Meezer Musings
November 2020


Tidings of Comfort and Joy (with a Taste of Hygge)

On this Thanksgiving weekend, a very happy Thanksgiving to our American friends and to everyone who celebrates the meaning of this holiday. This year, gratitude for our families and friends, our happiness and above all, our health, seems more appropriate than ever.

What a year it's been. As we head into the holiday season I expect most of us are reeling from the impact that Covid-19 has had on our lives and the losses it has brought, whether through loss of personal freedom, income, health or even, in the worst cases, loss of family members or friends.

This is the time of year when, usually, many of us are enjoying get-togethers with our families and looking forward to a month of lights and fun and holiday cheer.

It's also a time for hats and scarves and mittens and even tail-warmers (oh my!) as those of us in northern parts start seeing the first snows of the winter, demonstrated beautifully by AmyLyn Bihrle's Siamese friend below.

Snow may be more than plentiful in some parts, but fun and holiday cheer perhaps less so, so let's see if we can find some.

'Siamese Cat with Special Gift'
Image with thanks to and
copyright © AmyLyn Bihrle
Prints from an original painting available in a variety of sizes
from AmyLyn Bihrle on Etsy

Meezer Musings this month can be summed up by the Norwegian and Danish word, hygge. Hygge is about getting away from the icy weather outside and creating an atmosphere of comfort and warmth, lights and sparkle, pleasure, friendship, shelter and cheer.

As is usual in November we're taking a look at gifts, stationery and other products featuring Siamese cats. Many of these have been created by crafters and designers who sell their creations via the online stores Etsy and Zazzle, together with a few products that can be found on Amazon.



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Lights and Sparkle

This year many people seem to be craving an early start to the glow of the holiday season and have been putting their Christmas trees and lights up early. I love Christmas tree decorations, so as usual I've been on the lookout for Siamese-cat related ones.

Here's a small selection - they make perfect stocking fillers or little gifts, and some of them can even be personalized with your cat's name.

All the decorations below are handmade; clicking the images or links below them will take you to the crafters' individual stores where you can find out more about them. Better be quick though, as they tend to sell out fast.

While you're decorating your tree, why not finish it off with a Siamese tree skirt? Reasonably priced and available from Amazon in several different sizes, this one will guarantee you a Meezer (several of them, in fact!) under the tree on Christmas Day.

Siamese Cat Christmas Tree Skirt
Find on Amazon




Cozy (Cosy) Cushions

I didn't know until recently that there are two spellings of cozy (the American version) - also known as cosy (the British way). However you spell it, the word oozes snuggling up and comfort and warmth.

And who wouldn't want one of these beautiful cushions to snuggle up to? Online store Zazzle has a range of beautifully-designed Siamese cat cushions at the moment (many of them with Black Friday discounts this weekend!)

Below are four of my favorites. Again, clicking the photos or links below them will take you there.

For seasonal cheer, here's a festive cushion cover (note, though, that this is just the cover, it doesn't include the cushion) from Amazon. Imagine finding a furry gift like this under your Christmas tree!

Siamese Cat Christmas Cushion Cover
Find on Amazon



Socks and Sweatshirts

Important elements in creating an atmosphere of hygge are warm socks and sweaters. The Zazzle designers don't let us down - here's just a small selection of the best of the Siamese cat sock designs from them.

I particularly like the rainbow socks! The leopard print ones are pretty cool too. However, if sweatshirts are more your thing, they've also got you covered.



The Spirit of Friendship

Many of us haven't been able to get together with our friends and families since early in the year and sometimes it may feel as if the world has forgotten us. This year it's probably more important than ever to remember and contact faraway friends, so if you're planning to send Christmas cards, here are some you may like.

Suzanne Le Good always has a selection of Christmas cards available on Etsy. The ones below come in packs of five and feature a range of cats with different point colors, hand-decorated with glitter.

Siamese cat art Christmas cards
Image copyright © Suzanne Le Good
Available here from Suzanne Le Good on Etsy

If a vintage 1950s look is more your style, check out the two handmade card designs below from Vintage Images UK.

