Cat and Tree

The cat took up residence in the boughs of the Christmas tree two days after Christmas. There was nothing really to do for it, as the cat refused to come out of the tree, biting and hissing whenever anyone tried to reach in to extricate the cat. They suspected the cat would come down at night and eat and use the litter box, but the mice could also be sampling the dry food since the cat was not on patrol to deter them. Mostly, they left the cat alone, but began to despair about the tree; after a while, once the ornaments had been stored for the season, the bristles became dry and the family feared for the disposition of the cat as well as the increasing fire hazard of the tree.