Monday, December 22, 2014

What Should I Get my Cat for Christmas?

Cray Cat in Christmas Tree | Exclusively Cats Veterinary Hospital, Waterford, MI

What would your cat like for Christmas? (Besides unrestricted access to the Christmas decorations, of course.)

A survey of pet owners shows that a little over half of people still shop for their pets in brick-and-mortar stores, but that a significant number of people spend their average pet gift budget of $25-50 in online stores. 

Since 98% of pet owners surveyed will use pet blogs as a gift resource, we thought we'd give you our suggestions on just a few of the cat products that cats love! 

 1. Cat toys

Cats love toys and interaction with their humans, so giving your cat the gift of play time is always a good choice! Just make sure that any toys you purchase for your cat are used with supervision if they have easily detachable parts, ribbons, strings, elastics, small bells or buttons that can be swallowed or other choking hazards.

Catnip toys!!
Rabbit Fur Mouse, "Boca Rat" | Exclusively Cats Veterinary Hospital, Waterford, MI
Boca Rat
Large and small, fuzzy, fluffy, tossable, kickable, with or without crinkles! We had Exclusively Cats cats taste test a variety of the catnip toys available from Etsy crafters, and we will be posting their reviews soon!

Boca Rat - Rabbit fur and suede make this cat toy exciting for cats!

Cat Amazing Toy | Exclusively Cats Veterinary Hospital, Waterford, MI
Cat Amazing

Cat Amazing This simple maze toy provides cats hours of fun and learning. Cat Amazing is made from 30% recycled & 100% recyclable cardboard, and printed with certified metal-free inks. There are three levels of difficulty to continue challenging your cat.

Da Bird
Da Bird Toy | Exclusively Cats Veterinary Hospital, Waterford, MI
Da Bird
This cat wand is irresistible! The lures are designed to spin through the air, making a fluttering sound that catches your cat's attention. Drag it along the ground, and it's pounce-able, whiz it through the air and watch your cat soar! Just make sure to keep this toy securely locked away from your cat when you are not supervising him - he may decide to eat it! Additional lures can be purchased that are different shapes - furry, puffs, and sparklers. Some independent companies and Etsy crafters also make lures that mimic insects and other critters which can be attached to the Da Bird wand - however, nothing beats the original!

PetSafe FunKitty Egg-Cersizer | Exclusively Cats Veterinary Hospital, Waterford, MIPetSafe FunKitty Egg-Cersizer

This unique, adjustable food ball can be adjusted to the size of the kibble and the craftiness of your cat. Cats that need mental stimulation will enjoy the "thrill of the hunt" as they bat the ball around to release treats or kibbles, and overweight cats will benefit from having to work for their food, rather than grazing from a bowl all day. For some cats, there is a definite learning curve, however.

2. Cat beds


Cats love boxes, it's undeniable, so often a good choice for a cat bed is something box-shaped, or a basket with a cushion inside. Many cats like the curvy shape of egg or ball-shaped beds, and many cat bed manufacturers have taken a lot of these preferences into consideration. There are even cat beds made from suitcases and doll beds. There are almost as many options for cat bed styles as there are types of cats!
Beds cats love | Exclusively Cats Veterinary Hospital, Waterford, MI

 Additionally, cat hammocks, cat shelves and even cat canoes are fun for your favorite feline!

Cat Canoe | Exclusively Cats Veterinary Hospital, Waterford, MI
Cat Canoe

Cat Canoe Handmade in the USA, this fully washable cat bed expands for your cat, keeping your cat snug and cozy. Its dimensions are 20" long and about 8" wide.

Cat Shelf Wall Bed 

Cat Shelf Wall Bed | Exclusively Cats Veterinary Hospital, Waterford, MI
likekittysville at etsy
Looking for something that is not just your run-of-the mill cat bed? Here's a fancy, modern, wall-mounted bed shelf, found on Etsy. It has a removable, washable cover. Separate covers are available, even in your own materials. Other designs and floor models are also available.

