This holiday season, let’s jazz things up by honoring our ever-faithful feline family members who love and entertain us all year round. Here’s a traditions list … with a twist. It’s time to put our best foot—and paw—forward to make sure that we celebrate all the joy and love our cats bring to our lives.
Cooking Holiday Treats With Love
Nothing says “I love you” more than baking homemade treats. This year, while you’re making gingerbread treats for your family, take extra time to whip up fish-shaped catnip biscuits for your kitty.
Just mix 1 cup of wheat flour and 1 teaspoon of catnip in a bowl. Add half a cup of milk, 2 tablespoons of softened butter, 1 egg and half a teaspoon of honey. Mix well. Roll out the dough. Then cut out bite-sized fish shapes. Place your little fishies on a nonstick pan and bake for 20 minutes. Let ’em cool off, then voila! Happy holiday cat.
Host a Get Together
Thinking about having some neighbors over for drinks? Before you send out any invites, remember that cats are very opinionated. They make snap judgments about who they like or detest. Lucky for you, it’s never a mystery. If your cat hisses and runs away any time neighbor Joe stops by, scratch him off the list. Remember, this is a time to think of others, so even if your neighbor Emma bores you to tears, if your cat always greets Emma by purring and rubbing up against her legs, Emma is in.
Choosing the Christmas Tree or Hanukkah Menorah
This year, let’s think outside the box. On holidays past you probably purchased what tickled your fancy. This year, let’s ask about the cat’s favorite things? If the answer is batting balls around the house, better skip the round glass X-mas ornaments and forego electric lights. Kitty isn’t cute when she sets the house on fire. While we’re on the topic of burning down the house, why don’t you change up the tradition of lighting candles for the eight nights of Hanukkah. Instead of candles, why not eight non-flammable scratching posts?
Gather all of the gifts to wrap and bring to the living room. Plop down next to kitty so you can spend quality time together. Unroll the wrapping paper and lay it down flat. Select the first gift to tackle and place upon the paper. Smile adoringly at your cat and think about how lucky you are to have such a loyal sidekick. Reach for tape and scissors. At the sound of loud paper-rustling, turn towards your “helpful” co-wrapper. Notice said helper sitting on top of the wrapping paper next to the placed present. Try to shoo kitty off paper. When the cat won’t move and you receive a paw swipe and head butt for even suggesting such a thing, watch as kitty shreds paper then bats paper roll across carpet.
Movies and Snuggling
My holiday tradition is to buy new 100 percent Egyptian cotton bed sheets. I bring the bedding home, wash it, and adorn my queen-sized bed. Once settled on top of or inside new sheets, I grip the remote control and choose the perfect holiday movie for this bonding occasion. Two suggestions: “When the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Before you push play, position yourself for the maximum benefit of a warm cat body nearby and the soothing sound of incessant purring.
Recharge Your Batteries with Cat Yoga
Put your time-away-from-work to good use. Practice relaxing yoga poses. Lie flat on your back, stretch your arms out and let go of all muscle tension. Focus on your breath. Stay chill while leaning into positions like “Downward Facing Dog.” Try to ignore your cat’s favorite yoga positions, “Pounce On Mommy’s Head,” “Pull Hair,” “Claw Yoga Pants.” If you burst out laughing you’ll know you’re doing it right.
Sing Some Cat-Approved Carols
Take a time out. Turn everything off—your computer, your iPhone, iPad, TV. Create a new song compilation of seasonal music. Instead of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” or “Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel” select cat classics like, “What’s New Pussycat,” “Cat’s in the Cradle,” “Cat Scratch Fever,” and what cat doesn’t love, “Who Let the Dogs Out”?
Enjoy Seasonal Treats Together
Even if your cat can’t have a glass of eggnog, he can still enjoy a seasonal treat of his own. As you get nice ’n tipsy on your glass of sugar, egg yolks and bourbon, hand your sidekick some fresh catnip. Watch kitty roll around with glee and enjoy the fun times you get to spend together.