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2020 Holiday Gift Guide: Cat Gifts for Your Feline Friend

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This post contains gifted items. All opinions shared here are my own.

December is here and many of us are feeling the push to finish our holiday shopping. If you are still searching for the perfect cat gifts for your feline best friend, today’s post is for you! I’ve compiled a list of fun cat gift ideas for cats of all ages and activity levels.

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I recently shared a gift guide full of dog gifts for the holiday season, but I couldn’t forget about the other half of our ‘pack’ – our feline friends.

Trust me, Jinx and Pippen would never let me, and you don’t say no to a tortie!

(Tortitude anyone? If you know, you know lol)

Whether your cat has been naughty or nice this year, they deserve a little something under the tree.

With the pet industry exceeding $90 Billion in the United States alone, there are so many options that shopping for your cat can quickly become overwhelming.

How do you know which products are worth your hard-earned dollars? Where do you even begin?

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

With the help of our two feline friends, Pippen and Jinx, I have put together a list of cat gifts that have passed the most rigorous cat testing.

Each of the items on this list has received their stamp of approval.

Better still, they are all available online.

You can complete your shopping list without leaving the comfort of your home.

So, grab a cup of hot chocolate, turn on the festive music and let’s start shopping!

Related: ‘5 Fun and Festive Cat-Friendly Christmas Tree Ideas

Cat Gifts That Are Sure to Bring Your Feline Friend Joy This Holiday Season

Interactive Cat Wand

If you’re looking for a gift that will allow you to bond with your cat while playing together, this is it!

While Pippen is happy to play on her own, she’s always interested in playtime with my husband and I, often bringing us toys.

Jinx, meanwhile, is a little on the lazier side and this allows me to give her a little encouragement to stay active.

There are a number of different options depending on what your cat prefers in their toys – Bells, feathers, mice, catnip infused toys and more.

long-haired tortoiseshell cat sitting on the back of a couch, pawing at a pink feather toy in the air

Fluffy Cheezers Feather Tail Mice

You will likely notice a trend on here in terms of toys…

Pippen has a feather addiction, so most of her toys have that focus.

These mice rattle when you shake them, calling her from any corner of the house for playtime.

They are also sold in large packs so that you don’t have to worry about how many have disappeared under the couch until it’s time for a full clean out.

(I know that you know what I’m talking about!)

Cat Dancer Interactive Cat Toy

This next toy is a classic and it’s honestly nothing fancy to look at. However, if something sticks around year after year, there has to be a reason. Right?

This toy has kept our cats entertained since they were young kittens.

It is relatively simple, a spring wire and rolled cardboard, but I have watched as it was the center of hours and hours of playtime over the years.

Bonus: They are low cost, which means that they make a perfect stocking stuffer!

Related: ‘Easy Homemade Cat Treats with Pumpkin

Dancing Dot Laser Cat Toy

Another great interactive toy that will help the less active cats among us to get up and moving (Jinx, I’m looking at you), the Dancing Dot Laser Cat Toy is a great option!

We were recently gifted this toy from PetSafe and it became a fast favourite in our house.

It offers 2 different play modes – one for a one time play that turns it on for 15 minutes total, and another that turns the toy on for 15 minutes every 2 hours (for up to 6 hours total).

This makes it a great option to keep your cat occupied while you’re busy or away from the house.

By only turning on for a short time every 2 hours, it prevents your cat from being over-stimulated and provides some much-needed rest time between play.  

collage of tortoiseshell cat sitting next to a laser pointer toy, looking at the laser on the ground
I forgot that I had it set to all day play mode and when it kicked on, Jinx was FAR too interested in playing to take pictures!

KONG Wubba Bird

The Wubba Bird came into our house as a Christmas gift last year, and Pippen has been addicted ever since!

I’m not sure what feature she loves more, the feather tail or the fact that it’s infused with North American Premium Catnip.  

Whatever the reason, this toy is the main focus of her playtime at least once a day.

long-haired tortoiseshell cat laying on a wooden floor playing with a cat toy that looks like a parrot with the words KONG wubba on it
Can you leave me alone so that I can play, please?

