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A Very Kitty Christmas

  • a Care2 favorite by Susan Wagner

As Sebastian got older, he chose to sleep under the tree with his new cat brother, Vinny. They spent so much time amongst the Christmas village that I had to remove sap from their fur. My husband and I later came to realize that cutting a tree down just didn’t seem appropriate anymore, so we switched to artificial ones. Sebastian and Vinny loved those trees, too. But I was always tempted to put a little maple syrup on each of the heads for old times sake.

I also clearly remember the morning I walked into the kitchen, half asleep, heading straight for the coffee pot. Out of my peripheral vision I noticed the green carpet in the living room. Then I realized that we don’t have green carpet. I turned and found our tree on its side – ornaments everywhere. Just like most cat brothers, Sebastian and Vinny enjoyed wrestling. They must have had a standoff turned pounce-fest in Christmas village. We had to buy a new tree topper that year.

Thank goodness he never knocked over my mother-in-law’s tree. Sebastian loved riding in the car, so we took him home for the holidays. He took full advantage of Italian Christmas at Nana’s house, and came back a little heavier every year. As soon as we would arrive, he would stalk the tree, pick one stuffed ornament off the bottom limbs, and hang on to it for the entire visit. I guess he figured it was his Christmas present.

Each Christmas, as my husband and I hang ornaments on our tree, we remember all of the friends and family who gave them to us. After 29 holidays, we have acquired quite a few. And one of us will always bring up the story of the day Sebastian discovered the joy of Christmas.

May you and your human and animal companions have a wonderful, cat-like Holiday Season. I’m doing just that, and thanking my lucky stars that I’m not writing about the day Sebastian knocked over the burning Menorah…..

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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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