Cat Wisdom 101 Gift Guide for Cat Lovers

We test products for cats and cat lovers all year round. Many don’t make our review list let alone our annual gift guide for cat lovers. We’re delighted to share our 2015 gift guide which is NOT sponsored. These are our personal favorites for reasons outlined. You can be certain to find something for any budget. The last one is our true favorite. Cat books are not included but recommend these six books. Look for our annual top ten cat book list coming soon.

Holiday gift guide cat lovers

snowflakeThere was a time when invited to someone’s home for dinner or a party we brought a bottle of wine, dessert and/or a hostess gift. If you’re like me, you have friends with pets. A few years ago, it occurred to me that if pets are family, shouldn’t they receive a gift too? So, I began to bring treats or some other gift for their pet too.

The holidays aren’t a holiday without TREATS

treeribbonFriskies® Pull ‘n Play Cat Treat Play Pack is our paws down favorite hostess gift for it’s variety. Contrary to some reviews about it promoting cat play with string, it doesn’t. The “strings” are more like doughy ropes.  It’s true that cats should never play with string, yarn or thin ribbon to avoid possible intestinal obstruction. My only beef is that the “ropes” were labeled “strings” which proved misleading.

Friskies Pull n Play- Party Mix

The Play Pack is three gifts in one and includes “Wobbert” a fun interactive wobble toy, edible string treats and to get the party started, Friskies Party Mix treats! To see celebrity cat Waffles with Pull ‘n Play in action or visit Friskies® Pull ‘n Play.

 Our Odin isn’t as polite as Waffles and demolished the “snakie” in two shakes of wild cat’s tail. You can pull the “strings” one at a time or makes thicker ropes for more hunter-gatherer fun.

A bag of $2.00 treats can be worth their weight in purrs and smiles for your thoughtfulness. We just tried a few flavors (but haven’t reviewed yet) the NEW IRRESISTIBLES TREATS from Meow Mix in crunchy and soft versions. They offer great value and taste with real meat and fish and no artificial flavors. Our Odin likes the crunchy tuna but favorite tip for fussy eaters? The soft treats crumble easily to add on top of a meal. It jump starts Merlin’s flagging appetite.

Meow Mix Irresistibles cat treats
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Canvas Pop ribbon

We were thrilled with the quality and quick service from CanvasPop. They transformed a photo of Merlin into a life-sized keepsake to treasure forever. There are many sizes and styles available and they kindly offered our readers a big discount, but it expires on 11:59 pm ET Nov. 29 so hurry to CanvasPop and create forever memories of your cat from @$20.00.

Cat merlin art pop portrait

FTC disclaimer. We love them so much we just signed up as a CanvasPop affiliate which did influence our views.

 

For the ultimate in purrrsonalization, nothing beat a one-of-a-kind pet portrait. Original art captures a unique soul of a pet, which a camera does not. Thomas Dalgaard Clausen is a young talented artist who still charges low rates. His work is an excellent investment for a future family heirloom. Mention us and he’ll give you a special price at Custom Pet Portraits by Thomas Clausenribbon

We love the watercolor he did for us of Merlin.

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Catnip is the #1 gift of choice of kitties everywhere and our #1 choice for potent ‘nip with explosive cuteness is combo of catnip, toy, charm and stocking is Santa’s Rocking Stocking Catnip Joints from StarkRavingcat.com They are famous for their catnip “joints” but if thats too risque, they have catnip candy canes and other holiday and hostess  gifts. The products are handmade in Texas and they ship fast worldwide. The scent is irresistible (our Odin went a bit berserk) so store the nip products in a safe place when not in use.

