‘WHY ARE ADVENT CALENDARS FOR CATS EVEN A THING???’ is the first point I’d like to make in this article.

Secondly – if you are going to make them – why, oh why, make them cartoonish and appealing to children, and presumably, put them down the kid’s aisle?

If you ask me, a story like this was bound to happen, and guess what, poor little nine-year old Alissa Evans has been stuffing her face with cat treats for the past few days.

The £1.99 Garfield calendar from B&M seemed like a steal when mum Jess bought it, but was later horrified to find out it contained catnip.

She only realised when her daughter started to complain about the’weird tasting’ calendar, as well as when she started scratching the sofa buzzed offer head and landing on her feet every time she fell over (those last two bits are a joke).

You’d think the words ‘advent calendar for cats’ written in quite large letters across the bottom and the green treats would have been a big giveaway but neither Jess nor Alissa realised.

After wondering what was wrong with it, the mum-of-three turned over the advent calendar and discovered the ‘apple flavoured chocolates’ were yoghurt and catnip treats.


Although it could have been worse, they could have been Garfield’s favourite: lasagne flavoured.

Jess, from Oswestry, Shropshire, says she was fur-ious when she realised her error.

She said:

“I was in shock and felt like the worst mother ever when I realised I’d bought her a calendar for cats.

“She said they tasted a bit strange, but hadn’t said they were horrible, so I just forgot about it.

“Alissa hadn’t been eating them for a few days and when I asked why she brought the box over to me.

“I remember thinking they did look a funny shade of green and didn’t have a chocolatey smell.

“When I turned the calendar over and read that it was yoghurt and catnip flavour I couldn’t believe it – and that it had taken 11 days for us to notice.”

She added:

“I was rushing around at the last minute with all three of them Christmas shopping and went into B&M where all the advent calendars were and picked it up without reading it,” said Jess.

“On the 11th of December I was opening the younger girls’ calendars but Alissa said she didn’t want hers and had stopped eating them.

“When I looked at the box I couldn’t believe it. I have a degree in English literature and creative writing but still couldn’t read a calendar and it had taken me 11 days to realise.

“Once she got over the shock she found the funny side of it. Thankfully she’s absolutely fine and I’ve checked online that she will be okay.

“I’m going to give the calendar to my friend for her cat.”

Thankfully, though, it looks as though little Alissa got a normal, human calendar in the end, and a Celebrations one at that.

Not bad at all, really.

Again, though, I’ll go back to my point at the start of this article: why are there advent calendars for cats in the first place? Their paws will never be able to open the windows.

Do cats even have a concept of what Christmas is?

All questions we’ll never know the answers to.

Images via Kennedy News and Media