Kiki's Christmas List Tips

Sniff, don't chew!
Sniff, don’t chew!

Hi, I’m Kiki the Cat and I’m here to talk about the upcoming gift giving season. If your people are anything like my mom, I know that you’re on the top of their gifting list. Let me share with you some ideas of things you can ask for this year.

Let’s start with the obvious- toys. If you’re anything like me, you can never have enough. Be sure and remind them to check for safety before giving it to you. My mom likes the holiday themed toys, but usually pulls off the poorly glued on noses and plastic eyes so that I don’t swallow them and hurt myself. I don’t even notice- I have a ball with them with or without noses.

Honestly, I don’t even care if my mom buys my toys from a store. One of my most favorite toys ever is when she takes an old, worn out sock, cuts off the toe part, stuffs it with catnip, and sews it shut again. Those keep me busy for hours! Here’s one that you pups might like, too- a long braid or big knot made out of old t-shirt strips. They’re great for sinking your teeth into! And, of course, the cat classic: A cardboard box or empty paper bag. I can’t tell you how much fun those are.

We’ve covered toys, how about beds. I don’t know about you, but mine is old and getting rather lumpy in places. By the way my mom talks about this “money” stuff, I don’t think I will be getting one of those fancy, custom four-posters, but I do think I could talk her into a nice new pillow style bed. I might be a little weary of laying on it right away, but I know that she’ll put a favorite blanket or toy in it so that it smells familiar and safe. Why don’t you ask your people for the same? There’s nothing like a good day’s sleep so that you can be awake and full of energy for when they come home at night.

My collar follows me everywhere. I get into all kinds of mischief, some of which can be rather dirty. I know that this is especially true for you dogs out there, doing things like rolling in stinky stuff and, I can’t imagine why you do this, but swimming. They can get kind of gross after a while, right? So a new collar would be great. If you’re fashion conscious, ask for one studded with gems or sporting a designer label. Don’t forget to ask for a new id tag, too! They can get worn over time and hard for people to read if you happen to lose your person. Remember safety- make sure that your humans fit it properly and that, for cats, you have a breakaway collar. If that bell keeps you from sneaking up on them at night, ask them to take it off with a pair of pliers. And dogs, remember that training collars are not to be worn all the time. They can cause you big trouble if you get them hung up on something.

Do cute things to make your human smile this season
Do cute things to make your human smile this season

I like treats and I’m sure that you do, too. Try asking your people to bake some just for you. You know that “computer” thing they stare at so much? There are so many great recipes in there for dog and cat treats. I can’t believe that a human would waste their time doing anything but researching them! By the way, do you know what they are doing? Watching videos of other animals! There is something really wrong with this picture…

If you’re feeling philanthropic, you could ask your people to make a donation in your name to your favorite animal cause. It doesn’t have to be something huge, and it will go a long way to helping our less fortunate brethren. I think I’ll give a pack of fuzzy mice to some cats that don’t have any this year. I hope they like them as much as I do.

As for your human, they will be happy with the gift of your presence. Whether you’re snuggling on the couch or playing your favorite game, they will really appreciate spending time with you. For some reason, they get stressed this time of year, but being with you will help a lot, trust me.

A few safety tips: Remember to be choosy when trying to sneak leftovers; not everything they’re having is safe for us. Also, resist the temptation to escape when they welcome guests (I like to hide under the bed, instead). Have a safe and happy holiday season, everyone!