Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Cat!
The holiday season is upon us! If you are like us and enjoy buying a special little something for your feline friend, then look no further. This gift guide will help you find the purr-fect gift for that little ball of fluff that gives you so much love in return!
The first step is to take a second look at their essentials. Commonly used items sometimes get loved to pieces and could use a replacement throughout your cats’ life. Taking stock of these items before the holiday season can help determine if replacing an item or two of their essential gear would be a great gift for the holidays! Here is a smart place to start:
Are you worried your cat is bored with their same old catnip mouse or crinkle ball? Boredom busting toys for your cat could be a great option for their PAWliday gift! There are so many great options for cats. Here are a few of our favorite toys that your cat is sure to love:
Treat Dispensing Ball
Concealed Motion Toy
Flutter Rotating Toy
Are you ready to bring your cat into the future with a high-tech product? These techie gadgets are popular for good reason – so many cats love them!
A Water Fountain: Perfect for the picky drinker, a water fountain will keep your cat hydrated and happy. Have you ever wondered why your cat is more interested in drinking from the faucet or that freshly filled glass of water you are drinking? Your cat’s natural instincts tell them that running water is better for them. Fountains can mimic nature, play to those instincts and encourage drinking!
Automatic Feeders: Feeders are great for cats that are trying to watch their waistline. There are plenty of options out there for feeders and some that even work with your cat’s microchip!
Wi-Fi camera and Treat Dispenser: Headed back to work in the office in the new year? You can keep tabs on what your cat is up to as well as give them a treat or two with a wi-fi camera/treat dispenser combo.
Smart Litter Box: Tired of scooping the poop every day? Cats are very tidy by nature and having a fresh box during every visit to the litter box is appealing to them and easier on you!
An Exercise Wheel: For your energetic feline, a wheel might be a great idea. Keep their cardiovascular health in mind and help encourage exercise. Some wheels even track milage and speed!
Does your furball seem to have everything they want? Looking for a generous gift you can feel good about? Donations to your local rescue or charitable organization that loves cats as much as you do is a fantastic option! Monetary donations, or gifts of food, litter, toys, treats, and other essentials will not only make your heart feel good but will bring comfort to a feline in need.
Our last holiday gift reminder is that cats and kittens are a 10-15+ year commitment that require ongoing and sometimes costly care. Cat ownership costs about $1,000 a year on average and that number can go up significantly based on their needs. Giving a kitten or cat as a gift can be very well intended; however, consideration of cats’ lifelong cost and commitment on behalf of the recipient is wise for all involved parties. The adoption of a cat without consideration of lifelong care is a major contributing factor to the number of cats that wind up in shelters through no fault of their own.
Before purchasing a gift for your cat, remember that a long and happy life is the most amazing gift you can give them. Regular and consistent veterinary care is the key to spending many more holidays with them to come! We hope you have a PAWSatively FURbulous PAWliday!
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