Cardboard Cat Scratcher

This is another example of the concept that sometimes less is more.

After all, we have all seen our cats choose boxes and bags over the expensive toys they contain at one point or another.

Cardboard cat scratchers are a great option to allow your cat to enjoy the benefits of scratching while avoiding destroying your furniture.

These small, low-cost scratch pads can be easily placed around the home in your cat’s favourite spots.

Try adding a little high-quality catnip for some extra special playtime fun!

Peek-A-Bird Electronic Cat Toy

In addition to the Dancing Dot Laser Cat Toy mentioned above, PetSafe also gifted us the Peek-A-Bird Electronic Cat Toy.

I can’t say enough about this one, it’s a HUGE winner in our house!

As I’ve previously mentioned, Pippen has a love for anything with feathers. The Peek-A-Bird is an interactive toy with a feather that randomly peeks out of each side of the bird.

It has 2 play modes just like the laser toy, a one time play and a play all day with rest breaks.

The play all day mode also uses a motion sensor, waking up the toy if your cat walks past triggering it.

The toy comes with a replacement feather which is good, because it’s taking quite the beating in our house already.

Check out this recent TikTok video of Pippen and the Peek-A-Bird toy in action!

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Pippen's first time playing with her new Peek-A-Bird toy sent to us by @petsafebrand Canada! ##CatToy ##CrazyCat ##CatPlaytime ##CatGifts ##CatsOfTikTok

♬ The Chicken Wing Beat – Ricky Desktop

Related: ‘Stocking Stuffers for Pet Lovers: 20 Gifts Under $20

Crinkle Ball Cat Toy

Another classic, the Crinkle Ball was Pippen’s first toy when I rescued her at 9 months old and continues to be a favourite today, 11 years later.

These soft, light-weight balls can be tossed around the house if your cat enjoys playing fetch without fear of breaking something.

Alternatively, they can be strung up on a cat tree or from a door frame if your cat prefers that style of play.  

Cat Tree Scratch Post

If you’re really looking to spoil your cat this holiday season, why not consider investing in a new cat tower or cat tree?

Cat furniture varies in size and design meaning that there is an option for every home and aesthetic.

Platforms, hammocks, beds and hideaways allow your cat to explore the various levels and take a comfortable cat nap when the mood strikes.

Some cat towers also include toys dangling for additional playtime fun.

This isn’t just an investment in your cat, it’s also an investment in your furniture!

By providing your cat with safe and acceptable places to scratch, you can deter them from using your new leather sofa and save yourself a lot of frustration.

PetSafe Come with Me Kitty Harness and Bungee Leash

I can’t create a list of cat gifts without discussing the Come with Me Kitty Harness and Bungee leash.

Why? This is the cat accessory that gives our cats the freedom to safely explore outdoors.

Whether your plans include hanging out in the back yard or heading out on a camping excursion together, this harness has served us well.

The design of the harness is comfortable, putting pressure on the shoulders instead of the neck or throat.

It’s also highly adjustable, making it easy to fit cats of all sizes.

long-haired tortoiseshell cat outside in the grass, in front of a wooden fence, wearing a red harness and leash

Whether you’re shopping for a playful young kitten or a more laidback senior cat, there are so many options available!

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, each of the items that I have listed are already used and loved here in our home.

These are the tried and tested items that earned the coveted Pippen and Jinx stamp of approval.

Are you curious as to what new products our cats are still wishing for this holiday season?

Check out their Amazon Wishlist (on Amazon.ca) for more great cat gifts to inspire your holiday shopping…

orange tabby cat with a white chest laying on a white surface next to a pile of red and white wrapped Christmas gifts with text announcing a gift guide of cat gifts

Are you already finished shopping for the holiday season, including finding the perfect cat gifts? If so, we would love to hear what caught your attention in the comments below!

