Looks like it’s that time again. The time when lots of noisy people come visit our homes, invade our space and territory, and eat lots of food that they don’t even share with us. Oh sure, we get showered with gifts and delicious treats too, but it’s just our pets’ way of apologizing for disrupting our busy schedules.
I heard that for this “New Year’s” thing, the humans make resolutions. These are things which would make them better people, that they say they will do then fail to. In the spirit of things, I thought we could make some resolutions too. Considering we cats are already perfect that might be tough, but here goes…
1. Exercise more.
This one’s popular with the humans, and it’s not a bad idea. We laze around all day - the average cat sleeps 15 hours a day. So when we’re up and about, it’s a good idea to get some stretches in to keep our bodies the lithe hunting machines they are. Some new toys or a daily play time with the humans is an easy way for us to get the exercise we need.
2. Eat better, not more.
Here’s another favorite with humans! I’m sure my pets have noticed that I’ve been getting a little pudgy lately, but they just think it’s cute. Obesity is not cute! Almost 50% of all domesticated cats are obese. Don’t become a statistic, do something about it.
The humans need to stop feeding us scraps from the table (that stuff can be bad for us, anyway), and get us on a regular, healthy diet. This might mean changing the food brand or the feeding schedule. They should ask the vet for help (as much as I hate him, he does have some good advice..). Meanwhile, I’ll just go leave this list of common feeding mistakes conveniently open on the laptop for my pet to find..
3. Play more.
I’ve accepted that the humans need to be kept on a long leash. They come and go as they please, and are gone who knows where most of the day. When they come home we can demand attention, but until then it’s up to us to stay entertained.
Playing more is a great way to waste time until we can get the attention and love we deserve. Demand that your pet do any (or all) of these things for you, so you can have something to play with while they’re gone during the day:
- Leave puzzles filled with treats around the house.
- Put up a bird feeder outside our favorite window.
- Have a great scratching post.
- Change things once in a while (why not leave an awesome new cardboard box or five next to the scratching post?)
- Hide catnip-filled toys for us to find.
Doesn’t that all sound like great fun? The humans should get on that right away.
It looks like my time is up - the human is home and probably on her way to shoo me away from the keyboard. So inconsiderate! Good luck with your resolutions, and happy holidays.. or whatever.