Cat unable to destroy Christmas tree thanks to bizarre fear of nectarines

Victor the cat is a vivacious and adoring cat but beyond his confidence, lies a deep seated fear of….fruit.

Since he was a little kitten, Victor’s mother found that the one thing he despises the most is tangerines.

“We were together on the couch, I grabbed a tangerine and, as I began to peel it, he hissed and ran away,” Irene Olocco, Victor’s mom, revealed to The Dodo.

Olocco then quickly realized that any similar orange fruits didn’t mix well when Victor was around — and Victor would steer clear.

Image via Irene Olocco

So when Victor started to get naughty and continue to ignore his mom when she yelled at him to stop playing with ornaments, she decided to whip out a secret weapon.

She decided to place nectarines all around the Christmas tree and not so surprisingly, her plan worked!

“I was sick of yelling at him to not touch the balls,” Olocco said. “In the middle of the morning I decided to eat a tangerine and the brilliant idea struck … It worked immediately!”

Better luck next time, Victor!