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The purrfect Christmas present for an old cat

Updated on October 22, 2012
Jimmy the cat unwraps his own Christmas present
Jimmy the cat unwraps his own Christmas present | Source

I often buy my old cat a little treat for Christmas, perhaps some cat treats or a little toy. Not that he knows it's Christmas, but pets can often feel left out when their humans are off out having fun or entertaining guests at Christmas, so it's nice to remember them and give them a little extra attention.

My cat Jimmy is getting on a bit, 19 years old, and spends most of his time sleeping, eating or standing in the hallway, miaowing for attention because he forgets that he's already been fed or that we're just in the next room. He hasn't really paid much attention to any toys that we've tried to entertain him with for the last few years, he'll just look at them blankly then walk on by in a dignified manner as if to say "how old do you think I am!" But this year was different.

I had been browsing the internet, looking for hemp fabric clothes as a gift for a friend when I found these pet toys - Shelby the Hemp Mouse, containing catnip. They came in a pack of two, were quite cheap and I thought they would make a fun gift both for my friend's cat and for mine, though I didn't really think Jimmy would take much notice.

I wrapped the mouse up in some tissue paper, wrote his name on it and put it under our Christmas tree ready to give him on Christmas day. However, later that day Jimmy came strolling into the room looking for a comfy chair to curl up on when he got a whiff of something. He stood in the doorway, nose in the air, sniffing around. He homed in on it straight away, sniffing his way all the way to the Christmas tree and straight to his present! I would not have believed what he did next if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes - he picked up the package in his teeth and proceeded to tear the paper off with his claws and teeth until it lay shredded on the floor and he had completely unwrapped his own Christmas present in the space of a few minutes. It was still in the plastic wrapping at this point, so we decided to help him out with that so that he didn't choke on it, and then he had the best fun I've seen him have in years, tossing the toy about like a real mouse and chasing it around the room. Since then he has played with it every day, coming into the room and stalking it, biting it and kicking it around, he is almost like a kitten again, and it's so nice to see him having fun again.

Apparently my friend's cat was equally delighted.

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    • Imogen French profile imageAUTHOR

      Imogen French 

      5 years ago from Southwest England

      Thanks for reading and commenting RRose. Jimmy is still going strong, and coming up to 21 years old this year!

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      Riviera Rose 

      5 years ago from South of France

      He's nineteen - well done!! Sadly none of my cats made it that long. :(

      Lucky Jimmy and lucky you for having him - long may that last!

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      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      Bravo for finding the perfect gift. Greatly enjoy seeing pets enjoying themselves.

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      SanneL 

      6 years ago from Sweden

      Such a beautiful story!

      Fantastic to hear that Jimmy enjoyed his gift so much. I always give gifts to my own and friends pets. Catnips presents is definitely something I will get for next Christmas. Thanks for this great tip.

      Best wishes to you and Jimmy for the New Year!

    • Imogen French profile imageAUTHOR

      Imogen French 

      6 years ago from Southwest England

      thanks, Angie. Yes, catnip definitely has a strange power over our feline friends!

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      Angie Jardine 

      6 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

      It is such a relief, Imogen to know that I'm not the only one who is daft about my cat!

      Loved this ... best wishes to you and Jimmy for the New Year.

      P.S Had to stop giving The Toof catnip presents ... he was turning into a junkie :)

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      Gloria 

      6 years ago from France

      Great I am going to look for my dog Jinnie, or something similar.

      Happy New Year.

    • Imogen French profile imageAUTHOR

      Imogen French 

      6 years ago from Southwest England

      thank you Gloshei, yes I do wish I'd found these toys for him before. I think he'll get one every christmas now :)

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      Gloria 

      6 years ago from France

      Fantastic, there you go it only takes a small gift to bring life back into your cat. I bet you wish you had done it before. Lovely story and great picture.

    • Imogen French profile imageAUTHOR

      Imogen French 

      6 years ago from Southwest England

      thanks Eranofu - he's doing pretty well for his age!

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      Eranofu 

      6 years ago from Europe

      :)))))

      Such a nice story. And wooow 19 years old cat! Hehe, no wonder it's so clever.

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