[Edited: 2 December 2020]
With the holidays fast-approaching, by now, you must almost be done with your Christmas shopping for presents. But wait! How about your fur baby? Cats do love presents, too! And what better way to show your love than to lavish your pet with gifts that he will surely love and enjoy. So how do you know what would be the best Christmas gifts for cats?
Experts recommend gifts that offer opportunities for cats to engage in natural behaviours. Cats are natural predators and even with domestication, their predator instincts are still quite strong. They love to behave as if they are tracking down prey, catching, pouncing, climbing, and other hunting behaviours.
Of course, the choice of presents for cats will depend to a large extent on the cat’s age, activity level, personality, and personal preference. So here's are our top general suggestions for the perfect Christmas gifts for your feline friend.
1. Catnip Toys
Catnip toys are always a good idea especially if your kitty is responsive to catnip. Choose plush toys that can be refilled with fresh catnip. Forget about catnip mice and go for the newer and fancier Yeowww catnip toy collection. Your furball will certainly go crazy with Yeowww! Green Fish Cat Toy, Yeowww! Purrr! - Muda Triangle Green Cat Toy, Yeowww! -ola Crayons Cat Toy, and a whole bunch of other catnip-filled plush toys with colourful designs.
2. Scratching Post
The right scratching post encourages your pet cat to engage in natural behaviours while keeping his nails well-trimmed and healthy. There are so many kinds of scratching posts out there but your kitty will surely love Paw Made Crawl & Claw Tear Drop shape Scratching Board with its durable straw material and a hanging ball for extra fun. It’s also a great space-saver too, especially if you have a small living space.
3. Cat Tunnel
Give your cat a place to call his own by giving him a cat tunnel for Christmas. It will be his own private place where he can sleep and spend hours playing inside and on its top. The tunnel’s design gives your pet a fun run-through place that encourages him to display natural predator behaviours such as hiding, stalking, hunting, and making surprise jumps. The AFP Lambswool Find Me Cat Tunnel is made of soft plush and micro-suede material and comes with a feather and wool toy.
4. Circuit Ball
The Catit Play 3 in 1 Circuit Ball with Fresh Grass Planter Cat Toy adds lots of fun and activity in your cat’s lifestyle. It includes an interesting circuit ball toy, a bouncy bee, and an “island” in the centre where you can grow cat grass or catnip for your furball to “graze” on, or it can be replaced with a cardboard scratch pad that comes with the product.
5. Straw Ball
The Kong Straw Ball Natural Cat Toy is specially designed to stimulate your cat’s natural hunting instincts. Its unique straw weave design provides lots of nooks for easy snagging while giving the ball an unpredictable roll. If you are an eco-warrior, Kong naturals are perfect for your pet because these products are made of materials and dyes that comes from natural, renewable resources.
6. Cat Base
The Lulu's World Lu-Cubox Cat Stand in Oak is a 2-in-1 must-have furniture for your furball. It’s designed with a cube cave, a platform with natural scratching surfaces and scratching posts, creating perfect opportunities for your pet to engage in scratching, a natural behaviour that not only keeps their nails healthy and well-trimmed but also allow them to mark objects and claim territory with their unique scent from scent glands in their paw pads. Scratching is also a stress reliever and help anxious cats calm down. While scratching cats usually stretch their bodies; scratching also stimulates the release of “feel-good” hormones.
7. Cat Teaser
Cats love interactive toys because they provide mental and physical stimulation while keeping them busy and motivated. The KONG Wubba Cat Teaser includes a teaser pole with elastic cord that makes a rattling sound when your cat plays with it. It’s also filled with KONG’s premium North American catnip that your kitty will surely can’t resist.
8. Treat Puzzle For Cats
Cats of all ages love the physical and mental motivation that treat puzzles offer. There will never be a dull moment for your cat when you give him a puzzle toy for Christmas. The Catit Play Treat Puzzle For Cat allows for independent play and keep your pet busy and away from boredom. Its design makes it perfect as a slow feeder with 6 fun activities to encourage your furball to work for his food. It makes your pet’s feeding and treat time fun and challenging while providing mental stimulation and encouraging your pet’s natural scavenging instincts. If your kitty is a binge-eater, this treat puzzle will surely slow him down and let him enjoy his food or treat. Just drop some kibble or treats into the puzzle’s tunnels and obstacles and watch your kitty try his best to get the goodies out.
9. Trapping Mat
The perfect trapping mat for cats makes your home clean and odour-free while saving you the effort of constantly collecting cat litter that seems to land everywhere but the litter box. The Kit Cat Litter Locker Trapping Mat Black has honeycomb holes on its upper layer where all litter materials fall to settle at the bottom layer; this way, you can easily pour the litter back into the litter box. This keeps your fussy cat’s paws clean. The trapping mat is made of non-toxic EVA material and it’s waterproof, too. Its multi-purpose design also makes the trapping mat an excellent scratching surface for your cat or a door mat.
Time is simply something you don’t have enough of especially during the holidays when there is so much to see and do. Christmas day is just a few days away and if you still don’t have gifts for your furball, this Christmas Pack for Cats might just be the best answer. Pamper your cat with Absolute Bites' Christmas Edition treats or Kin+Kind Christmas Bundle Healing Kit!
Shopping for your cat can be a breeze if you know what your pet needs. Taking these important factors into consideration – your cat’s personality, size, preference, activity level, age, natural instincts and behaviours, etc.— will make it easier to pick out the best gifts that your kitty will surely love and enjoy.