I felt sort of bad that I didn't personally get my kitties anything for Christmas, but they have so many toys and treats already, so I opted to save my money and get them an epic cat tree after we move next month.
I thought it was really sweet of my mom to get them toys, though. She's not really a cat person (horrible allergies), but she is an overall animal-lover and dog person, so she can at least appreciate the love people have for pets of all species, and she knows how much I love my kitties, even though she teases me about going over to the "dark side," since I was raised with dogs.
Looking back, I was really lucky to be raised in an animal-friendly household. We always had dogs and I had rats and a bearded dragon as a kid. My parents never batted an eyelash at taking the rats or the lizard to the vet when needed. We did jokingly refer to one of my rats as "Maxine the $200 rat" because of al the vet bills she racked up (nobody else seemed to understand how or why anybody would spend so much money on a rat that we bought for $6, but thank god my folks understood that there are few things more pricesless than a beloved childhood pet, even if it's not a cat or a dog), but I was fortunate enough to have parents who understood that a pet was never "just a rat" or "just a lizard." All our pets, no matter how small, were treated as members of the family. I'm so thankful that I was raised with proper morals regarding the responsibility of pet ownership. It seems like not enough people are.
Jennifer and the kitties, Coda and Caligula