I must admit that even though I love cats I do not have a lot of experience caring for them. I had two pet cats as a child, but my mother was always the one who cared for them. So, when a friend suggested that I put together a list of great Christmas gifts for cats, I was stumped; however, I knew just where to turn. I asked a group of friends that are all cat owners/lovers to share their insight with me (and you), and these were their responses.
“My cat was the quintessential lazy cat. He didn’t like to run and play, so toys weren’t good Christmas gifts for him. However, he loved to eat, so I gave him special “human food” treats as a gift.” Kendall, Sandwich, Illinois
Like with most pets, there are human foods that are safe for cats to consume, but some are very harmful. Here are a few examples of each that are listed on the ASPCA’s website.
- Cucumber slices
- Zucchini slices
- Cooked lean meats
Foods to avoid
- Grapes & Raisins
“I used to get my cat a catnip toy and some little balls with bells in them for Christmas. She loved them and would go ballistic.” LaLaina, Totowa, New Jersey
A lot of the people that responded said they got their cat some sort of Christmas gift containing catnip. In fact, one lady said she even found cat treats made with catnip, and she suggested “Kookamunga cat treats” as a brand to try.
Balls with bells were also very popular, and among the cheapest things to give. I found a four-pack using Yahoo! Shopping for just $1.99.
“I fill a box with crumpled up tissue paper and mix some treats in there for my cats to find, and they think it’s awesome. Sprinkling in some catnip is fun too, if you have cats that like catnip.” Carly, Apple Valley, Minnesota
I was surprised to learn some of the biggest hits with cats involved simple everyday items like boxes and shoe strings. It seems these furry friends are fairly easy to please. I bet cats who live with avid crafters gets some really great gifts every year.
When you are deciding what to give your cat for Christmas, it’s important to remember safety first. You need to watch out for choking hazards, staples in the boxes, and make sure any food items you feed them are safe. If you aren’t sure your gift idea is safe, be sure to talk to your cat’s veterinarian.
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