A cat owner this week shared a festive game he plays at home with thousands of delighted internet users.
Reddit user u/bunzarelli shared photos of his Christmas tree in a festive “spot the cat” game with forum users r/aww.
They asked, “Can you find her in each photo?”
In eight photos, the kitten is hiding in the Christmas tree decorations and people are excited to find where the cat, named Squilly, was hiding.
“Ok, best game I’ve played in a while,” said one commenter, while another wrote, “This made my day! What a great game.”
“It’s really fun,” said another response. “You could put them in a book.”
“We adopted her in February so this is her first vacation with us,” said u/bunzarelli Newsweek. “She climbed into the tree exactly one second after I finished turning on the lights. I didn’t even have a chance to hang any decorations until she was in the tree. Then, I decided to hang only my soft decorations this year.”
After days of Squilly finding her way up the tree, her owners started playing the game of guessing where she might be, and now that’s also blocking people online.
“Super cute! A good distraction on my lunch break,” said one commenter, while another said, “I literally gasped ‘aw!’ When I spotted her.”
Others were amazed that the cat could be trusted around the Christmas tree. One commenter said: “She must be gentle on your tree. Our 10 month old cat has been deleting ornaments, fairy lights and knocking piles of pine needles down.”
“So far she hasn’t damaged the tree,” u/bunzarelli said. “I just removed ornaments.”
If you’re looking to keep your feline friend away from the Christmas tree this season, PETA has some tips.
“Most cats hate tin foil and citrus smells,” they suggest. “So wrap your tree trunk in foil and place some lemon and orange zest around the base.”
Other ideas for keeping Christmas uneventful while the cats are around include keeping your tree away from “throwing areas” like couches or other furniture that can help your cat pounce.
It’s also wise to place ornaments up high or towards the center where it’s harder for your cat to grab them. Also, be sure to pay attention to lights and keep wires organized so cats aren’t tempted to chew on them.
“I play a daily game to try and spot her myself, so I thought Reddit might like to join me,” the cat’s owner said. “I’m just happy to see that people like trying to spot her.”
If you still can’t find Squilly, don’t despair, we’ve put together an answer key to get you out of your misery.