Catnip joints- Stark Raving Cat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catnip and wool is the naturally purrfect combo for many cats. I know our boys love the natural/dye-free catnip toys from PurrfectPlay which seem to get better with age. PurrfectPlay has a large variety of toys ethically sourced and made with with love in the U.S.  Find something purrfect for your cat or dog at PurrfectPlay

ribbonPurrfect Play catnip toys

Our favorite carrier remains the round Sleepypod which is three products in one: an everyday pet bed (without the domed lid, a stylish carrier, and a safe car seat.Sleepypod carrier

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Everything Sleepypod makes id top notch quality so we were eager to try the NEW CLoudPuff Blankie faux shearling blankets in two sizes which arrived just in time for cool weather. Merlin is 21, skinny and always seeking heat and loving the endless possibilities. Cover a window ledge or shelf to create an insta-bed, place inside a cat carrier for a cozier ride to the vet. Spills or accidents are no problem. Unlike real suede, they are ultrasoft polyester shearling on one side, microfiber suede on the other side and machine washable. Visit Sleepypodto see their full range of products designed beautifully for safety, durability and comfort.

 

Layla Morgan Wilde-RC TEESYou can’t go wrong with the classic Cat lady or Cat Man T’s From RC Tees. I’ve worn and washed one tee for several years and it’s as good as new.

 

 

 

But the T-shirts I wear the most (I’m actually wearing one right now) are from Motek.  The Israeli designer Hadas on Etsy designs all kinds items that are super comfy,  good quality soft cotton, reasonably priced and she ships worldwide free and fast.

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I wear lots of scarves but the scarf I get compliments every time I wear it is this one. Stylish without screaming crazy cat lady and only $23.00

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Give the gift that keeps giving six times a year. If you’re old school like me, and love flipping through a real magazine, give a subscription to Catster (formerly Cat Fancy). The glossy issues filled with fun and factual photo-filled articles about cats will brighten any mailbox for only $19.95.

catster subscription discount

ribbonFor the cat lover who has everything and wants the ultimate experiential cat culture experience with their own kind. Join me on Cat Film Fest at Sea, the first cat arts and culture Caribbean cruise sailing Oct. 29, 2016. The first 2 people to email me info@catwisdom101.com to book a cabin for two will receive a $100 discount per person and a private lunch on board with me and very famous celebrity cat. For more info call Lisa, our travel partner at (317) 412-2542.

CatWisdom101.com Cat Film Fest at Sea

snowflakeMay we suggest the most valuable gift that costs nothing? Volunteer at your local shelter or rescue group.

21 thoughts on “Cat Wisdom 101 Gift Guide for Cat Lovers”

  1. Those are great gift ideas.
    I would have loved to go on the cat film fest cruise. It is the time of year we usually go to the US or the Caribbean, but with Flynn the way he is we are sticking with Europe so we can get home quickly if he had a relapse.

  2. Those are some purrfect gift ideas! The one that means the most to us is the gift of time.
    We can all give something. It may seem small and we may think that it doesn’t make a difference but it does. One can of cat food can mean one or two meals. 50 cent well spent. One old towel or blankie given means a warm snuggle for a shelter animal. Free. 1 gallon of bleach means a clean load of soiled bedding or a clean cage for a shelter animal , a dollar and change well spent. A scratch on the head and a kind word can mean the difference between fear and peace for an animal, no cost time well spent.
    the same thing applies to people. Sometimes the seemingly smallest thing carries the greatest value.
    Luvs
    Skeeter and Izzy and the Feral Gang + Twig & Peanut & Romeo & the Angels >^..^^..^<~

  3. theeze R sum awesum gifts !!! ……we iz hopin for sum good grazz…last few batches we got, de seedz never spouted ~~~~~~~~~~~ faaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    heerz two a pie filled, BURD FREE, happee blessed day ♥♥♥

  4. Wonderful ideas…………..ALL of them………I’ve put these on my Wish List for Santa Paws…….and Mom says she promises to make sure Santa sees the list.

    Love and Hugs AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
    Sammy and Mom Pam

  5. Those look like some mighty good items for gifts. We wanted to thank you for the kind words for Girl Kitty. She was an amazing cat. You have a good day and Happy Thanksgiving too.

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