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7 Reasons My Cats Think Christmas Is All About Them

Boxes, bags, and trees? Of course my cats try to hijack the holiday!

Angie Bailey  |  Dec 13th 2013


I love everything about Christmas. I get giddy when I hear holiday music; bake enough goodies to feed the neighborhood, enjoy the family traditions and a pile of presents under a lit Christmas tree makes my heart feel warm and fuzzy.

Our cats are a big part of the season’s joy. They have their own stockings and never miss a chance to gather ’round when we’re participating in family activities like gift-wrapping or decorating the tree. In fact, I believe they think Christmas is all about them.

Here are seven examples of why my cats think they’re the reason for the season.

1. Skirting the issue

As soon as the skirt goes around the trunk of the tree, Phoebe immediately starts in with “fort building.” She burrows and peeks from under the festive fabric and even settles in for an occasional nap. When I wake up in the morning the skirt is usually in a total state of disarray. I can only imagine the shenanigans that happen under the tree while we’re sleeping. When the presents start to accumulate, Phoebe becomes disgruntled and has been known to shove gifts out of the way so she can go undercover. Stupid gifts.

2. Wrapper’s delight

I know I’m preaching to the choir when I tell you it’s next to impossible to wrap gifts without attracting every cat in the house. They immediately begin nosing around, walking across the wrapping paper, making off with bows and generally getting in the way of our productivity efforts. And what’s even better that monkeying around with gift-wrapping? The wadded up balls of used wrapping paper after the gifts have been opened! “Thanks, Mom and Dad!”

3. Bags, bags, bags!

Cats and bags are fast friends. My kitties’ Spidey senses begin tingling as soon as gift bags appear under the tree. And they’ll climb inside them whether or not they’re housing someone’s Christmas present. Pretty presumptuous, huh?

4. Visit from the big guy

My cats are big fans of acquiring stuff, whether it’s something purchased or some found object like a shampoo bottle lid. Santa knows this and makes sure their stockings are full of goodies on Christmas morning. Because cats needs more stuff.

5. Mystery tubs

When the tubs full of Christmas decorations make the scene, my cats are front and center examining everything. They climb inside tubs, sniff stuffed Santas and bat ornaments. They seem to be quite certain all the festivities are solely for their benefit. Just like everything else.

6. The outdoors come indoors

We always buy a live tree and my cats are big fans of this. From the moment it passes through the front door, they’re fascinated. They smell it, examine the needles and spend countless hours sleeping under it. They’re all indoor cats, but I think their natural feline instinct magnetizes them to the piece of greenery. They’re also probably a little bit confused that we bring the outside inside. Every year they claim the tree as their own and act like it’s a gift we’ve brought to them. And they don’t want to share it with silly presents, unless they’re for them, of course.

7. Boxes galore

What cat doesn’t love a good box? One of the glories of Christmas is the sheer number of boxes that pile up after gifts have been unwrapped. It’s like a kitty amusement park! There’s a size and shape for every size and shape of cat! Post-gift unwrapping is even better than Costco days.

Do your cats think Christmas is all about them? Tell us in the comments!

About the Author: Angie Bailey is an eternal optimist with an adoration of all things silly. Loves pre-adolescent boy humor, puns, making up parody songs, thinking about cats doing people things and The Smiths. Writes Catladyland, a cat humor blog, Texts from Mittens (birthed right here on Catster) and authored whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, a silly book about cats wheeling and dealing online. Partner in a production company and writes and acts in comedy web series that features sketches and mockumentaries. Mother to two humans and three cats, all of which want her to make them food.

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