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Recession-proof holiday gifts for the cat
LINDA LOMBARDI; The Associated Press
Published: December 16th, 2008 12:05 AM

Brother, can you spare a twisty-tie?

Hard economic times can mean fewer holiday gifts – for your pets, too. Fortunately, cats were into recycling and repurposing long before “green” became the latest buzzword.

If you’ve ever seen your cat walk past a nice stuffed mouse to bat around one of those wire twisty-ties that close a loaf of bread, why not take the hint? Here’s what your feline family really wants you to do for the holidays:

• Get milk! Or juice, as long as it’s in a plastic jug. Those little caps make great toys, especially the kind with the tear-off plastic strip.

• Drink wine to relax. If watching your portfolio crash means you’re going through more wine these days, you’ve also got more corks for your cat to bat around.

• Wear your wristwatch, even if you can’t afford new batteries. On a sunny day, you can get the sun to reflect off it and make a spot of light that your cat will chase around the floor and walls — just like a laser pointer, but totally free.

• Let your hair grow long. You’ll save money on haircuts, and once it’s long enough for a ponytail, you can share your hair ribbons.

• Buy presents for other people. Not because your cat is so generous, but because your cat will enjoy trying to help wrap presents. Tear off a piece of the wrapping paper and crunch it up on ball for her to chase around. When you run out, try aluminum foil or candy wrappers.

• Shop by mail. Online or catalog, it doesn’t matter what you buy as long as it’s delivered in a box. Leave the empty shipping carton on the floor or a table, and cats are sucked in as if by a magical force.

• But shop local, too. Your cat doesn’t give a fig about keeping independent neighborhood shops in business, but you’ll bring things home in paper bags that are great for hiding in and make that irresistible crinkly noise.

It’s OK if you have to cut back on the shopping, because you only need a few of those boxes and bags.

Don’t forget that many activities that you think are chores are really cat games: You want to tie your shoes; your cat will want to bat the shoelaces. You want to change the sheets on your bed; your cat will want to play hide and seek.

Speaking of beds, there is also no need to buy a special kitty bed.

Cats love to lie on things on top of other things, no matter their texture or height: lying on a shirt that’s on the bed is better than lying on any other spot on the bed, even if they’re made of nearly identical fabric. A magazine on a table, even a piece of paper on the floor— if it’s flat enough to lie on and it’s on top of something else, it’s a free cat bed.

Kyle McCowin of Arlington ,Va., has noticed this phenomenon, and wondered, is there such a thing as too much “on-topness”?

“Is a magazine on a newspaper on a shirt on the bed better than just a shirt on the bed, or is that too many layers?” says McCowin. “These are the questions that keep me up at night.”

And if other worries are keeping you up at night, you can both make use of another arrangement that pleases cats: read. Your cat loves to get in the way of a good read.

When your cat sits on the newspaper, don’t push him away. He’ll be happy at no cost – and maybe skipping that bad economic news will be good for your mood too.

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noblefuse From: noblefuse Date: December 18th, 2008 12:49 am (UTC) (Link)
pets and lasers

OK- this one is food for thought- take it with a grain of salt-

so my nephews ran downstairs with excitement as they found a cool TOY to make the little doggy(our Pomeranian named fluffy) go crazy- looks like fun- they found a small play toy LASER.

Immediately I told them to stop and I began to explain what i once heard- that the light makes the animal have self conscious issues as they never could catch the ‘light”- i am sure it is so much more than this as explained by animal psychologists- but here comes MINE.

This “Light” might as well be a UFO to the animal- it doesnt understand- yet- many believe animals have greater senses than human in some areas- is it possible that humans which are blind sided to the world of god-=advanced entities-etc as we are kept in faith for all observations in order to grow as a race from nothing to present accomplishments be a sign of what animals know inside-

even though the UFO or “light” in which we understand is to the animal instinctive as spirit- as the “other side” in which communicates- since time immortal we hear stories of “light”- from moses and the fire or bush but light- from angels of light-

and now in past century- we have so many honest citizens- even ex pilots- CRAZY over “lights”- for thousands of years man understood spirit- light- something- but only with recent events of technology we TRY to make sense of it- of course god-advanced entities of light only show themselves this way but never FULLY as our life living is one of faith for faith is the greatest test of strength- it makes man push to infinity- thank god for this- though many curse it-

however, back to laser light- does our cute little pets that love us as family actually have instinctive in them to understand something far greater than blind humans?

are the lights in the sky that make man go crazy as to WHY the same instinctive impulse as in the animals as we tease them with “lights’- no question secular society has destroyed ideas of god into aliens and such- always pushing man and god apart- but all is meant to be and will make sense in time-

I too have my UFO story- lights in the sky in 1987- i admit i thought of aliens at first as I grew up with star trek and secular tv- and thus- my ‘meeting” was scary-a lesson for man- stop with the aliens already- we are one- a family- past present and fu
crushedglass From: crushedglass Date: December 18th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't know if it's different for dogs, but my cats are definitely chasing the spot of light the same way they'd chase a ribbon or a dangle- y mousie toy. One of ours tries his hardest to catch a paint spot on the sliding glass door. I think cats just like to chase things. :)
noblefuse From: noblefuse Date: December 18th, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
nice pic with cat in hat- not the grinch- looking too deep- probably- but then again- what is the difference- man is mesmerized and bedazzled with explaining lights in the sky at times- just a thought- another generation will figure it out-

crushedglass From: crushedglass Date: December 18th, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's my Biscuit. I raised him from one day old. Him and his brother Muffin.
psychokitten76 From: psychokitten76 Date: December 18th, 2008 03:02 am (UTC) (Link)
LOL @ "Is a magazine on a newspaper on a shirt on the bed better than just a shirt on the bed, or is that too many layers?"
crushedglass From: crushedglass Date: December 18th, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's funny how true that is though. Anything large enough for them to sit on just pulls them in!
psychokitten76 From: psychokitten76 Date: December 18th, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Strangely, Stormy hasn't gotten into sitting on things yet! Maybe she's too young? My Darcy always did, and my Shadow before him.
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