some years ago folks on meh sent some money to his vet and saved his life. He is still going strong 5ish years later (he is, I think 7 or 8 right now). He usually is in the tree each year. She ties it up so it doesn’t fall.
We have six cats. One or more cats will end up in the tree each year. They’ve never toppled the tree, but we always tether it to at top and bottom, so it’s beyond our cats’ ability to do so. I think they’ve only ever broken one ornament, and it was an inconsequential glass ball type, not one we care about.