Would you buy a gift for a cat on Christmas (or his birthday)? Most people would say, cats don’t celebrate Christmas, and they don’t know what Christmas is.
On one hand, it’s right. Cats don’t understand what Christmas is. However, they know what present is, and if a holiday is an opportunity to make cat’s life happier – you must not blow it.
To know, how to make your cat happy, you should understand, what gifts are appreciated by our purrfect friends. He sure would not be happier getting the latest X-box game featuring Mickey the Mouse. What then?
- Cat tree or scratching post. And the bigger, the better. Cats love them, and there can’t be too many (from cat’s point of view, not yours). First, they provide an excellent top view over your territory. Cats live in a vertical world, and giving them ability to climb is like expanding the size of apartments twice. Second, scratching is a physiological need. It serves for claw reduction, stretching muscles, marking territory and recreation.
- Raw meat. Or other delicacy. Statistics show most cat owners feed their cats dry food only. Giving an exception on Christmas eve is a good gift. Be careful though, meat must be fresh and not too fat. Check with a vet if your cat has special dietary needs. Also, some individuals, who never ate meat, might reject it. Giving a canned instead of dry food also makes a good present. When Christmas is over, you could make a New Year’s resolution to give your cat raw meat or canned food every now and then. There are several benefits from varying your cat’s menu.
- A sleeping pad. Adult cats spend a lot of time sleeping. Getting a new bed for your cat, or adding one more comfortable spot in your house, will be appreciated by your cat. Some place above floor level would be extremely great. Top of furniture, a window perch or a shelf are good examples. However, check if it’s accessible and safe for the cat. He probably won’t fall when rolling in sleep, but the structure must hold your cat’s weight. As cat’s love sleeping in warm places, you may consider buying heated sleeping pad. Price range is wide, and it depends on automation levels, indoor/outdoor use, size and other parameters. Your cat would love this kinda gift.
- Automatic cat feeder. At first seems it is more like a present to yourself, because you won’t need to remember about feeding your cat anymore. However, cat benefits enormously from his meals provided at specified times every day.
- Water Fountain. Cats love drinking from running water. This habit comes from the nature as running water has lower risk of water pollution. Placing a water fountain (preferably one that is made specifically for cats) in accessible spot would allow your cat to get constant constant access to fresh drinking water and to play by pawing a water stream. Please note, even though water is running, it has to be replaced frequently (read – daily).
- Plastic mouse, or other toy. Maybe an interactive one, which makes your cat busy, without your active involvement. That would be a present for both of you. However, if you don’t see your cat as an interior object, you could give him some extra time spent with his owner (that is you, or your kids, if you can talk them into it) playing, rubbing, talking or singing to your cat.
Above are just few examples of a perfect gift for a cat on Christmas or birthday. However, it is limited to your imagination only. Remember, the perfect gift would be something that is natural for cats, but not enjoyed by every day. As you can see, getting a new litter box instead of old one, probably will not be appreciated that much. It would be more like a present to you, as cleaning shiny litter box is much more pleasant than the old and rusty one.