Are you thinking about giving a cat as a Christmas gift? Christmas cats don’t necessarily have to arrive right on Christmas, and putting off the new family member’s arrival until after the holidays might be best for everyone, including the cat.
Cats are creatures of habit and prize their daily routine above almost all else. But establishing a daily routine during the busy holiday season is almost impossible, and that will make going to a new home even more stressful for the cat.
Before you make the final decision to give a cat as a gift, make sure everyone really wants a cat. And involve everyone in choosing the cat you’ll adopt. Different cats appeal to different people, and a new family member should never be a surprise. One of the joys of living with a cat is that first meeting, when you decide you really do love each other. Give the entire family the joy of sharing that experience.
See You Real Soon
You’ve chosen the perfect cat, and she’ll be coming home the first week in January. But even though she won’t be there for Christmas this year, she can still be part of the celebration. Try some creative gift-giving to remind the family that she’s coming. A few suggestions:
- Wrap some cat toys and put them under the tree. Save the wrapping paper for kitty to play with when she comes home!
- A framed picture of your new cat can go under the tree, too.
- Other kitty items to wrap and put under the tree include a comfy cat bed, dishes and “how to” books about cats.
A Word About Kittens
Kittens need to grow up with other kittens to be well adjusted and well socialized. And just one kitten who only wants to play nonstop can be annoying and destructive. Sadly, many kittens are returned to shelters because they’re “too playful.” Some other things to keep in mind: Kittens can be annoying and even frightening to older cats. They can also be frightening to very young children because they tend to bite and scratch. And young children can injure a tiny kitten by hugging too hard.
If you want a kitten, adopt two! And if you already have an adult cat or young children, a cat who’s all grown up will be a much better choice for your family.
Welcome Home Gifts For Kitty
Cats who come from rescues and shelters appreciate having some things to call their own. After being abandoned by their original families, some special toys and dishes and a bed that are all theirs can make them feel valued and loved again.
- A Hot Cat. The best ever catnip toy.
- A comfy bed.
- Bowls of her own.