Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas trees - a good chance to have feline fun

Dear George,

It’s me Vegas. If you remember I’m not one yet and this will be my first Christmas. I’m very excited but quite confused by my human behavior.

Of course I didn’t know what Christmas is and I’m not quite sure I understood it but I was happy when my human brought in the house a tree. At the beginning I thought this tree smelled like my litter but, after all… it’s fun to have a vertical litter box!) That night my human started to decorate the tree and called it “our Christmas tree”. That’s when my problems started as I thought this was a game and “Christmas tree” was the name of the game! I thought that at night my human will decorate the tree and next day I will take off the decorations and so on. I thought that whoever is faster will win. After a day or two I realized that my human is not enjoying our game. I started chewing on some decorations to motivate my human to be more active in the game but all I got was “bad cat! Santa Claus won’t bring you anything”. Now, I’m completely confused. Who’s Santa Claus? Is it Claus or Claws? Should I expect somebody else to join out game? What should I expect from this Santa guy? Should I finish taking the decorations off? I’m half through as you can see in the picture.

George, please share some wisdom and light!


Dear Vegas,

You have discovered the true meaning of Christmas, the meaning that escapes humans. Christmas is for cats. Take, for example, the Christmas tree. What is it for? It's for cats. All those dangling bright ornaments, which are ideal to jump at, pull down and (like you) crunch up. Human think they look nice but they don't understand their true purpose -- ornaments are games for felines.

Christmas food is the same. Turkey - mmmmmmmmm. There's so much of it that you are bound to get a few bits of meat. And, if you patrol the kitchen and the dining table carefully, you will pick up some delicious fragments. And, don't forget the trash can. There's probably some delicious turkey skin there too. Just put your front paws on the top of it and pull down strongly. The whole thing will fall on the kitchen floor and the goodies will shoot out.

Yes, I love Christmas too. I don't like the behaviour of humans during this period. They drink too much catnip and behave like large and ungainly kittens. Sometimes they caterwaul strange noises called carols. But I have always loved the parcels round the tree. Such fun to pull off the ribbons, tear the paper, and push my nose through the cardboard into the contents.

Yummy Christ

mas, Vegas.


PS I have been sent a very nice Christmas drawing of Lily the cat, from my human friend Naimh. Here it is on the left. I think the ears are really good for a human who is only a kitten herself.


  1. It's Santa Claws if they don't give any turkey!

  2. I like the game! Vegas, you can develop it by hiding the decorations so your human will get some exercise as well trying to find them.
    Merry Christmas!

  3. Hm! I like better the part with the feast! I'm a fussy eater but I like the attention!
    Merry Christmas to you Vegas and all the cats.

  4. CAT VictoriaDecember 28, 2011

    George, good advice! I shredded to pieces the wrap on all packages under the tree! I opened few gifts but all I could find was nuts and more nuts. Do you think my humans take me for a squirrel? No frozen mice, no fresh mice, nothing! I brought in the house a dead gift to them :-) and I slept all day in their bed! Merry Christmas! (I ate the turkey too)
    CAT Victoria

  5. George, I had such a boring Christmas! It was bitterly cold so I had to stay in...listening to my humans music and gossip! Phew! Humans don't know how to have fun!
    Anyway, I got some good treats!

  6. Yes, it is for cats, and I think they ought to rename it "Catmas".



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