Designed by a Registered Veterinary Technician and her industrial designer husband, these functional pieces are comfortable and design-conscious. Made 100% in the USA.

Kitty Lounger | Exclusively Cats Veterinary Hospital, Waterford, MI

Off the Wall Cat Shelves

Off the Wall Cat Hideout | Exclusively Cats Veterinary Hospital, Waterford, MI
Off the Wall Cat Hideout
This  system of wall shelves, scratching posts, bridges, feeders, beds and hideouts can help you create cat highways all over your house! Custom orders and a variety of carpet choices and wood finish and paint options make these cat beds and shelves uniquely yours.

3. Cat treats and fountains

CatIt Design Senses Water Fountain | Exclusively Cats Veterinary Hospital, Waterford, MI
Cat It Design Senses Fountain
Water fountains - most cats love fresh, circulating water, which is why so many try to drink from the faucet. There are a variety of cat fountains on the market, some fashionable and some functional, some for the cat that loves the trickling sound and others for those that just like to go with the flow. The CatIt DesignSenses Drinking Fountain is a very economical choice - a large, quiet, flowing filtered fountain for around $20.

Drinkwell or Pioneer fountains come in plastic or stainless steel in a variety of styles for around $40-80 each.  Depending on the style of fountain or the material it is made from, both these companies have received both good and bad reviews. The Drinkwell Ceramic Pagoda Fountain got rave reviews from one of our clients. She prefers it to the Drinkwell 360 by a long shot!

Thirsty Cat Fountain | Exclusively Cats Veterinary Hospital, Waterford, MI
Thirsty Cat Fountain

Thirsty Cat ceramic fountains are unique pieces of artwork that also function as a cat fountain for $120 to $240. This company won the 2014 Cat Fancy Editor's Choice Award. You can also purchase coordinating food bowls and treat jars.

Liv-A-Littles Freeze Dried Chicken Treats | Exclusively Cats Veterinary Hospital, Waterford, MIFreeze-dried chicken. Cats love it. No chemicals, artificial flavors, preservatives, by-products, fillers, or rendered meat.

Greenies Dental Treats
Greenies Dental Treats | Exclusively Cats Veterinary Hospital, Waterford, MI
The only tartar control treats that have demonstrated enough benefit to have been given the Veterinary Oral Health Council seal of acceptance. Six delicious flavors to spoil your cat with!

Royal Canin Dental Diet or Oral Sensitive 30, Science Diet Oral Care or T/D
These larger sized kibbles make this diet ideal for offering as treats. The texture of these foods provides some mechanical brushing action when chewed, and the large size encourages more chewing than most smaller sized maintenance diets. Sodium tripolyphosphate binds to salivary calcium and prevents it from helping form dental calculus, and additional enzymes prevent tartar formation in other ways.
Royal Canin and Science Diet Oral Health Diets | Exclusively Cats Veterinary Hospital, Waterford, MI

4. Monthly Subscription Box 

Everyone loves a surprise in the mail, including your cat! Once cat-lovers realized that BarkBox was not going to make a monthly subscription box for cats, a whole slew of options appeared! Have you tried one of these subscription boxes? We're anxious to learn if they're as wonderful as they sound!

Leave us a comment if you have tried one!

