What to get your cat for Christmas
You’ve heard it said that pets are family, and that is as true on Christmas as it is any other day of the year. You wouldn’t show up with presents for every member of the clan but one, would you?
Cats obviously don’t understand our fuss over the holidays, but any cat owner will tell you that most do really enjoy receiving gifts. Any cats on your list will most certainly be the most openly appreciative recipients you’ll have the pleasure of gifting this year. Their unconcealed delight begins long before they’ve even seen the intended present: no doubt they’ll love the toys and treats you’ve so carefully wrapped, but the wrapping is a gift in itself! Crinkly paper is a thrill! Ribbons and bows are a boundless source of fun. And the boxes…oh the boxes.
And while the pleasure of curling ribbon, paper gift totes, and corrugated cardboard may never wear thin, Christmas is a wonderful time to expand your kitty’s toy horizon. We’ve compiled a list of some our favorite gifts for your kitty this year in a wide range of prices.
Glow-in-the-dark bouncy ball by DeziRoo
Simple, yet ingenious. Or at least your cat will think so. Roll or bounce this toy on a hard surface and watch the tail wiggle. Well, even if you don't think it's brilliant, your cat will. He won't just watch; he'll be entranced.
This toy has two special features worth mentioning: the tail is "marinated" in catnip, which may increase your cat's desire to interact with this toy, and it glows in the dark. So just when you're heading off to bed...your cat will think it's a fine time to play.
For just $9.99, you get 3. You'll need 3 if your cat is a shredder. Buy it here:
Interactive Cat Puzzle by PetsHelperCo
The ball is here. No it's here. No it's here! This puzzle toy will keep your cat entertained. And more importantly, it will keep your cat coming back for more. This is a toy for thinking cat, the cat who likes to solve problems. It's also for the cat who likes to stick her paw in little holes (you know who you are). This is a beautifully handmade wooden toy, and it's a splurge at $76. But your cat says she's worth it. Buy it here:
Hand-Felted Solid Wool Balls by redheadnblue
Sometimes the best toys are the simplest. Anyone who's ever watched a cat chase the plastic ring from a milk jug around the kitchen for hours can attest to this fact. Felt balls are an oldie but a goodie. This brightly colored set is a feast for human eyes and kitty paws. He'll love batting these soft little things around and sinking his claws into their wooly goodness. You'll love the price: just $6 for a set of 4. Even if a few end up under the refrigerator, you won't care. But them here:
Wall-Mounted Transparent Chaise Lounge by MyBobr
Fine. I'll admit it. I want this. For myself. If you have a cat who wants to look down on you (and what cat owner doesn't), this is the gift for him. Not only can he recline in peace and solitude from this clever aerie, he can watch the goings-on in the living room through the fishbowl, with its cat-pleasing 180-degree view. Yes, it's expensive. And yes, you have to own tools and be reasonably well-informed about how to mount things on a wall. (First, know thyself: if you don't have the skills, find another gift for your cat.) But, if you're a little bit handy, you can own this beauty for $138. Buy it here:
Senses 2.0 Digger for Cats by Catit
This toy falls under the category of "why didn't I think of that?" Has your cat ever dipped his paw into your water glass? Does your cat seem to have unusual paw dexterity? If so, this may be the toy for him. It takes a bit of brains for your cat to figure out that he can get the treats that he can see and smell at the bottom of the tubes, if he just doesn't go at them the usual way: with his tongue. This toy is good for the bored cat, for the cat who gobbles his food too fast, and for the cat who likes the thrill of the hunt. At $14.99 there's no reason not to try it.
Automatic Cat Toys by PetStreet
Watch the videos cat owners have posted. I won't have to write a word here. You already know your cat will love this thing. It has a mind of its own and it runs all over the house while a wiggly wire topped by feathers flops to and fro. It's a total cat fantasy, all rolled into a $34.99 toy. I want to play with it. Almost.
Gingerloaf House by Cat in the Box
A holiday gift list for your cat wouldn't be complete without this unique cardboard box gingerbread house by yours truly. If you have a cat, I don't have to convince you that cats love cardboard boxes. Any cardboard boxes. Shouldn't your cat be getting in the spirit along with you this year? Decorate together and this special gingerbread house will be more than a cardboard box: it will be bonding experience. Feel good that your cat will be cozying up in a cat-safe box, imprinted with human-grade inks and toners. Revel in the fact that your living room will look less like a loading dock and more like something Martha Stewart herself conjured just for the holidays.