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10 Gifts that Cats will Actually Use in 2021

  • Cats are universally known to be very picky when it comes to the things that they’ll actually use and play with.
  • Some of the best products for cats are ones that provide them with a spot to lounge, play, and sleep all in one place.
  • We selected the top gifts that fulfill cats’ environmental needs that they’ll be happy to use.

There are very few things in life that create more joy in a cat lover than a unique gift that their cat will actually use. However, as most cat owners have experienced, sometimes even the most amount of research put into the perfect cat toy can lead to their furry feline completely dismissing it out of disinterest. That’s why we put together a list of the most cat-tested and cat-approved products out there so that the next time you’re shopping for a gift for your favorite cat owners you can rest assured knowing that your gift will be put to good use. 

Ranking

  1. Cardboard Cat Homes — Cat Mansion
  2. SnugglyCat — Ripple Rug
  3. K&H Pet Products – Window Bed 
  4. Catit Senses — Flower Fountain 
  5. PetnPurr — Cactus Cat Scratcher
  6. Kitty City — Cat Sleeper
  7. Doc & Phoebe — Indoor Hunting Cat Feeder
  8. PawHut — Cat Wheel
  9. PetFusion — Cat Scratcher Lounge
  10. BENTOPAL — Automatic Cat Toy 

1. Cardboard Cat Homes — Cat Mansion

The Cardboard Cat Homes Cat Mansion comes equipped with two floors, a scratch pad, and holes to hang toys so that cats can lounge, play, and nap all in one place. 

What we like: scratch pad, includes catnip, multiple floors, 100% recyclable, places to hang toys

Have you ever known your cat-owning friends to spend all their time and money buying their cats toys only to find that their cats prefer the cardboard box that the toy actually came in over the toy itself? Cardboard Cat Homes aims to solve this problem by making adorable cat homes out of cardboard, that material that kitties love to scratch and lounge in so much. On top of that, each home comes with catnip included, making this cozy spot even cozier. The Cat Mansion comes with two floors, multiple entrances and exits, and little holes to hang toys so that this will soon turn into a cat’s one-stop shop for lounge time, playtime, and naptime.  

2. SnugglyCat — Ripple Rug

Snuggly Cat’s Ripple Rug is a simple product that fulfills all cats’ environmental needs by creating a safe space where they can scratch, nap, and play.

What we like: made of recycled plastic bottles, easy to clean and maintain, gives cats a safe space

This may not look like much, but for a cat the SnugglyCat Ripple Rug has it all. The Ripple Rug is made of a soft, synthetic material created from recycled water bottles that is super appealing to cats. The texture of this rug is perfect for kitties to sink their claws into and the softness of it creates a nice environment to lounge and nap. Because it’s a rug, it’s easy to reconfigure the folds in a way that creates fun hiding spaces for your cats so that they can observe without being seen. Small holes in the rug create little windows for your cats to peek out of and you can even hide treats in it so they can practice their searching and locating skills. 

3. K&H Pet Products – Window Bed 

K&H Pet Products’ Window Bed is an easy-to-install window bed that lets cats have one spot for sunbathing, bird watching, and snoozing. 

What we like: easy to install, sturdy, machine washable pad

The K&H Pet Products Window Bed instantly turns any window into an all-in-one spot for cats to lounge and observe the outside world. The Window Bed includes a very soft and warm pad that is both super cozy for your cats and easy to clean in the washing machine. The Window Bed is attached to the window using super strong suction cups so you won’t have to worry about the bed falling down and potentially injuring the kitty. The half dome shape keeps the top completely open so that it’s easy for cats to enter and exit the Window Bed. 

4. Catit Senses — Flower Fountain 

The Catit Senses Flower Fountain has three water flow settings and is always expelling clean water to encourage cats to drink more and stay hydrated.

What we like: 3 water flow settings, minimal power usage, unique flower design, pushes only filtered water to the surface, easy to clean

The Catit Senses Flower Fountain is for those picky cats where for them, drinking out of a still water bowl just doesn’t cut it. The Flower Fountain has a unique look that won’t cause an eyesore in any cat owners’ home and it comes with three different water flow settings that offer maximum oxygenation for fresher, better tasting water. Cats love fresh flowing water and this flower fountain is as close as it gets to your little jungle cat drinking from a wild stream. It uses minimal power and has a handy water level window to let you know when you need to refill. Plus, with over 29,000 ratings on Amazon you can be sure that any cat would love this Flower Fountain.

