The cats were quite fascinated by the new arrival and went to sniff it, a few even to try to bite it. But its needles are sharp, and therefore most of the cats only tried that once.
His interaction with the tree went something like this:
*bite* "OW, that hurt!"
*bite* "Maybe I shouldn't bite this..."
*bite* "It STILL hurts!"
Then he stalks off for awhile, then comes back and tries again. He's so entertainly stupid. He also spends a lot of time glaring at it.