We all know that if cats could write, they’d have a strongly worded letter ready for Santa every year. As picky as cats are about the details of everything, there are a few basic items you can bet would be on their list. If you don’t want to leave your furry friend out of the gift-giving festivities this year, here are five things that will make your cat’s Christmas wishes come true!
Working from home this year? You may have noticed you have a new furry supervisor that wants to do your typing for you. Fortunately, it doesn’t mean your cat wants a laptop! Get them an electric toy to keep them entertained when you can’t—like this interactive cat teaser with a gray fur ball they can swat at.
While it’s not always convenient, cats need play time to keep them mentally stimulated and out of trouble. This is especially true for kittens or athletic breeds like Bengal cats, that might need an hour or more of play time per day. If you find your cat chewing cords, getting into stuff, or bouncing off the walls at night, chances are an electric toy is on their Christmas list.
Cats sleep up to 16 hours a day, which means a new cat bed is probably always going to be a welcome gift. With so many types to choose from, how do you decide? If you tend to keep the heat down, your cat is likely to find it chillier than you do—cats have a lower body temperature than humans—so a heated bed would be perfect in this scenario.
If your cat tends to keep their eyes glued to that one squirrel outside, a window perch might be a better option. It will stick onto your cat’s favorite window with suction cups, so you don’t even need any tools to install it. In short, when you’re looking for a cat bed, think about where your cat usually hangs out, and what type of bed would work best in that space.
A pet fountain isn’t just for aesthetics, especially for cats—cats prefer to drink running water, which is why so many cat owners find them meowing at the tap even when their water bowl is full. Getting a cat fountain will also encourage your cat to drink more, which can help with urinary tract issues and kidney disease.
When you’re shopping for one, take a look at reviews online. They’ll usually give you a good idea of how easy the fountain is to clean, how loud it is when it’s running, and whether or not the pump will hold up over time.
4. Modular cat shelves
One of the best ways to level up your indoor cat’s life is to get modular cat shelves. These tend to be pretty pricey, but they can be worth it in the long run, especially if you have an indoor cat in a small space. Modular cat shelves usually they come with special scratching pads and cat perches, and you can set them up to make a little obstacle course for your cat.
However, keep in mind you’ll need a lot of wall space for these, and they’ll take time install, so it’s best to be prepared with the right tools and the right wall for it. If you commit to it a little early, you can even put a few cat toys on the shelves when Christmas rolls around! It will be the best thing your cat could hope for from Santa.
If you don’t want your cat to see your Christmas tree as an extra-festive scratching post, try getting a new scratching post to put under the tree instead. Even if your cat already has one, a new one is probably always going to be on their list, especially when you notice they’re starting to claw the furniture. Cats need to scratch to renew nail growth and mark their territory, as well as exercise and stretch their legs.
Fortunately, you don’t have to get a giant scratching post that’s destined to become an eyesore - a few smaller ones around your home can do the trick. This cactus cat tree, for example, doubles as a cute decorative accent for your home.
Remember, the #1 thing on your cat’s Christmas list…
…is always more attention! If you can’t afford anything for your cat this year, remember that the best things in your cat’s life—head scratches, play time, and cuddles—are free!