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A Feline Festivus

You don’t have to be a Seinfeld fan to celebrate feline Festivus. A made-up holiday celebrated on December 23, Festivus has three main components: the pole, the airing of grievances (only during/after a tasty, meaty meal), and feats of strength. What’s not to love for a curious, clever cat?

Whatever ways you choose to celebrate, your cat probably wants a front row seat and we’ve got the best ways you can make the most out of this grand event.

A Festivus for the Rest of Us!

While your cat may miss a real holiday tree, a Festivus pole can still become a point of interest for them (even without dangerous tinsel or breakable ornaments). There’s no rule against dressing up the pole with sisal or other thick-fibered rope, so you could turn it into Fluffy’s new scratching post. Just be sure to anchor it to the floor, ceiling, or wall to reduce the risk of it tipping over onto your festive feline!

Don’t Forget to Eat

Savory meatloaf sliced perfectly and placed on a bed of lettuce is the show’s answer to the Festivus meal. Chances are, your cat would like some version of that. Check out this delicious feline Festivus meatloaf recipe or create one of your own that’s customized to your cat’s fine tastes. Just keep in mind that there are some risky foods for your cat to eat, and plan the meal accordingly.

Gripes!

Of all the pets we know and love, cats seem the most likely to have a list of ways they were disappointed in the previous year. It could have to do with less outdoor time, fewer treats, frayed toys, or perhaps they just wanted more time with you. Even though your cat cannot easily communicate these grievances, allot for additional snuggling this season and increase play time.

Pinned to the Floor?

In the Seinfeld episode where the gang is introduced to the idea of Festivus, they learn the head of the household must be pinned down to the floor during the segment “Feats of Strength.” We’ve already discussed amping up your cat’s exercise and enrichment activities; perhaps this part of feline Festivus encourages your cat to sit on top of you while you give them the pets and scratches they so deserve.

It’s Time to Celebrate

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From all of us at Beyond Indigo Pets, we wish you and yours a joyous holiday season!