KitNip Box - $19-29/mo, 4-6 fun cat toys, delicious treats, must-have accessories, health and hygiene products, innovative new gadgets, and awesome surprises! One of our clients has tried and reviewed this subscription box.
meowbox - $22.95-32.95/mo, 5 items: food and treats that are made with natural ingredients, are tasty, nutritious, wholesome, organic, or locally made
MeowBox - (Not the same as meowbox!) $25/mo, handpicked cat toys, treats, gadgets, accessories and more:  the best, newest and coolest cat-related products they can find. 10% of sales to help less-fortunate felines.
PetBox - $9.95 -59.95/m, 1-12 items - treats, tags, magnets, videos, grooming supplies and more! One of our clients has subscribed to this box and has reviewed the November and December boxes from 2014.
PetGiftBox - $17.99/mo, 4-6 treats, toys, and other great products 
Pet Health Advisor Custom Care Box/Solution Box - $19.95 or $39.95 Detailed Product Choices depending on your pet's health history (not a replacement for regular veterinary visits, of course!)
Spoiled Rotten Box - $19.99 - 24.99/mo toys, treats, samples and more!
Purr-Packs - $24.99-39.99 for 7-12 toys, treats and surprises. Higher end boxes are customizable. Green, recyclable packaging. 10% donation to both national and local rescue and animal welfare organizations.
Fur and Feathers FunPack - $19-30/mo, 4 - 6 high quality, carefully selected goodies, including, but not limited to, toys, treats, specialty items such as skin products, essentials, and of course, food selections   At times, we may also include product samples in our FunPacks.  
CatPax - $22 - 26/mo, fun toys and delicious treats and innovative care products from smaller, independent toy, treat, and hootenanny makers – as opposed to the ones you see at the corporate pet stores.
Dr. D's Pet Packages - $19/mo for cats, subscribe for 3 months and receive a free fleece blanket. 3-8 pet products such as toys, custom treats, grooming supplies, supplements and accessories selected by  veterinarian Dr. D, to suit the needs and preferences of your pet. Their goal is to optimize pet health and well-being by introducing pet owners to high quality healthy pet products which are usually hard to find in local pet stores. 10% of profits go to homeless pet organizations.
WhiskerKits -  $29/mo, average of 5-6 items: unique variety of treats, toys, and pet supplies, and occasionally products for cat parents
PurrBoxes (UK) - £9.95/mo. (It appears that arrangements may be able to be made to have this shipped to the US, but we're not 100% sure...) four or more carefully selected products and presents for your cat – specially selected toys and treats along with a month’s supply of cat grass and catnip!

5. Cat Furniture

Cats love to perch and climb, hide and snuggle, depending on their personality, and of course, all cats like to stretch and scratch! There are a large number of traditional, carpet and sisal rope cat trees out there, and depending on your cat's size and climbing ability, a shorter, broader tree or a taller thinner tree may be preferable for your cat. Just remember that, when choosing a scratching post, a cat likes to extend its legs over its head when scratching, so the bigger the cat, the taller the post should be to maintain its appeal! Additionally, some cats prefer horizontal scratching, so if your cat turns up his nose at a tall tree, a broad, low scratching surface may be more his style.

Lotus Cat Tree | Exclusively Cats Veterinary Hospital, Waterford, MI
Lotus Cat Tree 

This stylish cat tree is almost as much a piece of furniture as it is a climbing piece for cats. It has Berber carpet attached with Velcro,  a Sisal pad perfect for scratching, and soft cushions with washable faux suede covers. It's a bit more costly than your average carpet-covered tree, but reviewers report that it withstands the test of time. 

Katris: Modular cat furniture

These fun, sturdy scratchers are versatile, stackable scratchers for both you and your cat to play with! They come in several different shapes that mimic the computer game "Tetris" and can be stacked into as many imaginative collections as you can come up with. Even better, these top-grade, heavy duty cardboard structures are made of 100% recycled materials. Because of their versatility, these are appealing to cats of many different scratching preferences.
Katris Modular Cat Furniture | Exclusively Cats Veterinary Hospital, Waterford, MI

Katris Modular Cat Furniture | Exclusively Cats Veterinary Hospital, Waterford, MI

Katris Modular Cat Furniture | Exclusively Cats Veterinary Hospital, Waterford, MI

Of course, these are just a few of the many types of cat products out there for your favorite pampered cat. Be sure to visit our Pinterest board for more fun ideas to spoil your cats!

Follow Exclusively Cats Veterinary Hospital's board Cat Gifts for Cats on Pinterest.

If you'd rather shop for the Cat People in your life, here are some fun suggestions from around the internet!

Follow Exclusively Cats Veterinary Hospital's board Cat Gifts for People on Pinterest.


If you don't see your favorite cat gift, here, feel free to leave a suggestion in the comments!

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