Step 1. Open The Boy’s closet and encourage the kittens to take a nap inside.
Step 2. Casually walk downstairs like you’re not going to do anything interesting.
Step 3. Go ahead and turn on the camera – you know steps 1 and 2 are fruitless, right?
Step 4. Consult the brown kitten as you choose a paper.
Step 5. Ask the grey kitten about the paper when he runs the brown kitten off.
Step 6. Lay out paper to judge size according to the package being wrapped.
Step 7. Move the grey kitten off the paper, onto the shelf under the window.
Step 8. Watch, helplessly, as the grey kitten tries to step back on the table but puts his foot on paper that does not have table underneath it. Watch him fall, slamming his chin on the table edge on his way down.
Step 9. Drop everything and scoop the grey kitten into your arms. Check for injury. Walk around the house with him in your arms for 20 minutes while his world stops spinning.
Step 10. Decide to blow of wrapping for a while.
Step 11. Return, after dinner, to wrapping.
Step 12. Allow the brown kitten to “curl” some ribbon.
Oliver is fine. We finished wrapping presents and snuggled up on the couch. Purr therapy works both ways.
What about the part where they need to inspect what’s IN the box prior to allowing it to be entered into the wrapping process?
Step 3 applies to so many things in life.
I had help last night from a gray kitten too! She was really very good!
Ozzy pretty much kept Esme away from the wrapping process. But she considers all wrapped presents hers for unwrapping, so they aren’t going under the tree until the last possible moment.