According to the ASPCA, over 62 percent of American homes have pets, and cat people are some of the most dedicated pet owners on the planet. Some of us are even proud to claim the label of crazy cat ladies (or gentlemen). Showering our felines with gifts is a great way to show our affection for all the things they bring to our lives every day, and cat lovers of all kinds have begun their own companies to help others express their adoration as well. There are as many kinds of gifts for cats and cat lovers as there are kinds of cats.
One of the most creative and interesting area of cat gifts. Styles range from the ultra-sleek and modern to actual living trees with platforms for kitties to sleep, scratch, or hide. Their complexities also vary widely, from levels and multiple platforms that can take up half a room from floor to ceiling, or simple bi or tri-levels suitable for a single cat or a smaller space. Amazon.com offers an excellent way to see what’s out there, and CatsPlay.com provides dozens of varieties, displayed by style, color, price, and more. A particularly interesting selection of live, growing cat trees can be found at PetTreeHouses.com.
Not only canines and naughty husbands get their own houses. Cats naturally enjoy snuggling up in dark, private hidey holes too. They can be as simple as a padded or carpeted box to a top-quality piece of furniture – room for kitty beneath, and an end table above, for example. Condos are often an integral part of cat trees. Check out PetCo or PetSmart for great ideas of what is available.
Catnips Rugs and Mats
Every kitty has a catnip toy or two, or gets some of the fresh stuff sprinkled on favorite objects now and then, but how about a nice rug or mat to roll around in or take a nap on? These can be found in sizes ranging from a potholder to a bedspread. Etsy is a great source for creative variations of these items, and FeralCare.org offers a wonderful Heat Reflecting Catnip Mat that provides a great toy and a snuggly warm place to sleep, all proceeds of which are donated to a shelter for feral cats. Check them out at Feral Care
Cat Furniture Built to Order
Five Pet Place is a fascinating service that allows cat lovers to design their own cat feeding areas, litter pans and boxes, cat trees, furniture and beds by choosing styles and finishes that match their home’s décor. These top-quality products add class to any home, while offering top-notch play, sleep, food, and waste areas for your cat. The owner and designer even tests products with his own team of “experts” – his own brood of five felines!
Funky Cat Clothes
It’s not just Chihuahua and Terrier owners who like to dress their babies in frilly clothes. There’s a whole world of cat clothes out there too, from the sleek and chic to the fluffy and ruffly. While Etsy is a wonderful place to find all kinds of clothing for every taste, most of it handmade, beautiful pieces can be found in any pet store, TJ Maxx, or other discount department stores. Don’t forget to check your local thrift shop or Goodwill as well. Don’t forget – even if an outfit is labeled for a dog doesn’t mean it won’t be perfect for your cat!
Your cat deserves the best of everything, and unique gifts that keep them happy give us as much satisfaction as it does them. Keeping an eye open on Craig’s List, Etsy, craft fairs or flea markets can yield some of the most interesting and special gifts for your cat or cat-owning friend.
Denise Hill is an avid blogger for NetQin, writing on a variety of topics.
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