What to give the feline in your life who already has everything.
With the winter holiday season in full swing, you might be looking for unique but useful gift ideas for the cats and cat lovers in your life. Fortunately, cats are not nearly as difficult to figure out as people since they tend to live by the premise “Eat, Sleep, Play.” Keep them busy when they’re awake, satisfy their instinctual needs (such as hunting and playing), and give them plenty of quiet time to get their 17 hours of sleep in each day, and you’ll have healthy, happy cats who adore you. Here are my favorite gifts that can satisfy cats’ instinctual needs.
Loving Pet Cat Bowls: These cat-specific bowls will help keep your felines feeding area neat and tidy and are stylish enough to complement your home’s design. The bowls are available in several styles—Bella, Le Bol (image right) and Robusto—and are designed to be durable and affordable.
Beco Pet Cat Bowl: The Beco Bowl for cats features a low rim that keeps your cat’s sensitive whiskers from brushing up against the sides, making dinner time that much enjoyable. Made from bamboo resin, the inexpensive bowls are durable and eco-friendly, and come in five colors: pink, green, blue, tan and natural.
Pet Tree Houses: These tree houses are designed to make your cat feel like she is in the great outdoors. Made from real dragonwood and embellished with silk foliage, they simulate the experience of being in a real tree—without the problems of getting back out of it . While expensive, the trees are incredibly durable and look so natural that visitors likely won’t notice your cat napping in the uppermost branches.
K&H Self-Warming Cat Beds: These self-warming beds and mats are washable, durable and feature an internal thermal layer that helps your cat maintain their own body heat. They come in several colors and a variety of styles, including Kitty Sack, Lounge Sleeper, Nuzzle Next, Kitty Bed Hooded, Bolster Bed and Pet Pad.
Neko Flies Wand Toys: These wand toys can get practically any cat moving, no matter what he or she enjoys chasing after. The specially designed rod (image below) takes interactive play to a whole new level, while the range of easily interchangeable, enticing lures that mimic live prey will help keep your cat perpetually entertained.
Bavarian Cat Toys: If your cat doesn’t respond to catnip, you might consider trying valerian root, which some cats enjoy. These soft toys are filled with valerian and spelt, and come in a variety of shapes, including Baldi-Mouse, Cat Face Willy, Fred Fox and Welli-Fish.
And for the Cat Lover…
Soap for People Who Love Cats: This gift box from AZ Soapworks is a fantastic option for any cat lover in your life. The kit includes a (cat-approved) bar of handmade soap (for the human), Kitty Balm (a fun take on “tiger balm”) to treat the occasional cat-induced injury, and Kokum Lotion (a unique blend of premium ingredients such as kokum butter and aloe vera to help heal chapped hands. Prices begin as low as $5 on up to $25 for the cat-lovers kit.
Cat-inspired Accessories: Triple T Studios offers a range of unique cat-themed items, including beautiful cat-inspired jewelry. Whether you’re looking cat-inspired, scarves, hair ties, socks or beautiful handbags, you’re sure to find something for your favorite ailurophile. Prices range from $4 on up to $100.
Guatemalan Cat Ornaments: Available from Pawzaar, each ornament is handcrafted from traditional fabrics and from artisans of a fair trade cooperative in Guatemala. These are perfect as a thank you to your favorite veterinarian or as a gift for a cat-loving officemate. Stock up as these start at only $5 each.
Great Reads for People who Love Cats
Total Cat Mojo: Help your cats harness their mojo with Jackson Galaxy in his newest release. Total Cat Mojo is your guide to better understanding your cat.
Shop Cats of New York: This coffee-table style book is a beautiful look at cats who dwell in New York’s most coziest spots: bookstores, bars, bike shops and bodegas. They have not only taken up residence, they have attained a type of celebrity status around the Big Apple. You’ll love the fun stories and beautiful photos.
Cute Cats 2018 Cat Coloring Book Calendar Notebook: Finally, for the cat lover who has everything, why not pick up the 2018 Cute Cats Coloring Book Calendar? This fun notebook and calendar lets you plan, doodle and color your days away. It’s the perfect gift for a person who loves cats.
About the Author: Stacy Mantle is a fulltime freelance writer, bestselling author and founder of PetsWeekly.com. She resides in the deserts of the Southwest with a few dogs, several cats and a very understanding husband.