Gift Ideas for Cats

Ugh, sorry I was working some overtime to get in some extra $$ for the holidays and totally completely and utterly forgot about the posts. Please don’t hurt me! *ducks*

Anyways, I wanted to go over the list of Cat Gift Ideas – don’t worry the Dog & Small Pet Gift Ideas are going to be a separate post to minimalize scrolling.


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There are a lot of options.. sometimes too many, so if you know your cat and know what he/she likes then stick with that, if this is your first time being owned by a cat then it’s best to purchase a bit of everything. So here’s a small list of cat gift ideas. Additional note: if I mention any brands, I am not in any way, shape or form compensated for the endorsement I am merely stating from my experience with that particular brand. Price estimates are just estimates from box stores or online.


Adoption – Truly a great gift, adopting a cat from a local rescue/shelter. Be sure to have the basics – food & water bowl, litter box and a cat carrier for them. Make sure you check with your landlord/rental management company prior to getting a cat to make sure they are allowed.

Cat Condos/Trees – Most cats enjoy being up high and having a place of their own, these types of things vary greatly in price I’ve had luck with ordering on Petco and Amazon, make sure to double check the shipping price because you don’t want to pay more for shipping than for the item itself. They are fairly easy to assemble, I like to check reviews if purchasing online, if purchasing in store I like to look over and shake the ledges just in case to see how well they will hold up to the 15lbs of cat that like to settle on the top. One last piece of advice, check the height & width pictures don’t always do it justice and make sure you have the room for the cat condo/tree prior to purchasing. Price – $70-$300+

Cat Grass/Seeds– I have no personal experience with this myself, but I have heard great things from numerous cats who love it, if you don’t have a green thumb, I would suggest starting off with a cheaper variety or just get the cat nip itself. Price – $3-$15


Cat Milk – Most cats are lactose intolerant so a good alternative is getting cat milk, if this is your first time giving your cat this product watch them afterwards, one of my cats can’t stomach it. Just buy one container to be on the safe side, if you know they love it, buy the 3 pack or case (yes it can be sold by the case). Price – $1-$20

Cat Nip – Most cats are responsive to cat nip, there are those that don’t care for it, I would suggest getting a small bag/container to try it out unless your cats love the heck out of it. Price – $2-$15

Cat Treats – So many flavors, combinations, shapes, etc to choose from varying from $1-$7 depending on the type an variety. Pick the ones your cats like and you know they won’t have a reaction to, for others I would suggest getting a small bag/container to start with. My cats favorites are Temptations, Pounce & Party Mix . Price – $1-$8

Collars – Make sure it is adjustable and is a breakaway style so that if the cat gets caught on something and pulls away the collar will break off and the cat is able to get away safely. Price $1-$7

Crinkle Balls – Vary in size from small to extra-large, they are fairly cheap, crinkle and are shiny. Price – $.50 – $5.00

Crinkle Sacks – They are made of fabric and crinkle… kittens especially seem attracted to this. Price $5-15

Cubes – Made of a thin fabric, they come in a small box and pop open, making an instant play toy/hideaway for any cat.
Price $3-$10

Dangle Toys for Cat Condos/Trees – most cat condos/trees have loops under the ledges to attach toys that dangle to attract the cats. Price – $3-$7 apiece.

Felt Mice – They are common and all four of my cats will play with them at some point, some have a rattle others are completely noiseless generally come in packs of 5 or more. Price – $2-$15


Fuzzy Balls – Small fuzzy balls some have catnip others do not, they are cheap, noiseless, but after get pushed under furniture because they are small. Price – $.50 – $3

Jingle Balls – cheap plastic ball toys with a bell in them, some cats like them because of the noise others don’t. Price – $.50-$3

Harnesses – For those who want to attempt to walk your cat, harness strap around their mid-section and attach to the leash, they vary in size. I have an adjustable one for my cat Buggy with a spring type leash. They have harnesses that have just straps that go under the arms and over the mid-section and they have ones that go over the back and connect on the mid-section, I would recommend doing some research/asking a store associate before purchasing one because you want to make sure it’s a good fit for your cat. Price – $15-$50

Tunnels – They come various styles/varieties, they range from short to long and often can connect with cubes to make for tunneling fun for cats. Price – $7-15


Wand Toys –Made of various materials, some are noiseless and others have jingle balls, squeakers, etc. I have a feather toy with a jingle ball (it looks like a small duster) that one of my cats loves. If you have cats that you know will love them – go for it – if this is your first holiday with you cat, get a small one and see how they react, some cats like it others don’t. Price – $3-$20

