Christmas In July, Caturday Edition, Day 6

This post is part of Teagan Geneviene’s Christmas In July blog hop. #Christmastime

This is a repeat.

10 Best Christmas Presents For Cats

I’ve put some thought into this (about five seconds), so I hope you appreciate it. I know your cat will.


10. Cover as many surfaces as possible with cloth, so your cat can sit on the furniture and not get fussed at. If the cloth doesn’t match so it’s obviously utilitarian, your cat will like it even more.

9.  Make fun of the dog. The dog won’t mind.

8.  Leave some tuna or salmon in the can for her.

7.  Wash out the food and water bowls. I mean, seriously, that’s disgusting! Would you want to eat or drink out of that?

6.  Tie jingle bells onto a piece of string. Actually play with the cat with it for more than, like, two minutes. If the cat is as bored as you are, give it up. At least you tried.

5.  Drop bits of butter on the floor.

4.  Once a day, pet her as long as she wants you to.

3. Good: Sing her a song about cats. Better: Sing her a song about a cat just like her. Best: Sing her a song you made up about her. Extra points if it’s not about how bad she is.

2.  DO NOT grasp her in any way and bounce or flop her about and pretend she’s dancing to your song.

And the best cat present ever is the prize I saw a woman “win” on Let’s Make A Deal yesterday morning while I was waiting for Mom to finish her swallowing therapy:

1. HALF A TON OF FISH! The winner didn’t seem very pleased, but I would have been bouncing up and down and squealing. I would definitely have shared my half a ton of fish with Katya, you may be sure.

Happy holidays, because that sounds so much better than “whatever”.

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: A character has to choose a present for somebody else’s pet.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Christmas In July, Caturday Edition, Day 6

  1. Teagan Riordain Geneviene

    July 6, 2024 at 2:00pm

    Tee-hee! Best Catmas in July ever, Marian. Daphne just took possession of a new beach towel I put over one of the two loveseats in the living room. She has never cared about sitting there before. I wondered why until I realized that the color is a perfect match for her eyes. =^-^= Hugs.

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  2. Resa

    July 6, 2024 at 2:07pm

    Hahaha! half a ton of fish.
    Cat songs are the best. I should record some for Spotify!
    Love your list, Marian.

    Happy Catmas in July!

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  3. Dan Antion

    July 7, 2024 at 12:58pm

    Butter on the floor? OMG – our first cat would have loved that! He’s the reason our butter is in a butter dish with a lid. We used to have it out on a plate, but he would jump up and eat it.

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      Marian Allen

      July 7, 2024 at 2:06pm

      Oh, no! He would have gotten along with my old cat, Tiffany. Tiffany was a bread thief.

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  4. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

    July 7, 2024 at 6:15pm

    As long as the winner didn’t have to accept and process HALF A TON OF FISH right then and there.

    I’m wondering if cats don’t like those strong flavors because they don’t have sensors for ‘sweet’ (I read some place).

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      Marian Allen

      July 8, 2024 at 3:34pm

      Some cats love strong scents and strong flavors. My cats only like chicken kibbles, but Chickie will eat a bit of cooked chicken if I’m working with it. And they’ll turn away from a bowl full of this morning’s food for a bite of just-came-out-of-the-bag.

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  5. acflory

    July 8, 2024 at 12:48am

    Now that Golli is a rather senior cat, he sleeps on an upholstered poof covered in an old, folded up feather doona which is covered by a nice warm towel…just in case, you know, furballs etc. Apparently he likes ‘his’ doona as much as mine. 🙂

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      Marian Allen

      July 8, 2024 at 3:38pm

      Sara’s cat Freyja has her own blanket. Chickie used to, but she got sick on it once and she’s still mad at it and won’t sleep on it anymore (yes, I’ve washed it.:p ).

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