The first features a mischievous, slinky Siamese swatting a glass tree ball, and in the second, a pair of lovers cuddle up for a kiss under the mistletoe.

Unusual and delightful, you can find out more about both cards by clicking the images or the links below them.

Siamese Cat with Tree Ornament
Image copyright © Vintage Images UK
Available here on Etsy

Siamese Cats and Mistletoe
Image copyright © Vintage Images UK
Available here on Etsy

Our final card selection has an Art Deco feel and contains four cards featuring a little flame point having fun in a snowy landscape with a range of seasonal, rather than specifically Christmas, messages - good will, joy, hope and peace.

The cards are blank inside, so they'd be suitable for any winter holiday or New Year greetings.

Winter holiday card selection by Open Cupboard Designs

Holiday Cat Card Set
Image copyright © Open Cupboard Designs
Available from Open Cupboard Designs on Etsy



Topical Tips for Christmas and the Holidays

Christmas and other holidays are times when there are foods, plants and other temptations of all kinds around the house. Not all of them are cat-friendly!

So here are some reminders about keeping your cats safe, happy, and out of trouble during the festivities.


  • Trees. Make sure the tree's securely fastened. I've even seen photos from folks who hang their trees upside down from the ceiling! This may be going too far but securing your tree so that it can't topple over makes good sense. Vacuum up fallen tree needles frequently to prevent them being eaten.
  • Lights. Keep electrical cables well out of the way, hidden under rugs or covered with cable protectors, and use circuit breakers. Never leave trees unattended especially if you have kittens. Kittens have been known to hang themselves by getting tangled up in light cables.
  • Candles. Don't leave lighted candles unattended or in places where they might accidentally be knocked over, start a fire, or injure your pet.
  • Decorations. Make sure ornaments and other decorations are non-toxic and keep any eye out for any small pieces that could get stuck if your cats try to eat them.
  • Plants and flowers.  Popular plants at this time of year include poinsettia, holly, mistletoe and amaryllis. All of these are toxic to a greater or lesser degree so are best kept well out of reach or avoided. Lilies (often found in bouquets) are lethal to cats.
  • Foods. Chocolate, cake, candies, cookies, nuts, alcohol - none of these are good for cats, and some ingredients - raisins, sultanas, onions and garlic are more toxic. If in doubt, cat food is better than human food!
  • Gifts. Cats love to 'help' wrap Christmas gifts, but make sure they don't accidentally swallow tape, string, paper or other wrappings by tidying up after yourself. Once wrapped, don't leave packages containing foods or treats under the tree - they're sure to be discovered (and devoured) by inquisitive noses!
  • Visitors. Provide a calm, safe space for your cats to retreat to, and, as always, make sure they can't escape through open doors when visitors arrive.
  • Vets' hours. Make a note of your regular vet's opening hours over the holidays, as well as the location and availability of emergency vets in case the worst happens. 




But What About the Meezers?

So far the items above have been for the delight of humans, but what about our Meezer pals? There's an account I follow on Twitter - a family of two humans, one long-haired black cat and three Siamese youngsters.

They've had a great deal of fun and laughter from the Flippity Fish below, which seems to be eagerly anticipated and enjoyed by everyone. So in case you're in the market for a new toy, this one, available on Amazon, might just fit the bill.

Flippity Fish - Motion-Activated, Catnip-Filled Interactive Cat Toy
Find on Amazon



Tail End ...

I hope you've enjoyed our prowl through all the Siamese goodies. If nothing else, the sheer variety on offer goes to show that Siamese cats remain as popular as ever!

Keep Warm This Christmas
Image copyright © Suzanne Le Good
Available from Suzanne Le Good on Etsy

2020 has been a tough year for so many - not the exciting year we may have anticipated last December. With several vaccines on the horizon, though, there is at least a little light up ahead so let's hope for better times to come.

I'll be back at the end of January with another Meezer Musings, and in the meantime I hope you remain safe, happy and healthy.

Wishing you a very warm and comforting festive season.

Caroline



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