Christmas Shopping for Your Cat

By Max

It’s only my second Christmas, but many kitties leap out of bed eagerly on Christmas morning, only to find all the best stuff under the tree is for the humans. So here are some pointers on how to make your cat happy this Christmas.

First, let’s narrow it down by what NOT to buy…

Collars – Since a collar is the feline equivalent of underwear (except in Adele’s case; her sparkly collars qualify as bling), never let a collar be your cat’s ONLY present. We will accept a collar graciously on condition that something better is coming.

Toys from “off-brand” retailers – Not to knock the great bargains at Dollar Tree, Big Lots, and Ollie’s, but the last thing a cat wants is toys sparsely stuffed with low-grade ‘nip that made their way here on a slow boat from China. And they usually have cheesy little beads or bits of felt we’ll immediately tear off and swallow so you can spend Christmas Day bestowing a fortune on the emergency vet.

Battery-powered toys – If you don’t plan to be around 24/7 to keep them running, don’t bother. Learn from Karen’s mistakes…

At least they have each other.

At least they have each other.

Grooming tools – Would you be thrilled to receive a gift that pulls your fur out? No, I didn’t think so. Cats consider flea combs and Furminators instruments of torture, not presents.

And now to what kitties REALLY want…

Anything on a stick – Toys on a stick are great because they make you play with us. There’s nothing better on Christmas morning than sitting under the tree watching you trying to get us to chase you and our new toy. It’s HILARIOUS! Our stick toys helped Karen run laps and lose that weight.

These are a few of my favorite (stick) things...

These are a few of my favorite (stick) things…

Refillable ‘nip toys – Our toys from Cat Claws with tummies that rip open for fresh ‘nip are an excellent investment because they last forever. Karen estimates gray “Rowdy Rat” is about 25 years old. Here’s how he looked new.

Sneaky Snake is also an antiquel.

Sneaky Snake is also an antique.

Crinkly, sparkly toys – These balls crunch and catch the light (and our attention). They’re perfect for batting practice.

Since most of them end up under the couch, it's good to have spares.

Since most of them end up under the couch, it’s good to have spares.

Beds – Soft, deep, and cozy, please. Even homemade, like this one Adele is demonstrating, we’ll be touched that you cared about our comfort. It’s the thought that counts.

Adele resting after running me out of Karen's office.

Adele resting after running me out of Karen’s office.

One Christmas, Karen thought Adele would LOVE this furry bed/tunnel. WRONG!

One Christmas, Karen thought Adele would LOVE this furry bed/tunnel. WRONG!

Video Catnip – A perennial favorite. It’s light on plot, with birds, squirrels, and chipmunks hanging out on somebody’s deck, but strangely addictive.

We also have The Adventures of Freddy Fish (which I couldn’t find online, so it may be out of print), but since the only fish we ever see is ground up in Fancy Feast®, we can’t relate and give it 12 paws down.

Stuff to scratch – We are cats of simple tastes, and slabs of thick corrugated cardboard (spiked with a fine ‘nip) work for us. Or you can get fancy with carpet-covered posts and perches. (We have 3 of those, too.)

Cole and I hoping Adele won't storm and repossess her perch.

Cole and I hoping Adele won’t storm and repo her perch.

Boxes, gift bags, wrapping paper, and bows – Christmas morning freebies that are some cats’ favorite things EVER. Don’t be too quick to clean up, because your “mess” is our playground.

Karen gave me a personal tree as a test. So far, I'm passing. It's still standing.

Karen gave me a personal tree as a test. So far, I’m passing. It’s still standing.

14 Responses to Christmas Shopping for Your Cat

  1. jimmie chew says:

    that was great, thanx, we are getting the bed! (or make’n one)

  2. britta says:

    The Moore kitties thank you all for educating our human companions…especially the emphasis on good nip. Merry Christmas!

  3. Zappa's Mom says:

    Max,what a handsome young man you have become!

  4. adele says:

    Max, first let me say that the picture of you and Cole is quite charming — two handsome fellas. Do you hang together often. And your hints are right on the money. I was interested to see that Rowdy Rat, even new, has no eyes — seems more like a mole to me.

    Alice and Dorothy would agree with all of your hints, except about beds. Alice has never spent time in any cat bed I bought, and when Dorothy moved in, I bought her one that she seemed to like for a couple of weeks, but she’s ignored it since, though I’ve tried to put it in all her favorite spots. Looks like the Wormald cats are going to have another big Christmas.

