1. You probably have to go to work every day, and it can get REALLY boring hanging out around the house all day. There is probably already an assortment of toys on hand to keep your kitty occupied. But some cats get tired of playing with the same old toys, day after day, year after year. Get your cat a new assortment of toys, and bag up the old toys for a surprise visit next spring.
2. I LOVE treats. Watch me tear the paper off my present if you buy me a nice assortment of treats. My family has a jar for my treats, like a cookie jar, and when I hear that lid rattle – I’ll come running from the far end of the house. So, if you don’t have a treat jar, you could buy one of those too.
3. Get your cat a City Kitty Climber. Now I already have one, but it’s my goal to get a climber for every door in the house! How cool would that be – running up and down the climber in one room, racing to the next room and doing it again, racing to the next room … And what great exercise for us indoor cats.
I can’t wait for Christmas to see what I get – can you?
You want me to dress up for Christmas? Now some cats adore being dressed up. They have several outfits, and will stand for hours while you dress them up and pose patiently while you take hundreds of pictures.
Other cats tolerate letting you dress them up with silly clothes. They don’t like it. There are other things they’d rather be doing. But they love you, so they let you have your fun.
But as for me – I’m totally against the whole thing. I don’t like cat clothes. I don’t like Christmas outfits. And I look silly in a Santa hat. Now if I were a short haired cat, and we lived in a really cold climate, I might appreciate the extra layers. But I don’t, so would you please get that silly hat off of me! You don’t want to see what will happen to the hat if I do it myself.
This is really a challenging problem – figuring out a way to keep your cat out of the Christmas tree. We like to climb trees to start with, and all those dangling lights and ornaments are just too tempting to resist. Now some owners have come up with a few ideas that will discourage the less daring ones of us.
1. Spray your cat with a water bottle when it gets in the Christmas tree. Hello!!! There’s electricity in there, keeping those beautiful lights sparkling. I don’t think that’s such a smart idea.
2. Secure netting around the bottom layer of the branches with twist ties. That might keep some cats down, but I could jump right over that netting. And what if my claw gets caught in the netting? I could pull the entire tree down trying to get loose!
3. Now, I hate to tell you this one because it works. There is a cat-training product called Sssscat. It’s actually an aerosol can that automatically releases a harmless, non-toxic spray when a cat approaches forbidden areas, such as the kitchen counters or your Christmas tree. Just “Google” Ssscat, and you will find plenty of places to buy it.
4. Here’s another idea that works. Buy a City Kitty Climber for your cat – so your baby has a “legal” place to climb safely.
- You have to be sure that person is willing to take care of the cat – for YEARS to come. Too many young cats end up at the city pound, after that cute, fluffy stage has passed.
- You have to figure out a way to hide the kitten until Christmas.
If you decide to gift a kitten, after you have introduced the kitty to its new owner – it is best to take the kitten back to a quiet room where it can hide and be protected from the noise, people, and commotion of Christmas. The kitten will be confused, missing its mother and brothers and sisters, and frightened in a strange, loud place.
In addition, I recommend that you include kitty supplies such as a City Kitty Climber, a scratching pad, water bowl, brush, high-quality food, and a litter box. You might also consider including a veterinary gift card, to help with the cost of the kitten’s vaccines, and spay or neuter surgery.