Just because cats don't write letters to Santa, listen to holiday music, or watch Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, doesn't mean they don't deserve to find a little something under the tree (or near the menorah) along with the rest of your family. And since your kitty can't tell you directly what it's been wanting, we have some helpful suggestions for holiday gifts for cats that should help point you in the right direction during your next trip to the mall or your upcoming cybershopping session.
Pay no attention to the naysayers; giving gifts to our fur babies is one of the privileges of being a pet owner, and one that many of us indulge in at this time of year. According to a just-released survey from the American Pet Products Association, 38 percent of cat owners buy Christmas presents for their pets, with another 1 percent giving Hanukkah gifts to their kitties. Another survey, this one from The Harris Poll, presents an even more impressive picture: 61 percent of cat owners said they've bought holiday gifts for their pets.
When you think about it, giving a gift to a cat (or other pet) may be one of the most selfless things we do at the holidays. They don't ask us for any presents, nor do they give us anything in return except a purr and a nuzzle (and the occasional hairball). We give to cats simply for the joy of seeing them use the gift and knowing they're being given the best life we can offer. Okay, maybe we also hope that a new toy or treat will distract our fluffballs from trying to knock the ornaments off the tree, but that's more of a fringe benefit than a motive.
Take a look at this roundup of gifts for cats. At least one of them is sure to please even the most finicky feline on your holiday list.