From the feline point of view, boxes, wrapping paper and ribbons are deemed to be fabulous cat toys. Every cat owner knows that if you purchase a terrific cat toy, she will be more interested in the box in which it was packed. You may have to confine her to another room while you are gift-wrapping presents in order to give yourself a chance to get the job done. The problem is not only the nuisance value but also ribbons and string can be very dangerous if chewed and swallowed.
Never allow your cat to play with plastic bags. If you do decide to give her a big paper bag to enjoy and keep her busy while you are wrapping, cut the handles off so that she can’t get her neck caught and possibly strangle herself. Better still, buy her special feline crinkle bags to play with.
Also, be wary of putting out gifts with ribbons and bows if your cat is attracted to such decorations. You can also sprinkle a little pepper on the gifts or bitter aloe spray to deter further feline interest until it is time to open the gifts.