It’s a well-known fact that cats suffer terribly from present envy. But don’t worry: it’s easy to avoid the misery of a jealous cat on Christmas Day by providing a gift or two for your feline friend.
Here’s a selection of 10 fun gifts for your cat that won’t break the bank. Most of these items are from two of the major UK online pet supply outlets – Pet Planet and ZooplusUK – so that, hopefully, you can add them to your usual cat food/litter order to save on p&p.
(Above) The Kitty Boink Cat Toy – £0.39 each from Pet Planet. All 5 of my lot absolutely love these little woven plastic tubes and never seem to tire of them. They love batting them, throwing them in the air, and carrying them around – they turn up in the strangest of places! (I’ve also seen these in my local branch of Pets at Home for £1.00 for a pack of two, but I don’t know if they’re stocked in every branch.)
Rustling Toy Balls – £1.49 for pack of four from ZooplusUK. Cats love the noise and texture of these balls, and they’re easy to carry around.
Trixie Feather Waggler Toy – £0.99 each, or £1.99 for pack of three from ZooplusUK. Everyone loves a feather stick, and these are great value.
Cat Ping Pong Balls – £1.99 for pack of six from Pet Planet. Ping pong balls are always great fun, and as there’s six of these in a pack your cat should always be able to find one to play with!
Jolly Moggy Chirping Mouse – £1.99 from Pet Planet. This mouse chirps when squeezed, so will reward your cat with an enticing sound when caught by the mighty hunter.
Cat Charmer Cat Dangler – £4.99 from ZooplusUK. Cats will love chasing the colour-fast, non-toxic 120cm long fleece ribbon, and the manufacturers claim this toy is virtually indestructable: the fleece is scratch and tear resistant, and the pole will bear weights up to 13kg.
Kitty City Mouse Hunt – £4.99 from Pet Planet. This toy will keep your cat occupied while he/she ‘fishes’ for toys through the openings. Supplied with a jingle ball and a plush toy.
Cat Toy Birds – £5.50 each from the Cool for Cats UK Etsy shop. Big enough for a wrestling match and light enough to be thrown around. Made from upcycled denim and 100% wool felt, and filled with a mix of catnip, valerian and silver vine that your cat will find impossible to resist! £4.50 from the sale of each bird will be donated to the Celia Hammond Animal Trust.
XL Hearts and Roses Cat Den with Scratcher – £8.99 from Zooplus. This pretty cardboard den incorporates a scratcher and is big enough for large breeds to use comfortably.
Danish Design Crinkle Play Bag – £11.99 from Milbry Hill. A hideaway made from fish design fabric that contains a layer of crinkle material to facilitate the marvellous Thrashing Around For No Apparent Reason game. Available in an assortment of colours, but I don’t think you get to choose which one you end up with. Also available for £12.99 from Amazon (eligible for Super Saver Delivery).