A Gift Guide for Cats

Things your cat (or you) will enjoy

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A second litter box

It’s recommended that you have at least one litter box per cat. I have the kind with a hood made by Frisco, and found it easy to wipe clean. (You’d be surprised at how many litter boxes have grooves in the bottom that trap gunk!) I took off the door because my cats didn’t like it, but a cat used to pet doors might be fine with it. I’ve also found that these blend in to my home better than a lot of other boxes I’ve owned.

A better litter scoop

Okay, this one is more for you than the cat. This Duranimals scoop is what I have, but you can pick up whatever is available: mainly you want a metal scoop, not plastic. The cheap plastic ones buckle and spray litter everywhere. I’ve had mine for years now, and it’s still going strong.

Catnip spray

A lot of toys advertise that they have catnip in them, but the smell quickly wears out. Fortunately, you can buy catnip spray and refresh your cat’s toys every so often. I bought a bottle at least a year ago, and it’s still going strong.

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Oat grass

My cats go nuts over oat grass, and it is safe for cats to eat. Pet stores sell little kits to grow it indoors, but the grass only lasts a few weeks, and cats will knock over the tiny container.

Food covers

These are little covers that snap on to cat food lids, so you can save a portion. The type doesn’t really matter; pet sitters or even people within your own house will eventually throw them away. In fact, my cheap plastic ones cracked, so I’m going to replace them with these silicone ones from Frisco and see how it goes.

Mini plates

Food bowls are great for dogs, but not cats. Cats need to eat food out of shallow dishes, or they can get whisker fatigue.

A towel

Trust me, don’t waste money on a fancy cat bed. My cats’ favorite place to sleep is anywhere but a bed that is made for cats. When you have an old towel you’re about to throw away, don’t—put the towel in a cardboard box. Your cat will immediately gravitate to it and take a nap. A towel is far easier to wash than a cat bed, too, and much more versatile.

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