If you’re not a fan of cats, chances are you haven’t met a nice one yet. They’re different from dogs — and their owners tend to differ a bit from man’s best friend’s best friend as well. Cats don’t just give out love — you have to earn a cat’s respect and affection. But once you do — you’re golden. Nice, cuddly cats are the best and they deserve the royal treatment from their owners and friends. One great way to get on a cat’s good side is to give them, or their owner, a gift. A gift for a cat lover might look like a treat for their feline friend or something cat-themed their human will use in their everyday life. Now, what type of gift should you get? That depends.
Some cats love toys, some cats prefer to lounge on something cuddly all day, and others only need food. Some cat owners love a good cat-themed mug, while others prefer a decorative poster that reflects their devotion to the species. The best gifts for cat lovers are thoughtful, sweet and well-made, since cats tend to rip things apart randomly. If you’ve got a special cat or cat lover in your life, we’ve gathered the best gifts for cat lovers that’s guaranteed to at least earn you an extra glance from even the stubbornest of felines.
1. Laptop Cat Scratching Pad
This might be the perfect gift for cat owners who have been working from home during quarantine. If you’ve had a cat you know — they love to sit on laptops. It’s just a thing. This scratching pad gives them their own screen to look at and “keyboard” to “scratch” on. You can print out your cat’s very own desktop image and slide it into the cardboard monitor, and the gift comes assembled so it’ll be ready to use right out of the box.
2. Goody Box Holiday Toys & Treats for Cats
This goodie box is filled to the brim with things cats love — making it the perfect holiday gift for your cat lover friend. Inside there are holiday-themed toys, a plaid cat chute and three full-sized treats for their cat to enjoy. All of the toys and treats are top-rated, and the box comes with a list of holiday-themed activities and traditions for your animal lover to enjoy with their pet. It’s curated by pet parents so you know they’ll appreciate it, and it’ll hopefully put you on the cat’s good side.
Whether you collect Monopoly games or just enjoy passing Go, Cat-Opoly will make a great addition to your Cat Day festivities. The tokens range from a milk bottle to sardines, and each deed contains fun facts about cats. Grab this limited-edition board game, a bunch of snacks, and invite everyone over for a fun, feline-themed games night.
4. Zen Cat Garden Sculpture
Ommmmmeow. These zen kitty garden sculptures will bring calm to any outdoor space. They’re made by sculpturist Michael Gentilucci to be tranquil with an unmistakable cat presence. They each have Chinese characters etched into their backs that evoke the cat’s overwhelmingly common characteristic — independence. These are handmade and sealed with protectant from the elements so they can stay outside all four seasons.
5. Lazy One Fuzzy Cat Slippers
These cat slippers are perfect for staying cozy during the winter and sporting an animal-enthusiast look. They’re comfortable to wear with fluffy fleece lining and have nonslip soles. They come in a few cat-themed patterns and make for a great gift.
6. Zen Garden Litter Box: A Little Piece of Mindfulness
This is a hilarious spin on the classic desk “zen garden” setup, but includes cats. It’s designed to look like a litter box and comes with sand and a rake your cat lover can mindfully play with during the workday. The set includes the “litter box” tray, two 3/4″ cats, decorative rocks, sand, a wooden rake and a 32-page book on the zen of litter box gardening… whatever that is.
7. New Cat Starter Kit
Do you have a new cat lover in your life? Then this is precisely the gift they need this year. They’ve got a fun food dish, a collar, and a few catnip toys to get the kitty fired up. The kit also comes with cut-out cards that mark classic kitty milestones — including cuddles, play time, and the accidental mess.
8. Cat Blueprint
There are many distinctive cat breeds out there, and your cat lover probably feels strongly about the one they picked. This Cat Blueprint poster is perfect for celebrating their cat’s unique genetic makeup and visually displaying it for all to see. It features a detailed illustration of the cat as well as design specs, similar to an architectural blueprint. Each one is created in the classic blueprint style used by midcentury modern architect I.M. Paws.
9. S.Leaf Sterling Silver Cat Necklace
This adorable, subtle kitty necklace is made of 925 sterling silver that’s nickel-free and non-irritating. It comes in a perfect box for gifting so your wrapping will be done, and is neutral in its design making it perfect for your cat lover to wear every day.
10. Window Garden Animal Planters
This set of mini succulent planets comes with adorable kitty faces on them, a perfect gift for plant/cat lovers alike. They’re made of glazed ceramic and hand-painted for a polished look. Each one has a hole for drainage and they don’t come with a tray, so that’ll need to be purchased separately. They’ll look adorable lined up in front of a sink, on a desk or scattered throughout the home.
11. Cat Scratch Bookends
A nice set of bookends is always a great gift. These kitty silhouettes are elegant, neutral in design and perfect for a cat lover who also happens to collect novels. They’ll bring their library to life in a very fun way, and are made of hand-cut carbon steel so they’ll sturdily hold up their collection.
12. Cat Grass Growing Kit
Cats usually come with hairballs… yuck. Your cat lover understands — which is why they’ll appreciate this cat grass growing kit. Cat grass is a type of grass that cats, dogs and animals alike all enjoy. It’s a digestive aid that also helps cats digest or throw up hairballs when needed. This blend is a non-GMO seed formula that grows in about 5-7 days. It’s perfect for using indoors or outdoors, and comes in a reusable ceramic planter.
13. Cat Butt Magnets
The butt end of a cat may not be the most beautiful part of your pet, but the back half does make for hilarious magnets. This set of six cat butt magnets will liven up your fridge and provide useful sticking power to boot.
14. Cat Beard Mug
This International Cat Day, transform yourself into a cat. With this clear mug, you can add your very own cat nose and whiskers just by drinking your morning cup of coffee. This is an especially good gift for any children in your life who adore their four-legged friends. (Makes for great Instagram or Polaroid photos, too).
15. Cat Bottle Opener
Appropriately named Sphinx, this kitchen tool is a classy cat that will do the dirty deed of opening your wine bottles. With paws that act as a cork lever and a tail to cut foil tops, this feline is all set to be the life of the party.