Whether the cat in your life is a feisty kitten, a lovable senior, or something in between, they have your heart. If you’ve spoiled your pet a little over the holidays, you’re not alone. But what can you buy your cat that will please you and them? With the help of veterinarians, cat behaviorists, and other feline experts, including our cat parent editors, we’ve identified the perfect purr-friendly feline gifts this season. Need more gift ideas this holiday season? Check out our Gift Ideas for Men, Gift Ideas for Women, Nordstrom Gifts, Utility Gifts, Beauty Gifts, and Gifts Under $25.
Cats love boxes. More specifically, they like to squeeze themselves into boxes that are too small for them. The cozy box makes the cat feel safe in the hiding place, since predators—well, the corgi family—can’t sneak up on them. Got it, isn’t this a genius? This adorable felt-lined box feels (and looks) so much better than a chewed-up cardboard box.
Want to upgrade a cat’s food bowl? The new Jason Wu Mesa Bowl and Tray from Cat Person is your chic choice. The bowl is elevated to help prevent your cat from squatting and avoid whisker fatigue, aka overstimulation. (It might sound silly, but it’s actually not a lot of fun for your cat.) Both pieces are dishwasher safe. We also really like the brand’s canopy beds.
It’s hard to disappoint a cat with the gift of a special new treat—especially these heart-shaped American beef snacks. “When I was looking for ready-made treats for my cat, Ray Ray, they had to contain real food and natural ingredients, like Bocce’s Moooo Moooo Cat Treats,” shares Doggo Nutrition Consultant Lindsay Hadfield.
A cat needs a stocking to open on Christmas morning, just like the rest of the family. This modern tartan is definitely strong enough to wear again next year (and the year after). Kitty will sniff out burlap toys, a magic wand, and a stuffed mouse, as well as cheese treats—a flavor more commonly found in dog treats—and cat-safe eggnog concoctions!
Dr. Julie Andino, veterinarian at URvet Care in New York City and mom to felines Muffin, Austin, and Willie, has a penchant for fun toys when it comes to cat gifts. She recommends choosing based on your pet’s daily activities. “Do they like to ‘hunt’ on the ground? Then I suggest something they can pursue. Or are they more into jumping and hitting? If so, consider a feather stick,” she says. This athletic wonder covers all cat bases. Robot toys scurry around the room unexpectedly, enticing your cat to play along. It has a checker to keep it from getting stuck in corners, and feather attachments that can be swapped out for new and different toys.
An Underscored editor’s favorite, this window perch offers cats an elevated platform to nap and, more importantly, keep an eye on squirrels and birds.
Because it’s a bit fancy? Many of our editors love this Tuft+Paw Window Hammock, which can be paired with a blanket to keep them cozy as they doze off.
Darcia Kostiuk, senior veterinarian at Dr. Orijen Pet Foods, voted her cat gift for the cat tree. “They are a meaningful gift for cats and their parents,” she said. “Cats naturally like to climb and have a choice of places to rest and eat. I always recommend Pawz for cat trees.” The brand has other cool trees on Amazon, but this tree is such a talking point, a must Will fascinate your cats and guests.
We think Christmas morning will be brightened up with your cats romping under, in, and around this Swiss cheese-inspired play mat. Here are Dr.’s favorite cat gift ideas. Mikel Delgado, Rover Certified Applied Animal Behavior and Cat Behavior Specialist. “It creates a lot of interesting textures and hiding places for your cat,” she says.
“You can never go wrong with buying some new interactive toys for your cat,” insists Delgado. “I’m a fan of Litterboy Pets.” Cats will go crazy over the simple yet super realistic colorful critters. Shown is a blue striped flying bird, but you have plenty of other birds to choose from.
When we asked Excited Cats veterinary consultant Chyrle Bonk, “What should you get your cat for Christmas?” she didn’t hesitate. “One of the best gifts you can give a cat is their own cozy bed.” This cozy wool bed is one of Tuft + Paw’s bestsellers and our editor’s favorite napping spot for cats. Lightweight, well made and stylish, it fits any decor and is a winner. (It’s also wide for those big fat guys.)