Water Fountains – Wonderful concept for those who have cats that are obsessed with drinking from faucets (like two of my four, I don’t know what it’s like to go to the bathroom without at least one kitty escort). I’ve had good and bad luck with these and when I had them, the cats loved it. But be wary, you will need to clean it at least 2-3 times a week depending on how many cats you have (I have 4) and refill it just as much. I’ve only had experience with the Drinkwell brand. The design/price various a great deal. Price – $20-$150


I need your help for the Dog & Small Pet Gift Ideas. I can only come up with one or two items, so if you have experience with a certain type of toy/treat please comment and I will list the idea and credit you (using your first name and last initial and share your blog/website if you have one)

Gift Ideas for Pet Lovers

Updated – 11/17/2014 @ 2020 – Sorry I didn’t fully have the article ready!! Grr.

 

For those who are shopping for pet lovers whether it’s friends, family, significant others.. I wanted to give you a list of places you can go to find items for under $30 or sometimes $20.


 

The obvious places to look:

Amazon – From car magnets, to stickers, shirts and more.. seriously Amazon has just about everything. I’ve not had any problems with them so far, I’ve ordered cat toys, car magnets, pc parts, ink cartiridges, etc from them. Just really be careful of the shipping price when trying to find lower prices because sometimes the shipping is more than the actual item.

Animal Rescue Site – I’ve ordered from them before.. it took forever (3 weeks at least) to get the items because it was regular mail and I live in Florida, but the items were nice. They have flash sales, clearance items, you can look by price and get some really fun & unique items. Plus if you go to the main page you get to click to feed homeless pets.

Pet Supply Plus – I get my cat food & litter from them and always check out the clearance sections for useful stuff, they do have more dog stuff than cat, but they often run grooming specials. The price for some items are steep so price shop, you will probably find cheaper on Amazon (just sayin’)

Tractor Supply Company – A friend of mine told me they have lots of pet stuff (thanks Angel!)

Petco – They have a larger variety of cat stuff, the offer obedience classes for dogs and generally partner with small shelters

Petsmart  – They have a decent variety – again watch the prices it can get expensive fast – they often partner with local rescues/shelters with pets for adoption.

Bookstores – Do you know a pet lover who loves to read? There are so many wonderful pet books out there and I just have to throw a few names into the ring:

  • Neptune the Special cat (my wonderful co-writer Miss Sharon’s cat) – a great book for the family, lots of pictures and such
  • Bailey the Boat Cat – the life & times of Bailey the Boat Cat
  • Cat Daddy – Jackson Galaxy tells how he came to do what he does and the cat that led him to it
  • Oogy – the story of a former bait dog who found a home & love
  • Solider Dogs – the dogs that accompany soliders in war
  • Homer’s Odyssey – the wonderful story of Homer the Blind Cat
  • The Lost Dogs – the story about Michael Vick’s dogs – this is a bit heavy but a great behind-the-scenes look at the investigation, how the dogs were handled and what happened after the trial.

 

The obscure places to look:

Dichroic Glass by Laurie K – Beautiful handcrafted necklaces, rings and other items. Love her work, she often helps out with auctions and her prices are $10-$20. Lots of items to choose from cats, dogs, small pets and other things.

The Animal Rescue Shop – All kinds of items. I’ve ordered multi-colored paw print stamps from them.

Me Time Melts – Wonderful smelly good candles

Rescue Chocolate –  Chocolate! Who doesn’t love chocolate, it’s vegan too! (Thanks for the suggestion Diane!)


 

Auction Sites:

Helping Hands to Paws – Auctions are up often, get in your bids, keep an eye on your bids and make payments via Paypal w/in 48 hours.

Black Cats Unite– Auctions are up often so bookmark the page!

 

 

If you find other places or things to add, please comment!

I’m back!

After much consideration.. and come convincing from the cats and various pet loving friends.  The interviews will be back on 12/1.

I want to focus on Extra Love Needed Pets (special needs pets) and Pittie Love (pit bulls).

Interviews will post on Mondays & Fridays.

Pet Product reviews will post on Wednesdays.

To get back into the swing of things, here’s the posting schedule for the rest of this month:
11/17- Gift Ideas for Pet Lovers
11/19 -Gift Ideas for Cats
11/21- Gift Ideas for Dogs
11/24 -Gift Ideas for Small Pets
11/27 – Happy Turkey Day

12/1- Interviews are back!

 

Thank you all so much for your patience while I took an extended break. 🙂