We’re all making our lists and checking them twice. But did you remember to put your kitty on there, even if she’s not always nice? Of course cats are known for being notoriously picky and aloof, and with such distinct preferences and personalities, certainly not all of them enjoy the same things. For instance, my kitty isn’t motivated by food, rejecting most of the treats I give her. Plus, she doesn’t like sisal scratchers. But she loves making muffins on fleece, getting brushed ONLY in the bathtub, plastic bags, and crinkled up paper balls.
It’s often a joke that the cat will like the box the thing came in more than the thing itself, and there are many pictures on the internet to prove it. But still, Santa Paws has some tricks up the tree to please even the ficklest of felines.
Here are some gifts to get your kitty pawsitively into the holiday spirit — that think outside of the box.
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A Window Bird Feeder
Nature's Hangout Window Bird Feeder
Where to buy: $25, Amazon
If you have an indoor kitty, they will most definitely appreciate a visit from some feathered friends on the daily. The live entertainment will not only keep them stimulated, but you’ll get to hear their hilarious and bizarre little cat chirps. Even if you’re an apartment dweller, maintaining a bird feeder is easy and can be placed directly on windows.
Plus, you’ll be helping your local birdies through the hard times of winter — but just be sure to upkeep the seed because they will start to rely on it as a food source during scarce times. Come spring, you’ll have more variety in your visitors, and one happy house cat all year long. Bird feeders are inexpensive and easy to maintain, and bird seed is widely available from any hardware or pet store. The True Value brand comes in large bags that last. You can even order it direct from the supplier.
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This Crazy Shapeshifting Cat Scratcher
YOUTHINK Cat Scratcher Lounge Bed
Where to buy: $29.99, Amazon
You probably already have a scratcher, but does it pull double-duty as a floor bed? Or is it collapsible for easy travel, or to store when guests are over? Is it able to shapeshift into five abstract designs just for the fun of it? This honeycomb cardboard scratcher does all of the above, while your cat tree just takes up space.
It even has a built in toy and comes with catnip to get you started. Even if your too good for thou cat doesn’t end up liking it after all, you can always transform its shape into an odd vase and use as décor in your home and recycle it when the time comes.
House Cat Club
Handmade Catnip Toys
Where to buy: From $6, The Organic Bunny
You probably know that cats love catnip toys, but none are as adorable and hilarious as these little handmade, organic catnip toys from Housecat Club. You’ll likely find yourself having a hard time choosing just one of the mini cat-sized versions of gingerbread men, Christmas lights flower bouquets, pizza slices, banana peels, chicken drumsticks, and more. Collect them all... for your cat, of course. Watching them go crazy over these little cuties will be just as entertaining for them as it is for you.
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Wheatgrass Seeds You Can Grow
Where to buy: $9.75 (Originally $14.99), Amazon
Whether your kitty is an outdoor or indoor cat, they will love having healthy grass available to nibble on at their disposal. Super easy to grow, even kids can do it. Just put soil in any small bowl, scatter some seeds on top, and lightly cover with more soil. Water, store out of direct sunlight, and watch it grow!
This is also a great way to get cats to stop munching on houseplants, and easy enough to maintain. You can grow a whole bag and create a literal mini lawn for your cat to lounge in or just grow small portions for them to munch on. Either way, your kitty will love the option of a nice, fresh salad.
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Zylekene for Anxiety
Vétoquinol Zylekene Behavior Support Capsules
Where to buy: $14.50, Amazon
If you’re traveling over the holidays, you might be bringing your kitty along, or you might be forced to leave them behind with a sitter or in a kennel. Either way, the stress of the change in routine or environment may cause anxiety for your kitty, not to mention a major headache for you. This supplement claims to help with separation anxiety and stress, such as changes in their environment or even strangers being present in the home if you’re hosting. So, if there’s a break in your cat’s routine during this holiday season, they might really appreciate this supplement to help get them through it.
Maybe You Actually Deserve a Gift From Your Cat
You Need More Sleep: Advice From Cats
Where to buy: $11.27, Amazon
Imagine if your cat could purchase normal gifts instead of killing them and bringing you dead carcasses. (Even though, of course, the coveted captured prey is the ultimate present — so never forget it.) But if they were capable of getting you two presents, this book of wisdom would be the second. This book by Francesco Marciuliano explains their successful philosophies of life. Why should we not want to follow them? Our cats clearly live the best lives. And you might even get some relatable chuckles out of it, because we understand that their presence is our present, but when they make us laugh is really our favorite part about having them around.
As a Last Resort
Alright, if you tried everything from this list and your cat just can’t be bothered with your undying devotion, there is one last thing you can try that they will surely love: the trash carnage after opening all those presents. There is no doubt that the crinkled wrapping paper, the strings, the bows, bags, and empty boxes will all create the ultimate kitty playground of their wildest dreams. So instead of immediately tidying up, leave them a big fat mess to go buck wild in, because even if they don’t seem to properly get into the Christmas spirit —they’ll still understand that it’s the most wonpurrful time of the year.