  5. Bacardi1 says:

    Good advice all round.

    Might I add that if you have canines as well (as I do) to make your kitty toy gifts large enough to discourage canine ingestion – unless you enjoy Xmas day trips to the veterinary ER or get some sort of perverse enjoyment out of watching a small kitty toy appear – rather the worse for wear – from the hind end of a dog. . . .

    As for the tree, we bought ours but have yet to put it up. Will definitely be using some sort of cordage to attach it to the wall thanks to not yet knowing how the Siamese we trapped last year at our local dump – “Ming the Merciless” – will react to it. After watching a year of his mountain-goat antics throughout the house, we suspect it will be a Xmas of much adventure & hilarity for him; ulcers & horror for us – lol!!

  6. catsworking says:

    ZM, thank you! Now that I’m filling out, Karen’s thinking she should have named me Cary (Grant).

    Adele, Cole and I don’t spend a lot of time together because he’s skittery and he fights dirty. But when it comes to Adele, we know our chances of winning are better if it’s 2 against one. And here’s a tip for the neglected beds: Cover them with a nice blankie Dorothy likes. Karen recently bought us 2 new beds that got the same treatment. But when she lined them with cheap little plush baby blankies we like that she gets from Dollar Tree, we settled right in.

    Why all the beds, you ask? Because no matter how many beds we have all over the house, we manage to want the same ones at the same time and fight over them.

    Bacardi, I am glad we have no dogs around here. But I’m told the late Fred once ate a piece of dental floss and it took over a week for it to come out in the litterbox. Thankfully, it DID come out! Good luck with that Siamese. They are very smart and you’ll probably have to let Ming be an ornament on your tree.

    Britta, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the ‘nip! And treats, of course.

  7. annie pelfrey says:

    my indoor seal point LOVES cat grass!
    some years ago, noticed the whiskers on left side of her face were short- then realized i was cutting them along with her grass!
    can’t leave pot alone with her cuz she yanks the grass straight out of the soil.

  8. catsworking says:

    Annie, it’s a wonder your kitty didn’t act crazy after having her whiskers cut. I would go plumb loco to lose mine!

    Adele tells me Karen used to grow cat grass in a big flat planter, but as soon as she let everyone at it (this would have been the late Fred and Yul, and Adele), they’d pull it all out by the roots, make a mess with dirt all over the kitchen floor, then puke all over the house. Fun for the cats, but not so much for Karen.

    Now she occasionally lets us have a piece of lettuce. No muss, no fuss. But the cat grass orgy must have been fun.

  9. annie pelfrey says:

    oh wow! never thought of lettuce! what type?
    that’s simply brilliant

  10. catsworking says:

    We cats clued Karen in to the lettuce. I think she buys “green leaf.” It’s all green with curly leaves. That’s our fave. Romaine, not so much. And iceberg, yuck.

    I think it was Yul who first attacked the lettuce one day still in the bag when Karen brought it home from the store. He LOVED it and Karen tells me he could eat a small salad.

    Now, if any of us go after the plants or look like we’re craving greens, Karen just gives us a piece of lettuce to munch on and we’re happy.

    But don’t call us bunnies. We have claws and aren’t afraid to use them!

  11. MorganLF says:

    Segue……stop the gun violence!!! Mother f , President Obama and Republicans et al, 47% of Americans own guns….why????

    How many times, dear God? I am BEREFT…all those angels …my heart is exploding for those families…been crying all night…PLEASE no more…..

  12. catsworking says:

    Morgan, you are so right. But it’s only a matter of days before some dumbass Republican says, “Well, if those teachers and the principal had been armed…”

    Or maybe, “Let this serve as a lesson that we need to teach children as young as kindergarten how to use firearms so they can pack heat and keep themselves safe.”

    Virginia’s Republican governor recently relaxed the law that limited how many guns someone could buy at a time. Now you can purchase as many as you want, every day.

    I hope Obama’s tears were real and he takes no prisoners in ramming through some gun control with teeth in it, no matter how much the NRA howls. Enough’s enough!

  13. Zappa's Mom says:

    How about repealing the Second Amendment? It might have meant something two hundred years ago,but it seems to be nothing but trouble now.

  14. catsworking says:

    ZM, I think you are on to something! Cole is working on a post about this very topic right now. Stay tuned…

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