Celebrate the Holidays
My husband recently brought our 4-year-old cat, Mathilda, to the office for a photo shoot (see the results on page 24). As we struggled to get her to cooperate
(kissy noises, soothing comments, lots of treats, and, eventually,
shameless pleading), I started thinking back fondly to the days
when she was a kitten — and a little more manageable. We
adopted her five days before Christmas, and she’s one of
the best presents we’ve ever given ourselves.
The holidays are a special time as it is, but cele-
brating them surrounded by our beloved cats makes
them even better. My cats seem to take the holidays
in stride. If they don’t like all the holiday party guests,
they just leave the room. They like to “help” me wrap
presents (which would explain why the wrapping
paper is usually wrinkled or covered in cat hair). And
they’d rather nap under the Christmas tree than try to
climb it — well, three of them, anyway.
We’ve been very lucky in that we’ve never had any kind of
holiday emergency with our cats — no injuries from broken or
chewed ornaments, no eating what they shouldn’t, and no sudden trips to the vet because one of them decided to eat tinsel.
So, while this time of year is wonderful, it can also be dangerous — especially if you have a particularly curious cat. Our
Special Holiday Issue is full of great tips to help your feline family
members have a safe and happy season. Dr. Marty Becker tells us
how to keep our cats safe this season with his list of top holiday
hazards. We’ll also explain how your cats cope with the holidays
during their different life stages, whether it’s a crazy kitten rolling around in wrapping paper or a senior cat content to snooze
under the Christmas tree all day.
We’ve also got lots of goodies for cats and their people. Want
to throw a party that’s a little, well, different? Check out Louise
Hung’s suggestions for ugly cat sweater parties and fun host/
hostess gifts. No doubt your cat will already be the center of
attention, but the feline accessories (Bow ties! Corsages!) on
page 46 will dazzle your guests.
We had a lot of fun putting this
issue together — hope you enjoy it!
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Annie with foster kittens
Marion, Snoopy, and Spot,
all of whom found their
forever homes through
Orange County Animal
Care in Southern California.
Mathilda back when
she was our little
Meet Our Cover Cat
Nine-year-old Persian Garfi,
aka the world’s angriest cat,
lives in Turkey with his human
mom and photographer, Hulya
Ozkok. Garfi’s road to stardom
began when Hulya’s son
requested photos of the angry-looking feline. So she created
a Flickr album called Garfi, the
World’s Angriest Cat, featuring
photos of Garfi next to a
Christmas tree, posing after a
bath, hovering over a turkey at
Thanksgiving, and many more.
It should come as no surprise
that he looks angry in all of
them. But don’t be fooled by
his tough guy exterior — the
feline is actually a sweet and
wonderful cat who enjoys
posing for photos, eating,
sleeping, playing, scratching,
and watching birds.
He also throws in the
occasional growl and likes to
make the rules. No matter how
hard he tries to look and act
scary, Garfi looks silly doing it.
Want to learn more about
this sweet boy? Check out his
various social media accounts:
➜ Twitter at @meetgarfi