‘Tis the season to hang holly… and fight your precious kitty to leave it alone! We adore our cats, especially during the holidays. It’s a time for love and family, and our babies are a big part of (or our escape from!) ours, and we want to include them as much as we would our own children. However, we also know that those adorable paws and angelic faces can get into messy mischief that can quickly turn our lovely layouts and fantastic food into a nightmare worthy of five naughty lists!
Don’t tell Santa on your sweet kitties just yet! There might still be a way to leave the lumps of coal out of their little stockings!
The only thing cats love more than being the constant center of attention (which we will address later!) is being in the middle of every (important) thing you’re doing. Obviously, this can be problematic when you’re trying to wrap presents or cook your delicious holiday feast. So, think of them as miniature toddlers (as if you don’t already), and assign them a special, supervised workstation! Before you begin the delicate task of gift wrapping, take, or make, a few scrap pieces of wrapping paper, and spread them before you. Get some catnip, treats, some yarn and/or little jingly bells, and let kitty “help” you wrap them. Then… you got it… let your cat have it to destroy and play with when you’re wrapping the real presents! Be prepared, however, just in case they get bored as soon as they notice you’re wrapping again without their assistance! Roll the paper scraps into balls and SAVE THEM! When you notice your feline getting curious, toss one down to them. They’ll start demolishing the new paper ball, just like the others!
When it comes to food prep, your cat’s primary interest is the smell. So, have plenty of wet food (or fresh, new treats, if your cat already eats wet food regularly), and LOOOOOOOOOTS of catnip on hand. Try to do as much prepping and cooking as possible while your feline is either sleeping or preoccupied. When a wakeful kitty can’t be helped during kitchen duty, bring out the bribes! Just this once, give these tasty tidbits freely and lavishly (it IS the holiday season, after all!), and if you manage to turn it into a scavenger hunt that keeps them busy for a few extra minutes, bonus points for you! Cats will always go for the scent that is closest to them, which will keep them away from your cuisine.
Oh No, the Tree!
Keeping cats out of your creatively decorated Christmas tree has been a struggle for feline lovers for as long as any of us can remember. How can they resist, when they could climb for hours outside? If letting your babies play outside isn’t an option, give them a Cat-mas tree! You can turn any premade cat tree into his or her very own decorative holiday attraction! Simply buy or make some inexpensive, shiny, clinky, and dangly ornaments, tie or tape them to various sections of the cat tree, and presto! Once again, your cat feels included in, and not outdone by, your holiday festivities, and will get a huge kick of playing with ornaments that aren’t no-no’s.
Tell Us Your Funny Feline Festivities!
Do you and your cat have your own set of holiday traditions? Feel free to share! We’d love to hear about them!