About Author

Britt is a digital/social media marketer and the owner of The Social Alternative. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending her time with her ‘pack’ which includes her husband John, their 2 dogs Daviana and Indiana and their 2 cats Pippen and Jinx. A proud pet mom, she shares all her pet-related tips, tricks and funny pet antics on Shed Happens.

74 Comments

  • Deandra
    December 8, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    My friend has a cat who’s always getting into stuff lol. I’m sure she would appreciate these ideas that’ll hopefully help solve that problem!

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    • Britt
      December 10, 2020 at 10:51 am

      They can be little troublemakers at times! lol I know that the interactive toys like the peek-a-bird and the dancing dot have really helped me to keep my cats preoccupied (and out of things that they shouldn’t be getting into)

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  • Lyosha
    December 9, 2020 at 1:55 am

    my bestie is a cat person and I have no clue about cats. looks perfect to me (and I still haven’t found a gift for her)

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    • Britt
      December 10, 2020 at 10:49 am

      I hope I was able to help you find that perfect gift!

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  • Rosie Ireland
    December 9, 2020 at 6:10 am

    So many amazing ideas in this post – my sister makes her cat a stocking filled with these kind of gifts so I’m sending this her way for inspiration!

    Rosie

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    • Britt
      December 10, 2020 at 10:47 am

      Thank you!

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  • Shar
    December 9, 2020 at 6:59 am

    This is a clever gift guide! Having one especially for a pet, which is a part of the family, is so helpful.

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    • Britt
      December 10, 2020 at 10:42 am

      Our pets are such an important part of our family!

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  • Lori Bosworth
    December 9, 2020 at 9:18 am

    That interactive cat wand looks good. I’ll share it with my sister because she has four cats!

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    • Britt
      December 10, 2020 at 10:42 am

      It’s a fun way to play with your cat without having to worry about the safety of your hands and fingers! I know that my cats don’t MEAN to hurt anyone, but when the teeth and nails come out, accidents can happen lol

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  • Karen
    December 9, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    Love these ideas and will check some out for my shelter kitties!

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    • Britt
      December 10, 2020 at 10:41 am

      Sending love to all your shelter kitties during this holiday season!

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  • Melanie williams
    December 9, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    There are some really great ideas here for sure. So much for the lovely cats to enjoy the festive season x

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    • Britt
      December 10, 2020 at 10:40 am

      Our cats deserve to celebrate the holiday season as well! Right?

      Reply
  • Di Hickman
    December 9, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    Awwww such a great gift guide! Love that your cat has a feather obsession, so cute! Lots of great ideas here!

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    • Britt
      December 10, 2020 at 10:39 am

      I have never brought a feather toy into the house that she didn’t love. She’s so funny with them!

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  • Lisa
    December 10, 2020 at 10:46 am

    We tried a cardboard cat scratcher for the first time for our newest cat and he LOVES it. As you suggest, the addition of some cat nip makes for a little extra treat too. Also like the look of the Wubba Bird, I’m sure he love one of those. Great picks, Britt!

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    • Britt
      December 10, 2020 at 10:47 am

      We are looking at adding another Wubba Bird to the house this year. The one that she has is a HUGE favourite here – even Dav has been caught playing with it lol!

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  • Sophie Harriet
    December 10, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    I normally just get my cat treats because she is never interested in toys! But there are some great ideas on this list xx

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    • Britt
      December 11, 2020 at 8:54 pm

      Our one dog is like that. The only toys that Indy shows any interest in are treat-dispensing toys lol

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  • Nancy
    December 13, 2020 at 12:44 am

    I just got a kitten and this is the perfect post for gift ideas for cats!! I’ve been meaning to buy a red laser – it is fun to see cats run after them. I love the cat tree scratch post. It is so versatile whether they want to climb, scratch, or even sleep! Thanks for sharing all of these great ideas!!

    Nancy ✨ mdrnminimalists.com

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    • Britt
      December 14, 2020 at 9:52 am

      We have a couple of different cat scratch posts around the house. I love that they give our cats a place to just ‘be cats’ whether that’s playing or napping lol

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