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Christmas etiquette for the Siamese/Oriental cat

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Someone sent me an email about Christmas etiquette for dogs, so I rewrote it to apply to my Oriental cats!!

1. Be especially patient with your humans during this time. They may appear to be more stressed out than usual and they will appreciate cuddles on the lap and pushy paws.

2. Your humans may come home with large shopping bags of things they call gifts. Do not assume that all the gifts are yours. The plastic bags containing the gifts, however, ARE yours. Chew to your heart’s content.

3. Present wrapping is a family task and that includes you. Assist with the rolling out of the giftwrap; your human will appreciate you sitting on the paper while he or she tries to cut it. Folding and taping the paper around each gift is fascinating and must be watched intently at close range.

4. Be tolerant if your humans put decorations on you. They seem to get a special kind of pleasure out of seeing how you look in a santa hat.

5. Your humans may bring a large tree into the house and set it up in a prominent place and cover it with lights and decorations. Bizarre as this may seem to you, it is an important ritual for your humans, so there are some things you need to know:

- The decorations are toys
- The leaves are delicious
- The foliage is an excellent place to hide, then pounce on your brother/sister
- Any name tags attached to presents with ribbons should immediately be removed
- The tree can be effectively approached from a nearby windowsill, shelf or TV cabinet. Don’t forget those ‘toys’ on the higher branches
- Extra treats for any cat to reach the star at the top
- Stay clear of the lights (see film ‘Christmas Vacation’ for further details)

6. Your humans may occasionally invite lots of strangers to come and visit during this season. These parties can be lots of fun, but they also call for some discretion on your part:

- Not all strangers appreciate being screeched and whined at
- Flinging yourself at the feet of strangers may not result in tummy rubs. You may get a stiletto in the belly instead
- Stay off the buffet table, strangers don’t appreciate their hors d’oeuvres being covered in cat hair (although your humans are used to it)
- Don’t sniff strangers’ wineglasses, it’s impolite
- Nobody appreciates you acting as culinary critic by trying to ‘bury’ their plate

7. A big man with a white beard and a very loud laugh may emerge from your fireplace in the middle of the night. He can easily be tripped on the stairs, rendering him unconscious. You will then have plenty of time to play in the big sack full of gifts.
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oh that's funny!
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