As they spend much time with their human partners, both cats and dogs know when our behaviour changes and respond to it.
So as the excitement increases in the run-up to Christmas, they can feel it in their owners and most want to be included in it.
This year, as many millions of people prepare their Christmas gift lists, they will include their canine and feline companions and plan to show them how much they are loved at this particular time of the year.
It is especially exciting in a home where a pet is approaching its first Christmas.
As the cards and decorations increase, they present a fascinating change in their environment that they can not resist to explore.
Of course, this can mean much misfortune when they find the tree, with its adornments and lights that shine in a seductive, too irresistible way, but Christmas is a time for sharing, is not it?
Even if your cat or dog does not appreciate the treats (and it is rare that it does not), it can be a good move, since the winter weather is getting ready to stock up on bulk supplies from your favourites.
Ragdoll cat, you want to keep happy. Keep in mind that, over the next few weeks, you probably have more human company than you will have for the rest of the year, so have some extra toys or a scratch post to give them for the much-needed exercise.
You can join them to play; it’s a lovely way to spend time when the weather is not suitable for something else.
Cats need physical and mental stimulation, and interaction with them at every opportunity makes them feel part of the family, and it has been shown that it also improves the well-being of humans.
The weather can make anyone go down as the winter progresses, but bringing in some new cat toys or a cat scratching post will give them something to focus on, as well as what they might be doing there in the snow.
So make sure your cat has not forgotten this Christmas. Allow them to share the excitement and happiness of the occasion, and they will thank you for the rest of the year.