Not sure what to buy for your cat this holiday season? Cats love to play, almost as much as they love to nap. But cat toys don’t have to be expensive. My toddler will enjoy playing with the box a toy came in more than the toy itself, and cats are not much different. Let’s check out a few feline favorites.
I have yet to meet a cat that didn't adore this toy. If you don't have one here is where to purchase a feather teaser.
laser pointer (just be careful not to point the light in your cat’s eyes)
Anything filled with catnip (read Cats and Catnip: Does it Really Get Them “High” and Why, for more info about this perennial herb)
tunnels and tubes for your cat to crawl through--this Tunnel Pop Up Cat Toy received five stars and rave reviews
Stuffed mice in an assortment of colors and texture
scratching post for your cat to stretch his body and flex his feet and claws--the PetFusion Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge won the 2015 Eco-Excellence Award and packs a double punch, serving as a scratcher and lounge for your kitty
You can also shop your house for some fun options…
a ball of yarn or bright piece of string
paper towel tubes
a large cardboard box
For the cat lover, books can also be fun gifts. Millions of Cats, by Wanda Gag is a Newbery Honor Award winner and well written children’s book about an old man and woman trying to decide which cat, out of the millions they bring home, to call their own. Zen Cats, by Yoshiyuki Yaginuma contains beautiful photographs of cats in many different poses throughout the temples, shrines, gardens, and parks of Japan. You’ll find one curled up in the lap of a statue and another walking stealthily through towers of bamboo. The colorful photos are accompanied by poems written by generations of Zen disciples and monks.
Consider allowing your cat to “unwrap” his present this year. Your kitty may enjoy playing with the tissue and wrapping paper just as much as his new toy. Just make sure to supervise your cat to ensure he doesn’t eat any paper or get into gifts that are unsafe. See our Holiday Tips post for ideas on how to keep your cat safe this season. Rest assured that, given a cat’s playful and curious demeanor, any new, safe toy you introduce will be a winner!