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PURRfect Valentine’s Day Gifts for Cats

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching! This festive event, held annually on February 14, is devoted to keeping the spirit of admiration and friendship alive and to celebrate romantic and unconditional love.

Speaking of unconditional love (also described as Agape Love), if we take time to thoroughly explore our relationship with our cats, we will discover that they love us unconditionally. Giving love without expecting anything in return is the true meaning of unconditional love.

Take a few moments to think about what unconditional love means to you. If you contrast it with romantic love, it’s easy to recognize that cats are formidable exemplars of Agape love. We can learn a lot about how to “reach” this peaceful state of mind, since our cats show us what unconditional love truly is. Cats give us the greatest of all gifts; trust, gratitude, boundless adoration, and, of course a wealth of belly laughs.

As I was writing this article, I started wondering if anyone else besides my husband and I give their kitties Valentine’s Day gifts, and whether people in general think it absurd to give their cats a gift for Valentine’s Day. But when you get right down to it, most kitties wouldn’t know it was Valentine’s Day seeing that cats lack proficiency in reading calendars.

Given that every year my husband and I celebrate “love day,” we include our cats in the festivities. At the same time, it can be not very easy to find suitable Valentine’s Day presents for kitties since many typical Valentine’s Day gifts are not feline appropriate. For example, It would be a waste of time and money to give cats a card or a book since felines generally aren’t voracious readers. It’s definitely out of the question to gift kitties with a fancy box of luscious chocolate because this candy is highly toxic to cats. And it would be incredibly dangerous to present them with a dozen long-stemmed red roses. After all, such a “thorny” gift would injure them.

After surfing the Internet for tip-top feline-related gifts, some of the ideas that we considered are unusual interactive toys, a new cat tree, and a cardboard scratcher. Overstock.com often runs sales for appealing cat gifts. Feline flyers are always appreciated, as are cozy kitty beds. Chewy.com always has fabulous kitty-gizmo deals. What we especially love about Chewy is that if the cat finds a gift unacceptable or if a toy breaks right away, Chewy’s policy guarantees that they will replace the toy with no shipping charge.

If you’ve been hunting for some unique “classy” gifts for your cats,(and dogs) visit my dear friend Rosie Raddatz’s outstanding shop, RRKatz and Dogz Kreations by rrkatzanddogz on Etsy. It features an assortment of reasonably toys, blankets and a variety of pet clothing. Rosie creates her delightful, unique items with great care and with an abundance of love. A few years ago, Rosie gifted our two kitties with a few of her charming creations. Both kitties think these items are the “Cat’s Meow”. They enjoy curling up together to nap on their comfy, cuddly blanket and love playing with the toys. If you are interested in further information you may contact her directly on Rosie’s Shop.

As a Valentine’s Day gift for yourself, grab your camera or cellphone and photograph your beautiful kitties with their Valentine’s Day presents. If you have a digital video camera, why not make a short feature-film with an enchanting love song as background music. These photographs would make attractive holiday cards for your cat-loving friends.

Personally speaking; my husband and I think it’s an awesome idea to spread the love by including your cats in your Valentine’s Day festivities.

Photo credit: Etsy photo: Rosie Raddatz

By: Jo Singer, MSW, CSW, LCSW, (Ret.)

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