Our Top 8 Cat Holiday Gifts
When it comes to giving presents, your cats can be at the top of the list.
By Sandy Robins
More than 35 percent of cat owners spoil their furry companions with gifts during the holiday season. There’s a wonderful selection of fun ideas in all price ranges and sizes, from stocking stuffers to sculptured cat trees designed to put your feline in purr mode.
Here are our top eight gift ideas:
1. Catnip Stogie
The room will be smoking with revved up feline action when your cat gets her paws around a stogie of compressed catnip. It’s made from 100 percent organic catnip compressed into a roly-poly shape that’s easy to pick up and toss around. MSRP:$5.99.
2. Cat Tree Lookout
You cat can enjoy a simulated outdoor scratching and climbing experience with a cat tree that has a real bark and sisal scratching surfaces and place to snooze amongst some silk leaves, which will also provide endless enjoyment for playing hide and seek. Various designs, styles and shapes are available. MSRP: $119 – $1,299
3. Pounce Automatic Cat Teaser
The Pounce is an automatic, rotating, hide-and-seek cat toy featuring Marshal Maus, who zips around the circular path, zooming forward, reversing direction, hiding under obstacles and occasionally twitching back and forth. The unpredictable movement stimulates your cat’s natural instinct to hunt, chase and pounce on prey. It has various speeds and an automatic shut off button after 10 minutes. MSRP: $30.95
4. Leopard Cat Tote Carrier
Designed for small- and medium-sized cats, this durable carrier has a flexible frame and tightly woven wire mesh offering excellent ventilation and ensuring that claws won’t get caught in the material. It includes a machine washable faux lambskin liner, offers both top and side entry and has three roomy zipper pockets. It’s also available in black. MSRP: $73
5. Crazy Tail
Toys that mimic the thrill of the hunt hone a cat’s hunting skills and offer great exercise opportunities. The Crazy Tail is a battery-operated toy that can be attached to a doorknob. Switch it on and the string tail flies all over the place; it’s ideal for multi-cat households. Two AAA batteries are included. MSRP: $18.99
6. Feline Stationary For Fun and Games
The SuperCat™ range of feline stationary items include papers bags, post-it note-styled catnip crumples and scratch ‘n sniff stickers all infused with catnip bubbles that release the irresistible scent as the cat scratches on the surfaces or plays with the paper items. There are catnip markers that can be used to “draw’ on all surfaces, too. MSRP:$3.99 -$8.99
7. Loving Pet Vintage Black Double Diner for Cats
A vintage-styled brushed metal double diner in a fishbone pattern will add a decorative touch to your kitchen and provide your cat with stylish, but practical dinnerware.The raised diner keeps bowls off the ground to discourage pests and prevents them moving around as your cat eats or drinks. The removable bowls are stainless-steel, bacteria-resistant and dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning. The stand has a rubber bottom for skid-resistance; it’s perfect for food and water. MSRP: $16.99
8. NekoNapper—The Purrfect Cat House
The NekoNapper is a cozy pet house that wil lquickly become a popular feline snooze zone. It offers privacy as well as a nice lookout to keep an eye on household activity. It’s sturdily constructed but lightweight, so it’s easy to move around the home. MSRP : $70
About the Author: Sandy Robins is the 2013 winner of the “Excellence in Journalism and Outstanding Contribution to the Pet Industry Award.” Her work appears on many of the country’s leading pet platforms, such as MSNBC.com, MSN.com and TODAYShow.com. She is a regular contributor and columnist in multiple national and international publications, including Cat Fancy, as well as the author of the award-winning books “Fabulous Felines: Health and Beauty Secrets for the Pampered Cat” and “For The Love of Cats.” Learn more about Sandy on her website or Facebook page. #welovecats