–Guest blog by Rebecca Holland

Cats really do love the holiday season. Some of them might actually love it as much as we do! Especially since we, the humans they love, are home more often, which means there are warm spots to nap in–and of course, plenty of exciting things to explore, like our new presents, wrapping paper, and decorations.

As pet parents, we spoil our beloved felines all year round, but this time of year feels like a puuurrrrfect time to treat your furry friend to a present (or two). After all, it is the season of giving.

If you are looking for a gift for your pet this year, then look no further. We have compiled seven gift ideas that we think are the cat’s whiskers (and your cat might think so too).

  1. Cat treats

Every cat loves treats! However, every cat is different in what they like to nibble on, and you will know your pet best, so why not treat them to their favourite tasty snacks this holiday season? If you have a new kitten, or maybe your cat doesn’t have a favourite treat yet, and need some inspiration, here are the 9 best cat treats according to Adrienne Kruzer, an expert in feline health.

  1. Christmas stockings

f you get Christmas stockings for the family to hang on the fireplace, why not get one for your cat too? There are options of getting a stocking and personalising it with your cat’s name, and adding all their favourite things, or buying one that comes with a selection of treats and toys already included. Then you can hang it up next to yours on the mantelpiece and let your pet explore it when you open yours! If you want to go for the option of stuffing a stocking yourself, here are 20 cat Christmas stockings perfect to stuff with goodies.

  1. Radiator pet beds

Cats know where the warm spots in their homes are, which is why you might find them curled up near the radiators when they are switched on. A radiator bed lets your pet sleep even closer to the warmth, while satisfying their desire to be up high. These can come in different materials, from plush faux fur to fleece, and there are options to get one that is flat, like a hammock, or covered so your pet can hide away in them. Plus, they will get the box to sit in too after you have unwrapped it and added it to your radiator! If you are not sure where to start looking for the ideal one, here are 10 of the best radiator cat beds for cats.

  1. Intelligent toys 

New toys are always fun for our cats, so why not get them a toy that plays with them? An intelligent sensor toy can tell when your pet is near and move, which will entertain your pet immensely. Some even make noises or project a light to entertain your kitty. It is the hands-off equivalent of you rolling a toy around for them, and will keep them entertained even when you are out of the house. Here is a list of the best automated cat toys.

  1. Cat scratchers

Cats love to scratch. It is a good way to keep their claws sharp, and corrugated cardboard is a popular choice due to its inexpensiveness. That means you can get new things for them to scratch to keep your pets interested, and have multiple ‘safe’ scratching areas around your home. Some of these have fun shapes or spaces for your cat to hide inside too, which your pet will love. Here is a list of the best cardboard cat scratchers.

  1. Catnip

Cats really can not get enough of catnip. You can buy it on its own, or find it hidden away in toys for your pet to play with. Toys with catnip are a great option to ensure your pet does not have too high a dosage of catnip at once, or they could go from excitable to frenzied rather quickly. If you need some inspiration, here are eight festive catnip toys.

  1. A box

Cats simply love cardboard boxes. There is an unwritten rule in kitties’ minds that every cardboard box belongs to them, so for a gift they will love this holiday season: get them a box. Any cardboard box will do. Your kitties will love to try and squeeze themselves into the smaller boxes, and will play around with any medium-sized box. If you get a larger box, you could even spruce it up to make it even more of a plaything by adding holes they can stick their paws through. Here’s a one-minute tutorial on how to do exactly that.

We hope you found this gift idea guide useful. For tips and tricks on how to keep your cats healthy and happy all year round, please read our comprehensive resource guide to feline health, behavior, and nutrition.  In the meantime…which of these gifts would your cat love to get under the tree this festive season?

Rebecca-Holland

Rebecca Holland is a writer from the UK. She’s an animal lover with a soft spot for purring cats, especially when she’s reading, and loves nothing more than a good book with animal companions. Check out some of Rebecca’s other work at VelvetOpus.com and connect with her on Instagram and Twitter

Published On: December 9, 2021|Categories: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, Cat Nutrition, Cats, Guest Bloggers, New and Stories, Pet Behavior|