Sunday, December 19, 2021

Festive Sunday Shenanigans

Every December, the kitties get to enjoy some new toys from a makeshift Advent calendar.

I found that bag years ago, before Advent calendars for cats became more popular. When I couldn't find an actual calendar for cats all those years ago, I bought this bag and filled it with toys so that the kitties could have a little something fun each day leading up to Christmas. I still do that every year, using the very same bag, which is why it's looking a little rough these days.

Anyway. I asked one of the kitties to pose with the bag, and who showed up was a not-so-cooperative Winky.

It that photo right above there, if you look closely you can see that Winky is actually biting the bag. The blurry hand trying to get her to stop is that of my sister, who is Winky's mom. Winky is always the most excited for her daily Advent toy, so she was getting impatient with me this day for delaying her fun.

Don't worry, for the sake of Winky and that poor dilapidated bag, a toy was immediately dispensed after that photo.

Have a festive day, friends!

Festive Flashback Doodle of the Day

Tip of the Day

Our past couple of tips covered what you can do to keep your furbaby happy and safe if you are traveling during this holiday season. On the other hand, what if your family is coming to your house for the holidays? First, as we've said many, many times before, practice door safety when guests are coming and going. If need be, block your kitty or pup's access to the door, or give them a safe room in which to stay. Consider whether your guests are staying for a short or long visit, and consider your individual furbaby's personality and behaviors when determining if, how often, or for how long they can safely intermingle with guests.

Of course, it isn't just your furbaby you have to worry about when guests arrive. Make sure that all guests know any important rules when it comes to your furbaby. If your kitty or pup is staying in a safe room while guests visit, for example, then make sure guests know if they are to refrain from visiting that room in the house. On the other hand, if your furbaby is a social butterfly and is out and about with guests, make sure that your guests understand what they should and should not do to keep your kitty or pup safe. For example, make sure guests are aware of the potential for escapes if the door is kept open. In addition, guests should know whether you allow your furbaby treats, and what human foods are dangerous and should not be fed to your kitty or pup. Also take safety precautions if guests are staying overnight. For example, make sure guests know to keep all medications or other potentially dangerous items well out of reach of resident cats and dogs.

It is possible for your house to be inhabited by both your furbabies and guests during this holiday season. At the same time, it's also important to make sure that all precautions are made to ensure that guests' stays are safe for everyone, including the furbabies of the home. So, simply think ahead and prepare both your furbabies and guests for a safe Christmas.


messymimi said...

What a delightful idea, an Advent bag full of fun. No wonder Winky can't wait!

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

Love, love, love this tradition!!!

pilch92 said...

That bag is a great idea. WInky is a cutie. I like the drawing and great tips.