Ten Ways To Show Your Cats Love On Valentine’s Day

Most of us aren’t surprised when we hear that up to 90 percent of pet owners include their pets in holiday celebrations —especially Christmas. Whether or not they know it’s a holiday, including them in gift buying shows our pets are part of our family. So, for Valentines Day, are you wondering what to do for your favorite feline? Here are some ideas:

  1. Take a nap with her. Most cats relish the opportunity to snuggle with us. Sadly, for many of us, the only time this happens is when we collapse into bed after a long day. So, if your cat likes to snuggle, put on a movie or CD, lie down on the couch and surprise her with a snuggle-fest.
  2. Buy her a new toy — and play with her.
  3. What’s her favorite treat? Buy her a new bag and make a big deal of opening it for her.
  4. Schedule a grooming session. Some cats love to be brushed, others not so much. But whether it’s two minutes or 20, this type of focused attention will be appreciated. Be patient and let her tell you how much she’ll tolerate. Remember to use soft brushes on faces, legs, and feet. One caveat: she may like it so much she’ll be after you for more…
  5. One word: Tuna. While human-grade tuna isn’t good for cats on a consistent basis (it lacks the vital nutrients that cat-tuna has) if your cat is a tuna lover, get her a can for dinner on the big day. If you can find salt-free tuna at a natural grocer, all the better.
  6. Why not get her a coat or sweater? Even is she’s strictly indoor, she may appreciate an extra layer. How about a new collar? Make sure she’s got a tag with your contact info on it, too, and that she’s wearing it anytime she’s out of the house — even for trips to the vet, or if you move to a new apartment.
  7. How about a great cat video? Google “videos for cats” and you’ll get a variety of choices, For some fun and sweet entertainment for yourself, watch her watching her new video.
  8. If you’d like to go all out, how about a new scratching post? There are some pretty cool designs on-line these days, from dog-shaped posts to tall towers that let her get a good stretch while she claws away.
  9. Although your cat may not agree, a check up at your vet is a way to say, “I Love You,” An exam, some blood work perhaps, and a dental check-up can alert you to problems or changes that can be prevented or addressed before they become serious.
  10. How about leaving a legacy? Consider making a donation in your cat’s name to a local, state or national animal shelter, rescue group or foundation. Do some research and find one that seems right for the two of you.