View Full Version : Wrapping Presents with the help of your Cat!

12-18-2000, 03:58 PM
Got this today from Karen I. (she usually posts on the dog side). She said it started with Logan. Well, I thought you all might enjoy it. I think those of us with kitties can relate! http://PetoftheDay.com/talk/biggrin.gif

1. Clear large space on table for wrapping present.

2. Go to closet and collect bag in which present is
contained, and close door.

3. Open door and remove cat from closet.

4. Go to cupboard and retrieve rolls of wrapping paper.

5. Go back and remove cat from cupboard.

6. Go to drawer, and collect transparent sticky tape,
ribbons, scissors, labels etc.

7. Lay out presents and wrapping materials on table, to
enable wrapping strategy to be formed.

8. Go back to drawer to get string, remove cat that has
been in the drawer since last visit and collect string.

9. Reopen drawer and re-remove cat.

10. Remove present from bag.

11. Remove cat from bag.

12. Open box to check present, remove cat from box,
replace present.

13. Lay out paper to enable cutting to size.

14. Try and smooth out paper, realize cat is underneath
and remove cat.

15. Cut the paper to size, keeping the cutting line straight.

16. Throw away first sheet as cat chased the scissors, and
tore the paper.

17. Cut second sheet of paper to size -- by putting cat in
the bag the present came in.

18. Place present on paper.

19. Lift up edges of paper to seal in present. Wonder why
edges don't reach. Realize cat is between present and
paper. Remove cat and retry.

20. Place object on paper, to hold in place, while cutting
transparent sticky tape.

21. Spend 20 minutes carefully trying to remove
transparent sticky tape from cat with pair of nail

22. Seal paper with transparent sticky tape, making
corners as neat as possible.

23. Look for roll of ribbon. Chase cat down hall in order to
retrieve ribbon.

24. Try to wrap present with ribbon in a two-directional

25. Re-roll ribbon and remove paper, which is now torn
due to cat's enthusiastic ribbon chase.

26. Repeat steps 13-20 until you reach last sheet of paper.

27. Decide to skip steps 13-17, in order to save time and
reduce risk of losing last sheet of paper. Retrieve old
cardboard box, that is the right size for sheet of

28. Put present in box, and tie down with string.

29. Remove string, open box and remove cat.

30. Put all packing materials in bag with present and
head for lockable room.

31. Once inside lockable room, lock door and start to re --
lay out packing materials.

32. Remove cat from box, unlock door, put cat outside
door, close door and re-lock.

33. Repeat previous step as often as is necessary (until
you can hear cries from cat outside door).

34. Lay out last sheet of paper. (This will be difficult in
the small area of the toilet, but do your best.)

35. Discover cat has already torn paper. Unlock door go
out and hunt through various cupboards, looking for
sheet of last year's paper. Remember that you haven't
got any left because cat helped with wrapping last

36. Return to lockable room, lock door, and sit on toilet
and try to make torn sheet of paper look presentable.

37. Seal box, wrap with paper and repair by very carefully
sealing tears with transparent sticky tape. Tie up with
ribbon and decorate with bows to hide worst areas.

38. Label. Sit back and admire your handiwork,
congratulate yourself on completing a difficult job.

39. Unlock door, and go to kitchen to make drink and
feed cat.

40. Spend 15 minutes looking for cat, before coming to
obvious conclusion.

41. Unwrap present, untie box and remove cat.

42. Retrieve all discarded sheets of wrapping paper. Feed
cat. Return to lockable room for last attempt, making
certain you are alone and the door is locked.

43. Find least torn and wrinkled sheets of paper. Attempt
to use sheets of same pattern.

44. Vainly try and wrap present in patchwork of paper.
Tie with now tattered ribbon and decorate with the
now limp bows. Label and put present in bag, for fear
of anyone seeing this disaster.

45. When giving the gift, smile sweetly at receiver's face,
as they try and hide their contempt at being handed
such a badly wrapped present.

46. Promise to yourself that next year, you will get the
store to wrap the present for you.

47. Smile smugly, knowing that the recipient could have
received a cat!

12-18-2000, 05:32 PM
That's great! I'll have to point it out to some cat-folks I know!

12-18-2000, 06:31 PM
I told Karen I. that I knew she wasn't a cat person, but I assured her this is a true description of present wrapping! I sent it to three of my friends (including my sister) who have two cats to contend with. It's hard enough for me with one old lady! Mimi just likes to sit right in the middle of the paper and take a bath! She does the same thing with the newspaper. Of course curling ribbon cranks her chain so she gets all wound up when I start tying the ribbon on the packages!
It is hilarious! Glad you enjoyed it.

12-22-2000, 05:06 PM
what a hoot! Also, I recommend actioncat.com, a great site and it has a great thing on How to Cat Proof Your Christmas Tree. Check it out!

01-08-2001, 10:08 AM
The previously-posted how-to list refers to the traditional wrapping method, but I have also been challenged using the allegedly-more-simple "bag and tissue" method. My black cat Foster is part goat and just LOVES tissue paper (also kleenex, toilet paper, dinner napkins...) http://PetoftheDay.com/talk/rolleyes.gif

At least if I'm doing a gift with wrapping paper/tape/ribbon, I can prepare it ahead of time--assuming the bow isn't too enticing. But if I want to do "bag and tissue" I have to wait until THAT MORNING to get it together. Otherwise, the tissue paper has that unmistakable "deckled edge" to it.