When it comes to celebrating the holidays, many cat lovers clearly consider their furry companions equal - and sometimes more than equal - members of the family.
“I like to make little pompoms, catnip mice, catnip fish - all kinds of different things - for my cats to open Christmas morning.”
“My cat loves her Christmas dress … or I think she does.”
“My 10-year-old cat actually sits at the table for Christmas dinner - which is totally bizarre and I can’t believe I’m admitting this! She sits at the head of the table and eats turkey off a Royal Doulton china plate.”
These are a few of the comments shared recently by cat lovers at Toronto’s Royal York hotel. That’s where a couple of hundred people gathered on a wintry night for a comedy fundraiser for the Humane Society and Annex Cat Rescue called “Feline Festivus.”
Lovers of all things feline gathered to bring on the holiday cheer, tell a few jokes and raise money for cats with no place to call home.
And even among the cat-lovers, there was room for a bit of a Grinch: "If you hang up stockings for your cat, it's the same thing as buying free-range chicken treats. They have no idea what you're doing, it's all for your own psycho pleasure."
CBC Radio producer Frank Faulk dropped by Feline Festivus to record the loving - and wacky - lengths people go to in order to make Christmas a special time for their kitty companions. To hear more of what people had to say about their cats and the holiday season, tune-in Sunday to CBC Radio’s The Sunday Edition starting at 9 a.m., or listen here.