Thanksgiving has come and gone, and Black Friday left us — more or less — free from torrents of blood running red in our streets. As we move beyond the shopping hell that launched the holiday season, we can now focus on what it’s all about — giving people cool stuff. And while Christmas might have other meanings, that isn’t what this article is about. So without further ado, I’d like to list a couple of my personal suggestions to make the holidays substantially more holly jolly — especially if you have a cat… well, only if you have a cat, actually.
Here’s the 2016 Holiday Geek Gift Guide for Cat Lovers…
What started as a crowd-funding endeavor has swiftly become one of the raddest products I have ever seen. Basically, it’s a cube that operates as a camera that you can watch your pets from. Sure, we get it. It’s like a nanny-cam. That’s not wrong, but it also has a built-in laser that can control from your mobile device, and play with your goddamned cat remotely. Getting the Petcube was life changing for me. Now, I can be totally obsessed with my cat at work, the bank, a friend’s wedding, and countless other situations where I could not before. The Petcube also has a social community, so you can share photos, videos, and I guess other stuff if so inclined.
The Shru is another Kickstarter-based project that makes the world a better place. It’s essentially an egg with a tail, but the sucker moves, and kind of mimics motions that cats like. It sounds ridiculous, and it looks hilarious, but cats friggin’ love these things. I was shocked to high hell at how much my cat went bananas for this sucker.
It’s USB chargeable, it has multiple play modes, and it interacts with your cat like it’s alive. It’s so futuristic it’s almost scary. But scary in a good, cat way.
This also rings in at a solid 11 on my cat-o-meter for super sweet gifts.
Recommended by Dr. Zaius
Men With Cats: Intimate Portraits of Feline Friendship Hardcover | Kindle
Written by David Williams
This 144-page hardcover contains over 70 bright-colored photos of”¦ well”¦ men with cats. Author David Williams began this journey in 2009, and debunks the popular “men and dogs” stereotype with this book, which contains photos taken in the men’s homes with their feline companions and contains quotes from the guys. Men With Cats: Intimate Portraits of Feline Friendship includes stories on how the man met their cat, and how the kitties earned their names.
Cat Castles: 20 Cardboard Habitats You Can Build Yourself Paperback | Kindle
By Carin Oliver
You know how you receive a package and your cat jumps right into the box as soon as you empty it? Well, this new book from Quirk Books, Cat Castles: 20 Cardboard Habitats You Can Build Yourself, provides instructions on how to make 20 cat houses out of cardboard and other inexpensive materials using everyday tools. One glance at the subtitle, I knew this would be perfect for my Crazy Cat Guy husband.
Pair this book with a set of Kawaii Cats Sticky Notes Pads, which has various designs showing cats sitting inside cardboard boxes, to make a gift set.
Poetry from Scratch: A Kitten’s Book of Verse Paperback | Kindle
By Jennifer McCartney
Countryman Press | W.W. Norton
Poetry from Scratch: A Kitten’s Book of Verse is a little more serious than your average novelty book, but just as fun. Here you’ll get a bunch of poetry written by cats, some of which are based on famous poems, while others are original free verse, beat, odes, haikus, and limericks. This small hardcover has an attractive cover with raised title, as well as adorable illustrations and photographs. Cat lovers will truly enjoying getting into the mind of these creative kitties.
Pair with with a “Beware Of Cat” Doormat, which has a vicious-looking, faux clawed-through design, to make a gift set.
Whether your family is looking to add a furry companion, or you’d like to help sponsor an animal in need, Best Friends Animal Society is a great place to look to.
November 25-28, 2016, the organization is running a Zappos Home for the Pawlidayz promotion, where adoption fees are waved through participating network and coalition partners across the country. If you can’t physically add any more animals to your family, you can give the gift of animal sponsorship to help care for cats, dogs, and more that permanently lives at one of their sanctuaries.