House cats are descended from some of the mightiest predators in the animal kingdom. While this might not be apparent when they are leisurely nibbling on canned tuna or snuggling up by the radiator, the best way to unleash the primordial beast inside them is set up a Christmas tree in your house. The second they see that remnant from the outdoor world, they must do one thing and one thing only: conquer it. Thus, here are 17 cats that should be nowhere near a Christmas tree. 

1. This tree-hugging hippie cat.