Top Holiday Gifts for Cats

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PetMD Editorial
Published: December 15, 2011

Holiday Shopping for Your Cat

Are you searching for the perfect holiday gift for your feline family member? While it may be tempting to run for funny festive treats or an adorable holiday costume, the best holiday gifts for the cats in our lives are ones that enrich their environment and improve their quality of life.

Here is a roundup of the top holiday gifts for cats that can help to promote your cat’s well-being while strengthening the bond between you.

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Scratching Post

Cats need to scratch and knead. It is a healthy behavior that promotes good paw and nail health.

If you have a cat that loves to get their paws on your furniture, this holiday season is the perfect time to gift them a scratching post.

Not only can you encourage healthy scratching behaviors, but you can also redirect destructive scratching to their own designated cat scratcher.

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Many cat parents struggle with finding ways to encourage their cat to drink water. And with hydration being such an essential part to their kidney and overall health, it’s important to find a solution that works for your cat.

A cat water fountain is a great way to provide your cat with a continuous flow of fresh, clean water and has the added bonus of appearing like a natural water spring. And cats that enjoy drinking out of the faucet or crawling into the shower will love the running water feature.

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Toy Mice

Cats are natural hunters. A toy mouse can help peak their interest for playtime because it mimics one of their typical live prey items.

A toy mouse won’t only provide your cat with a mentally stimulating toy, but it also gives them quality bonding time with you.


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Wand Toy

The holidays (especially the New Year) are a time of resolutions. If you are hoping to help your cat become more active and healthy, a wand toy is a great holiday gift.

With a variety of options available—feathers, ribbons, stuffed critters—you can find one that gets your cat excited and ready to pounce.

These toys are a great way to get your cat running, leaping and tumbling as they chase and grab at the end of the string—which means lots of healthy exercise and calories burned.

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Treat Toy

Not all cats are eager to play. Some prefer to lounge about and monitor their environment instead of being active and engaging it. One way to help your cat get moving is to use some healthy food motivation with interactive treat toys.

These toys won’t just help your cat exercise, they will test their problem-solving skills and stimulate them mentally.


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Electronic Toys

Technology is not just for humans. There have been some seriously fun advances in the electronic cat toy arena.

From remote controlled mouse toys and motorized cat wands to chirping bird toys and cat-safe lasers, technology is helping to create more stimulating fun for the cats in our homes.

These toys are a great option for cats that love to chase and pounce. With no strings attached, these toys will have your cat’s hunting instincts engaged and thriving.

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Cat Tree

Many cats love to climb and perch atop objects in your home. These vertical spaces provide cats with a safe place to escape to when the chaos of a busy household gets tiring.

Cat trees are also a great gift for multi-cat households because they can help to keep the peace between cats by creating separate spaces for each of them to claim.

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Litter Box

While this may not seem like the most glamorous gift, litter boxes play an essential role in the health and happiness of the cats in our homes.

When you have a feline family member, you know that there is no such thing as too many litter boxes. In multi-cat households, providing an additional litter box will only help to keep the peace and maintain healthy bathroom routines among your feline residents.

Maybe this year, you can treat yourself too with a self-cleaning litter box that helps to manage your daily routine of litter box cleaning.

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Scratcher Furniture

Not all cats have the same scratching style. Some cats may love their scratching posts, while others ignore them in favor of your furniture.

If you have a cat that seems to be ambivalent to scratching posts, it may be worth trying scratcher furniture. These scratchers come in all sorts of shapes and styles and can double as a lounging surface for your cat.

Even if your cat does like scratching posts, it never hurts to add a little variety and shake up their daily routine with a new scratcher—just don’t forget to sprinkle some catnip for added fun.

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Make Your List (and Check it Twice)

With this guide to the top ten gifts for cats, you can be sure to find a gift that will enrich your cat’s life and help strengthen the bond between you.

So spread the cheer and let your kitty have the best holiday season ever! Just don’t forget to share some cuddles and kisses too—if your cat likes that kind of thing.

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