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A Very Kitty Christmas

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A Very Kitty Christmas

Three French hens, two turtledoves, and my cat in our Christmas tree…

I remember that Christmas well. Coming home exhausted from a long day at the clinic, I called out for our kitten, Sebastian. Sebastian was also known as Bud, Buddy, Lil Guy, and Don’t-think-for-a-second-that-he-won’t-do-it Guy. He was the quintessential kitten — into everything. And I mean everything!

So when Sebastian didn’t show up right away, I knew he was up to something. I looked everywhere — under the beds, on top of shelves, in the manger. Yes, I said manger. The year before, my brother-in-law had made a beautiful ceramic manger for my husband and me. Of course Sebastian thought it was his, and proceeded to knock over camels, sheep, Mary and Joseph so that he could curl up in the straw next to baby Jesus. I think he felt slighted that no barn cats showed up in traditional nativity scenes. Point taken.

But there was the nativity, with no additional characters. I couldn’t imagine where he was. Then I had the feeling that someone, or something, was watching me. As I slowly turned, I saw two golden eyes staring at me from the middle of the Christmas tree. There sat Sebastian, happy as could be, perched on a branch deep in the tree. I’m sure he thought we had brought it home just for him.

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Susan Wagner

Dr. Susan Wagner is a board certified veterinary neurologist whose pioneering work acknowledges the bioenergetic interaction between people and animals. She is an advocate for change in the area of interpersonal violence and animal cruelty, and works toward a greater understanding surrounding the health implications of the human-animal bond. Dr. Wagner is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University Veterinary College, a Level IV Healing Touch for Animals practitioner and co-author of Through A Dog’s Ear.


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12:07PM PST on Dec 12, 2014

Thank you

4:49AM PST on Dec 10, 2014

Wherever there's our furry friend, it's Christmas and love

11:23PM PST on Dec 8, 2014

What a wonderful story ツ

But there IS a legend that puts a cat at The Nativity ... shortly after Mary had given birth to Jesus, she laid her newborn baby to rest in a manger. The hay was not very comfortable, and the noise from the animals close by kept him awake, so Baby Jesus started crying.

A stray cat happened to wander by, and paused at the sound of the baby crying. Instinctively she jumped into the manger and settled down next to Jesus. Jesus fell fast asleep snuggled up against the soft, warm cat, soothed by her purrs.

In loving gratitude Mary stroked the forehead of the cat. As she did the cat received the M on her forehead - the M of a tabby cat.

Every manger should include tabby cat ♥

12:07AM PDT on May 27, 2013

Such a sweet story! Thanks for sharing.

8:40PM PST on Dec 8, 2012

What a lovely Yuletide story - thank you.

8:37PM PST on Dec 8, 2012

Delightful story. Sadly, I won't be spending Christmas with my Dad this year as he passed away unexpectedly in September, albeit at a ripe old age. The same goes for the sixteen year old cat that owned me, she got suddenly ill and had to be put to sleep on Dec 7th, x-rays revealing organ failure (her previous checkup had been fine).

We once had a cat called Bear Love who delighted in downing the Christmas tree. He simply enjoyed his journey up and down the pine tree which was eventually secured each year with rope.

8:26PM PST on Dec 8, 2012

Wonderful article, thank you for sharing!

8:25PM PST on Dec 8, 2012

Wonderful article, thank you for sharing!

6:06AM PST on Dec 3, 2011

love the story AND the picture - but that photo is so small that it can't be used for my desktop...
isn't it possible to provide a link to a bigger size (with copyright info of course)?

5:12AM PST on Dec 2, 2011

Aha ... so it was the cats who started the war on Xmas!

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