Don't waste money on fancy toys — these GIFs prove pets just want the box

Dec 18, 2014 at 1:27 p.m. ET

Instead of tossing those cardboard boxes after your family has torn into the Christmas gifts, give them to your favorite furry pals so they can tear into Christmas too. We call it creative recycling. Our animals simply call it fun.

What your dog really wants for Christmas. A box.

Dog playing with a box

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Whoa! Did you just see what's in that box?

Cat playing with a box

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It's a critter. In a box.

Critter in a box

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Yeah, that's right. I like big boxes and I cannot lie.

Cat playing in a box

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This is the best Christmas ever.

Ferrets playing in a box

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Surprise! It's me, The Cat.

Cat attacking dog

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You don't need a jack-in-the-box when you have a cat-in-the-box.

Cat playing in a box

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That is not cardboard! That is not what I wanted for Christmas!

Dog in a box

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Kittens do the darnedest boxy things.

Kitten in a box

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Boxes make the best hide-and-seek places when it comes to bunnies.

Cat in a box

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Nobody puts Baby in the box. Except for me. Bwahahaha.

Cats playing with a box

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I gotcha!

Cat playing in box

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Don't bother buying another cat bed.

Cat sleeping in a box

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That cat is such an attention hog.

Cat playing in a box

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If only they'd feed me more, I wouldn't have to eat the cardboard box.

Dog eating a box

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When you opened the box, you never expected a small pack of puppies.

Puppies in a box

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Give your cat this box when you need to go make those dreaded holiday returns.

Cat playing in a box

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Hey! Who turned out the lights?

Puppy playing in a box

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Get lost, catarazzi, or I will scratch your lens off.

Cat scratching

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Make me get out of this box, and I will kill you.

Dog playing in a box

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The box trap.

Cat trapped in a box

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