Contrary to popular belief, many cats do not like catnip. If you’re one of them, you might want to stuff a pack of Silvervine sticks into their socks. “Silvervine, also known as matatabi, contains a chemical similar to that found in catnip,” reveals Minneapolis-based cat behavior consultant Joey Lusvardi. “Cats that don’t respond to catnip usually respond to silver vine. I think it’s the behaviorist’s best kept secret.” Lusvardi calls Meowy Janes “the absolute best silver vine.”
not enough space? “Wall shelves are a great alternative to cat towers, and they come in a lot of cool designs,” says Lusvardi. “This is my favorite. It looks so elegant and actually enhances your decor. Plus, your cat will love this extra place to investigate his territory!”
Made by Nacho cat food, treats and toppings are curated by Chef Bobby Flay. Well, actually his cat. “Nacho and Stella are on the front lines…they’re both taste creators and taste testers,” Flay told Underscored. “For dessert, my kittens have their favourite… duck liver freeze-dried cat food.”
Many feline experts like the concept of food dispensing toys or slow feeders to prevent cats from inadvertently chewing and eating too much or too quickly from the bowl. Dr. Dutch’s clinical director, Brian Evans, made this point in particular. “This simple feeder system evokes their natural hunting instincts and provides exercise as they flap their feeders around,” he explains. “This makes a great gift for active cats or cats that seem to need a more attractive environment.”
Available in gray, green, and taupe, this felt wrap cat hideaway will become your fur lover’s favorite hangout, especially during the busy holiday season. Dr. Lisa Lippman, veterinarian and director of virtual medicine at Bond Vet in New York City, loves it. “It provides a safe, comfort zone for cats to relax when they’re feeling overstimulated or stressed,” she says. “Even well-adjusted cats can be intimidated by houseguests and unfamiliar sounds, so a shelter just for them can go a long way toward reducing anxiety.”
Cats are often considered nearly impossible to train. Not so, stick Dr. Janet Cutler, Certified Cat Behaviorist at Cat World. This kit got her vote for best gift. “Teaching your cat tricks can give them a mental boost, and taking the time to learn these skills can help improve your relationship with your cat,” she says. “Clicker training is fun for both cats and their parents.”
Cutler also recommends this fun toy, made from food-grade materials, as an ideal kitty gift. “Educational toys are great for keeping your cat entertained when you’re on the go or even away from home. With adjustable difficulty levels, let your cat spend time searching for food or treats and moving puzzle pieces to get them,” she explains.
Charlotte Reed, host of the syndicated radio show The Pet Buzz, likes to buy gifts for her three Himalayan lynx cats, which they can enjoy with or without her, which helps their nature . She uses this fun scratcher as an example. “Cats scratch for exercise, to remove the sheath of their dead nails and to mark their territory,” she notes. But their preferred location may vary. “This unique scratching station by Archie & Oscar might help save your furniture,” she adds.
All you need is a clear photo of your fur baby’s face and West & Willow will transform this sweet expression into a functional and personalized gift. Compatible with wireless charging and can be ordered to fit most iPhones and Samsung phones.
These minimalist pieces of modern art will look stunning in any home. You can choose a cat breed from 29 options, then personalize the heavyweight poster by color, design style, size, and the cat’s name.
This round feline puzzle was designed in France and all but one cat are kitten shaped. You see, there is a story. The cats are ready to take their rightful place as world rulers, but a dog who sneaks in (insult!) could ruin everything. There is also a dog world domination version.
Check out this book to learn about the cat parent in your life. This collection of letters from cats was put together by a professional comedian.they are funnyanyone who lives with a feline will resonate.
If your goal is to make cat-loving gift recipients smile while spending less than $15, congratulations.
A great gift for feline-mad co-workers or neighbors for a fraction of the price (we had to), these lively, cheesy kitties will be put to good use after the holidays. You get six ceramic plates for everything from nuts to candy to ketchup. (A set of dogs is also provided.)