Cat Christmas Gift Ideas for the Feline In Your Life
The holiday shopping season is here, and that means making a list and checking it twice for all of the little ones in your life, including those that meow. Your cat’s innate feline fussiness may make holiday shopping a bit of a head-scratcher, so we’re helping to make playing Santa a little easier with this list of ideas for cat Christmas presents that can improve any kitty’s life.
“My cats have no concept of gifts; giving them [just] makes me feel good,” shares Mary Molloy, CPDT-KA at Nirvana Tails in New York City. “I love watching them play enthusiastically with a new toy, or enjoy a new treat.” And, much like children, there can almost never be too many toys among the cat Christmas presents. “It’s great to have a variety of toys on hand; novelty is a big draw when it comes to cats,” notes Molloy.
A Toy With Feathers
If there is anything cats love, it’s ruffling feathers. The KONG Naturals Crinkle Ball with Feathers has an enticing feather on top to tease your playful kitty, and it has a soft, fuzzy ball that makes an irresistible crinkling noise. It’s made of natural materials and as a bonus, it’s stuffed full of premium catnip. This cat toy is guaranteed to keep your cat active and engaged for a healthier and happier kitty.
Does your kitty go nuts for catnip? Of course she does, because she’s a cat! The Petstages Catnip Pretzel has a unique netting that flosses your cat’s teeth as she chews, and it contains catnip to entice your curious kitty into playtime, every time.
A Tunnel Toy
When weighing cat Christmas gift ideas, Molloy urges fellow cat parents to try to think about what would appeal to their felines, not necessarily to them. You may look at the Jackson Galaxy Cat Crawl and think it’s just a tunnel. To a cat, though, it’s her own little corner of heaven; the perfect place to engage her natural instincts to stalk prey or take a quiet catnap.
It’s enjoyed by most cats, says Molloy. Cat grass can help with digestion and cut down on hairballs, and it’s a safe alternative to chewing on houseplants. SmartCat Kitty’s Garden is filled with oats, rye, wheat and barley that take less than a week to grow. Bonus for you: The wooden container looks nice with pretty much any decor.
A Harness and Leash
While you should never force a hesitant cat to explore the outdoors, there’s a chance that your kitty may enjoy it. Does your furry fellow look longingly out the window most of the day? Has he tried to sneak past when you open the door? For those more adventurous kitties, a cat harness and leash can allow them to go for a walk and may well be the perfect present, says Molloy. Her favorite is the Kitty Holster. You might also try the PetSafe Come With Me Kitty Harness and Bungee Cat Leash. The gentle leash and adjustable harness avoid putting pressure on your cat’s throat, and it’s made to keep even the wriggliest kitties secure.
A Tender Treat
Another stocking stuffer for all the cats who have been good this year is Vital Essentials Duck Liver Treats, a single-protein treat. It’s made with fresh, whole single-sourced USDA duck that has been freeze-dried to preserve its nutrients. This one’s sure to be a hit for any kitty that loves a good treat.
A Perch Suited for a Princess (or Prince)
With the PetFusion Cat Scratcher and Lounger, your pampered pet can scratch until her heart’s content; then, after all that hard work, chill out in style. And when the scratcher gets worn out, just flip it upside down for a fresh surface. The best part is the sleek design that looks great in almost any living space. A cat gift for Christmas that she’ll love, and that you won’t have to hide when company comes? Yes, please!
Their Own Holiday Dinner
While you’re all enjoying your honey-glazed ham and grandma’s chestnut stuffing, your fur babies deserve their own special meal. Tiki Cat King Kamehameha Luau Variety Pack contains Hawaiian Grill, Lanai Luau, Tahitian Grill, Makaha Grill, Hana Grill and Bora Bora Luau. Each variety is gluten, carbohydrate, starch an wd flour-free, and made with whole, human-grade seafood like ahi tuna, crab, sardine, mackerel and lobster.
A Kitty Condo
Consider this the cat gift for Christmas that’s equivalent to a shiny new bike under the tree for a 5-year-old. The Frisco Cat Tree lets frisky kitties jump from perch to perch or scratch away on the posts. Your cat will love the hanging toys that she can bat at, and the cozy apartments where she can hide when she wants her privacy.
A Water Dish Upgrade
Cats can easily develop urinary issues from not drinking enough water. The PetSafe Sedona Pet Fountain filters out not only funny tastes and odors, but the hair and debris that always seem to get into regular water dishes. The pump is super quiet, so skittish cats won’t be scared off. Plus, it’s large enough for two cats to drink at the same time, so this one cat Christmas gift idea can take care of both of your babies.
A Fun Surprise Gift Box
If you’re struggling to choose the perfect gift for your favorite feline, why not leave the decision-making to the experts? With a Goody Box, you can surprise your curious cat with a selection of handpicked toys, treats and toppers intended for kitties of every kind. Forget getting your cat just one gift this season, and opt for one that has everything your cat could want.
Christmas Gift Safety Tips
Before you go on a spree for cat Christmas presents, think about safety. “There are no organizations that oversee the safety of pet toys, so as pet parents, we’re kind of on our own,” points out Molloy. When shopping for cat Christmas presents, make sure there aren’t any little parts or pieces that can come off and cause choking or blockages. Molloy pulls on all the pieces of a toy before giving it to her cats, and if anything comes loose, that piece goes in the trash. “Sometimes the mouse my cats get has no tail, ears, eyes or nose, but they don’t seem to care!’ she says. But, she adds, “There are plenty of good, safe toys on the market.”
Christina Vercelletto is a pet, travel and lifestyle content specialist and a former editor of Parenting, Scholastic Parent & Child, and Woman’s Day. She lives on Long Island with her Chiweenie, Pickles, and 20-pound Calico, Chub-Chub.