Keeping Kitty Busy On Christmas Morning
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For some of you, your cats are probably not the least bit interested in the chaos that takes place on Christmas morning as wrapping paper goes flying through the air and packages get ripped open with lightning speed. For others though, your cats are probably right in the center of things in an attempt to bat at the ribbon and paper or dive into a discarded gift box. While this may be fun to watch, it can create a safety issue. So what can we do to keep kitty busy during that all-important gift opening time?
I create a homemade activity for my cat using the cardboard toilet paper centers. Long before Christmas I start collecting the cardboard tubes from toilet paper and paper towel rolls. I cut the toilet paper tubes in half (cut the paper towel tubes as well so they’ll be the same size). Once I have a collection of little cardboard tubes that are all the same size, I glue them to the bottom of a box. I use a box that isn’t too deep. The tubes should all be standing up right next to each other in a way that resembles a cardboard honeycomb.
On Christmas morning I drop treats, dry food, a little dried catnip (optional) and a few furry toy mice into the “honeycombs” and place the box on its side. While my kids are opening presents, my cat is busy pawing at the various tubes to collect all the little treasures.
I have also done another version of this using empty small tissue boxes. I glue about six or eight boxes together, creating two even rows. On Christmas morning I place ping pong balls, treats, furry mice or Mylar balls inside the boxes for my cat to discover.
Have your ever created fun Christmas activities for your cat?
Wishing you and your cats a very happy and safe holiday!