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Gift Guide: Natural Cat Toys, Treats and Furniture

If your cat is the cat that has everything, check out our guide to some fresh ideas for holiday stocking stuffers or gifts for any occasion.

Travel in Comfort

Maybe you’ve had the same old cat carrier for years, or maybe you’re just looking for one that will help your cat feel more comfortable. A number of options are out there; it’s just a matter of finding one that suits you and your cat.

Things to look for:

  • A carrier that is comfortable for you to handle and doesn’t tip your cat to the side when you lift it
  • Good ventilation on the back, sides and front
  • A bed inside that can be removed for cleaning
  • A loop for securing the carrier in a car using a seat belt

If you’re planning to travel by air, you’ll also want to make sure the carrier meets airline requirements.

Indoor Cat Garden

Your cat might enjoy playing with dried catnip, but it’s easy to grow it on your own at home. Kits are available that include everything you need, including the pot, the soil, drainage material and seeds; all you need to do is add water and sunlight. Since catnip is so irresistible to most cats, it’s a good idea to keep the growing plant out of your cat’s reach, and then snip off little bits every now and then for your cat to enjoy.

Modernized Cat Condo

If your kitty condo is looking a little dated, consider donating it to a charity and buying your cat a new one. The The Modern Cat Designs Tall Modern Cat Condo has a number of features that make it safe and enjoyable for your cat, as well as an attractive addition to your living space.

Cat Caves

Cat caves are collapsible fabric tunnels that can either give your cat a safe, quiet place to settle down for a nap or provide entertainment and stimulation at playtime. They fold down easily for storage, so you don’t have to worry about them taking up a lot of space in your home. Some have one end closed off while others are open; if your cat is the kind who likes to hide out, the tunnel with a closed side will be better. Some cat caves or tunnels even have toys dangling from the inside to provide extra fun.

Food Puzzles

Indoor cats have a tradeoff: They live longer and are safer from environmental hazards than outdoor cats, but they usually don’t get the same level of environmental stimulation. It’s important to provide indoor cats with toys and games that will keep both their minds and bodies active. Food puzzles are a great way to do this; they work by making a cat figure out how to get a meal, rather than just being given one. Once the puzzle is figured out, the cat is rewarded with the food, which increases the cat’s motivation to figure it out next time it’s offered.

When shopping for food puzzles, it’s a good idea to start simple and work up in complexity. You’ll find a lot of food puzzles for dogs when shopping, but make sure to purchase the ones designed specifically for cats, since dog food puzzles can be made out of materials like wood that are unsuitable for cats.

Treats and Goodies

You might be tempted to slip your feline friend a human treat, but keep in mind that a lot of people food is unsafe for cats to consume, such as those listed in our Cat Toxins Commonly Found at Home article. Instead, you can offer your cat a treat with a great taste and get the satisfaction of knowing you’re giving something healthy. The makers of FELINE GREENIES® Dental Treats offer a number of treats with health benefits for your cat, such as dental care, hairball control and healthy skin and fur.

Whatever you decide to give, your love and kindness are the greatest gifts of all.

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