The final piece of the cat-resistant Christmas tree stand arrived!
Lights, camera, action — a tree that stays standing, even with 3 cats on it.
In case my pet posts or Instagram wasn’t an indicator, I have 5 cats. Yeah, I might be the Crazy Cat Lady, but they’re a joy to have around.
Alas, cats and Christmas Trees don’t always get along. With 3 kittens, I sincerely doubted I’d be able to have one this year.
However, last weekend, I had a thought: Christmas tree stands are light. Patio umbrella stands are heavy. They usually start at 20 lbs (9 kg) and go up from there. Lowes had just two left: one plastic you fill with sand and this white one.
I opted for the white one. It’s 20 lbs (9 kg) and a combination of cast iron, concrete, and resin.
So Leia, Arwen, and Kova are some of my best decisions. However, three kittens and Christmas trees didn’t sound like a good thing. Then I had the thought: patio umbrella stand for a Christmas tree stand! So far only Kova was brave enough to check it out. We’ll see what the girls think when they come out of hiding. #catsagram #catsofinstagram #cats #cat #catlover #catlover #catsagram #kittensofinstagram #kitten #kittens #christmastree
The stand held beautifully the past week. At one point, Leo was halfway up the tree with the Princess Kittens in hot pursuit.
The only problem was that it’s 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter and the Christmas tree is only 1 inch (2.5 cm). It didn’t tip, but it still wobbled and shook really bad if a cat climbed it. Hard enough to shake all the ornaments off. (I hadn’t put any ornaments on yet.) I sorted through the plumbing sections for a reducer or adapter. No dice.
Then I found an Olympic barbell/dumbbell adapter on Amazon. It’s meant to convert a 1 inch (2.5 cm) barbell to an Olympic regulation 2 inches (5 cm) diameter.
All the measurements lined up, I decided to give it a shot. I selected one that was powder-coated steel. (Every little bit of weight helps.)
It fits perfectly! It slips almost entirely inside the patio umbrella stand. I haven’t tightened the bolts down yet, so it does rotate. However: No more wiggle!