I got to meet Santa Claws over the weekend! I will confess, it wasn’t the first time. My human and I tried before, when I was still pretty much a kitten (December 2015), and it was a disaster! I cried and did not want to sit in Santa’s lap and I thought he was weird and scary. But it has been a couple of years now, and I’m an experienced therapy cat. So I wanted to give it another try. Spoiler alert: it went a lot better this time!
I really wanted to go this year because 100% of the $9.95 it costs goes directly to help local homeless pets through the Petco Foundation. Santa doesn’t get paid anything for posing with us. Maybe he even makes his own donation! Anyhow, once my human paid and we got in line, I put on my favorite Santa dress. It says “Santa Baby” in rhinestones on the back.
While we were waiting, I got lots and lots of compliments for my beauty and temperament! Plus my human brought some treats and did High Fives and paw shakes with me to keep me busy. I don’t know why people are always so impressed by that. Binga learned High Fives just by watching me do them. They are easy! It didn’t take very long for our turn.
I actually didn’t feel much like hanging out on Santa’s lap, but I wasn’t scared like last time. I just wanted to explore more than sit around. I’m not really a lap cat. I will snuggle on the bed with patients, but that’s as far as that goes. Otherwise, I want to wander! Eventually I stayed on Santa’s lap long enough for a photo.
Here is the picture! I think I look better than Santa does — I did tell him what I wanted for Christmas: for all kitties to have homes and for all the patients I visited to be well. I already have lots of stuff.