5 Purr-fect Cat Gifts (on the Cheap)

PetMD Editorial
Updated: May 16, 2017
Published: December 14, 2009
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With the holidays fast approaching, you may be rushing to complete your shopping lists and get a gift for every special someone. Just don't forget the most important "someone." You know, the one with four legs, whiskers, and a constant hankering for a ball of yarn.


But what exactly do you give the cat that probably has everything? Here are the top five gifts the cats on the PetMD staff love and will never tire of. The best part: they can be as cheap or as expensive as you like!


#5 A box

Our cats love boxes. They love to climb in them, roll around, and scare you with a playful game of peek-a-boo. They even love to smash them and shape them a certain way (it's like kids with forts). And since you can find a box almost anywhere (your office, school, grocery store, etc.), there isn't much searching involved. Just make sure it's clean before you give it to Kitty. He or she doesn’t care about any of the bells and whistles, just a comfy little spot to call her own.


#4 Treats

There are plenty of cat treats out there. Some of them are just that, treats. But don’t panic. Head on down to your local pet store and check out the products (we like the all-natural or holistic stuff). From dried chicken pieces that kitties go crazy for to delicious morsels designed to clean their teeth or keep kitty in top urinary tract condition, there’s something for everyone and every cat. Get something that fits your budget and your kitty and you’ll be loved for it.


#3 Toys

Ah, kitty toys. There’s something for every budget. From cheap mice that cats love to chase and taunt to feathers on strings to climbing posts, you’ll be able to find something that your cat will love. As long as it can be climbed, scratched, chased, or pounced on, you’ll have one very happy kitty come this holiday.


#2 Laser Light

Around here we call the laser light the ultimate kitty toy. Perfect to get a fat cat into shape, or a bored cat the time to hone his hunting skills, the laser light comes in different price ranges, too. From the simple and cheap one on a chain, you can also get one that’s also a pen, or if you’re feeling like splurging, check out the FroliCat Bolt. This baby is interactive, automatic and will keep you cat busy for hours while you take care of other things.


#1 Catnip

This herb is the ultimate cat gift. Felines have used this herb for centuries to blow off steam and to relieve stress. It is the ultimate cat gift. Moreover, you can find catnip sold at the store in various ways: organic plants, tubes of nip, and even catnip-stuffed toys. The only thing you need to decide is what sort of budget you're setting for Kitty this year.


So, there you have it: five inexpensive gifts and stocking stuffers for your feline friend. You don't even have to worry about taking off the price tag. They can't read.


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