5. PetnPurr — Cactus Cat Scratcher

The PetnPurr Cactus Cat Scratcher is an aesthetically pleasing piece of cat furniture that is super sturdy and helps keep cats’ claws and paws healthy.

What we like: matches lots of decor, easy to assemble, sturdy, nice material for claws

The PetnPurr Cactus Cat Scratcher is quite popular among the cat-owning community, and for good reason. For one, it’s aesthetically pleasing and its cactus-themed aspect match a variety of home decor. On top of that, it is covered in sisal carpet which is a material that is well-known to be super appealing for scratching. Having things that cats can sink their claws into both keep their paws healthy and keep expensive furniture unscathed. Better yet, this Cactus Cat Scratcher is super sturdy so you’ll never have to worry about it breaking even with the most playful kitties. You can read a full in depth review of the Cactus Cat Scratcher here.

6. Kitty City — Cat Sleeper

The Kitty City Cat Sleeper is basically a crib for cats, having multiple sections to lounge, nap, and play.

What we like: easy to assemble, soft and cozy material, includes hanging toys, sturdy

The Kitty City Cat Sleeper is exactly what it looks like: a crib for cats. It has all the things a cat needs all in one spot such as a place to nap, a place to lounge, and even toys to play with. The Cat Sleeper is sturdy so that it’ll stand a chance against even the heaviest sleepers and the most aggressive players. As an added bonus, this Cat Sleeper from Kitty City is modular, meaning that it stacks and attaches to other pieces in the same line. 

7. Doc & Phoebe — Indoor Hunting Cat Feeder

Doc & Phoebe’s Indoor Hunting Cat Feeder adds stimulation and activity in a cat’s life while also honing their hunting skills. 

What we like: veterinarian-approved design, encourages cats to exercise, easy to clean

According to Doc & Phoebe, cats naturally want to spend 80% of their waking hours hunting for food. This is their time to act on their instincts and hone their hunting skills while also getting in the activity and exercise that they need to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle. That’s where the Doc & Phoebe Indoor Hunting Cat Feeder comes in. The feeder is easy to use, just fill twice a day with normal cat food and hide throughout your home. The kit comes with three different feeders so it even works for households with multiple cats. 

8. PawHut — Cat Wheel

The PawHut Cat Wheel is basically a hamster wheel for cats, allowing cats to get exercise while also giving them a place to sink their claws into so that they don’t do it into your furniture.

What we like: aesthetically pleasing design, sturdy, covered in claw-friendly sisal carpet

The PawHut Cat Wheel is perfect for letting cats get some exercise, while also sharpening their claws and keeping your expensive furniture pristine. It works the same way a hamster wheel does, just let the cat hop on and start walking. Plus, the wheel is covered in sisal carpet, that material that cats love to sink their claws into. It’s sturdy, easy to clean, and perfect for cats under 9 lbs. On top of everything, the Cat Wheel is aesthetically pleasing and easily fits most home decor. 

9. PetFusion — Cat Scratcher Lounge

PetFusion’s Cat Scratcher Lounge is an infinity-shaped scratch pad that’s big enough to accommodate scratching, playing, and lounging all at the same time.

What we like: scratch pad, includes catnip, big size, curves create easier scratching, reversible

The PetFusion Cat Scratcher Lounge is yet another one of those products that put everything your cat needs in one place. The Lounge is covered in a cardboard texture that mimics tree bark and is super appealing for cat scratching. The infinity-shaped curves allow easier scratching and a sturdy design so that it won’t budge even with the most intense scratchers. There is plenty of space on top for cats to nap and lounge when they inevitably get tired of scratching. And, with over 15,000 reviews on Amazon, there are plenty of cats that can attest to readily enjoying and using this product.

10. BENTOPAL — Automatic Cat Toy 

The BENTOPAL Automatic Cat Toy is a robotic, smart toy that works to encourage exercise in cats even when their owners aren’t there to play with them.

What we like: automatically shuts off and on, encourages healthy lifestyle, customizable with own toys, works for 8 hours

The BENTOPAL Automatic Cat Toy helps to encourage a healthy lifestyle and exercise in cats by simulating prey to chase. It is designed to automatically turn off after ten minutes of play and automatically turn on again after 1.5 hours so that the toy never ceases to excite your cat. It’s also built with a smart sensor to detect objects in its environment and easily avoid them. To further maintain the feeling of novelty, the toy has a full 360 degrees of rotation and is programmed to make irregular twists and turns that’ll keep any cat on its toes. Finally, it has a large battery capacity and is built to last up to 8 hours. 

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