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7 Unisex Xmas Stocking Fillers for Cat People

purrtrait cat coaster by simon hart

If you’re looking for a Yuletide treat for a fellow cat person, here’s a selection of seven small gifts or stocking fillers, which should be sufficiently unisex to appeal to that elusive creature, the Cat Man.  And, in keeping with the Christmas tradition of goodwill, three of the products I’ve featured are being sold in aid of charities, so if you buy one of these you’re really giving a double gift – one to the charity and one to the recipient of your pressie.  Which is very nice indeed.

First up these very debonair Purrtrait Cat Coasters by Simon Hart (above).  A series of nine coasters featuring close up portraits of various cat breeds.  £4.00 each.

Everyone loves a cat mug, and any recipient of a Cats Mug by Amy Fenton is bound to be tickled pink.  £9.95 each – all proceeds from the sales of this mug will go to ArtHouse Meath, a project which showcases the talents of adults living with severe epilepsy, learning and physical difficulties.

cats mug by amy fenton for arthouse meath

I have these Unexpected Item cotton totes for sale in the Cool for Cats UK Etsy shop, priced at £9.00 each.  All profits from sales will be donated to the Celia Hammond Animal Trust, a cat rescue and neutering charity which also runs affordable veterinary clinics for pet owners on low incomes.

unexpected item bag by cool for cats uk

This Eco-friendly Mousemat featuring a very content – or possibly even smug – tabby is made from 22 recycled vending cups.  Priced at a very reasonable £4.25 – proceeds go to Animal Aid, a UK charity which fights animal abuse and promotes a cruelty-free lifestyle.

eco-friendly tabby cat mousemat from animal aid

The Kitty Coin Bank provides a much cuter alternative to jam jars or the back of the sofa when it comes to finding somewhere to stash your small change – place a coin on the lid and a little kitty pops out, snatches your cash and then meows a thank you before disappearing back into the box.  Priced at £14.99 (requires 2 AA batteries).

kitty coin bank from firebox

A bottle opener will always come in handy, especially during the Festive Season, and these Cat Paw Bottle Openers are a snip at just £2.29 (inc free UK delivery).  Admittedly the pink one doesn’t exactly fulfill this post’s unisex brief, but the rest of them are OK.cat paw bottle openers

And finally, Eleanor and Vincent Salt and Peppers Shakers, priced at £16.50 – part of the lovely Moggie range by Quail.  A bit on the random side as a choice of stocking filler maybe, but nevertheless unisex, useful, and visually appealing to cat lovers!

cat salt and pepper shakers from quail ceramics

Smug Tabby Cat Eco-friendly Mousemat Helps Animals in Need!

tabby cat eco-friendly mousemat

This tabby cat has a right to look smug: not only is he very handsome, he also adorns an eco-friendly mousemat sold in aid of the UK’s largest animal rights group, Animal Aid.

animal aid logo

Animal Aid was founded in 1977 and campaigns peacefully against all forms of animal abuse as well as promoting a cruelty-free lifestyle.  The group investigates and exposes animal cruelty, bringing these important issues to public attention.

The Eco-friendly Mousemat, made from 22 recycled vending cups and measuring 24cm x 19cm, is available for a very reasonable £4.25 from the Animal Aid Ethical Shop.

Everday Heroes – the RSPCA’s Inspectors & How You Can Help Them to Save Animals from Cruelty


For us animal lovers, the RSPCA is the fourth emergency service.  I have the charity’s Cruelty Line number (0300 1234 999) saved on my mobile, so that if I see an animal in distress anywhere in the UK I can report it to the RSPCA and feel confident that the animal will receive the help it needs.  It’s the RSPCA’s inspectors who investigate complaints of cruelty, and deal with incidents ranging from unintentional neglect due to lack of animal care knowledge, to horrific cruelty cases such as organised dog fighting and badger baiting.

EVERY DAY HEROES is the RSPCA’s latest campaign, which aims to highlight the invaluable work carried out by their inspectors.  A call is made to the Cruelty Line every 30 seconds, with 28,741 reports of abandonment and 220,421 reports of animal abuse needing to be investigated.  Times are tough at the moment, and the RSPCA desperately needs your help to enable their inspectors to save animals from cruelty.

The simplest way to help is by texting HERO to 88010 – this will give £3 (you’ll also be charged your standard network message rate).  You can donate online, or request a fundraising pack – check out the Everyday Heroes page to find out more.  You could also help spread the word about the campaign by sharing the Everyday Heroes page on social media.


I have nothing but admiration for RSPCA inspectors: in addition to dealing with sometimes harrowing cases of animal cruelty, the inspectors can find themselves in dangerous situations, including being threatened with weapons such as knives and shotguns.  They truly are everyday heroes.

Here’s Steve Walker, an experienced RSPCA inspector, talking about his job, the dangers he sometimes faces and what keeps him motivated.

Disclosure: this is a sponsored blog post (fee will be donated to the Celia Hammond Animal Trust).

Win Goodies for You and Your Cat in the BUAV ‘Our Best Friends’ Photo Competition!


UK charity, the BUAV, has been campaigning peacefully for over a hundred years to ‘create a world where nobody wants or believes that we need to experiment on animals.’

Our Best Friends is the BUAV’s new campaign to raise awareness of and end the use of cats and dogs as research animals in the UK.  Sadly, each year in the UK hundreds of cats and thousands of dogs are experimented on for research purposes.  If you’d like to join the campaign to save them, check out the Our Best Friends page on the BUAV website – the campaign has the support of several animal-loving celebrities including Ricky Gervais, Miranda Richardson, Paul O’Grady and Chris Packham.


To help spread the word about the Our Best Friends campaign, the BUAV are running an exciting photo competition.  To enter you need to ‘like’ the Our Best Friends Facebook page, and then submit a photo of your cat (or dog!), and a brief explanation of just what it is that makes your cat (or dog) so special.  The competition will be judged by Sue Parslow, editor of Your Cat magazine, and Rachael Millar, from Your Dog magazine.  Entries must be in by 16th December 2013.

‘But what’s the prize?’ I hear you ask.  Well, the winning cat will receive a rather fabulous goody bag which includes a pet portrait of the winning photograph, a 3 months’ supply of cat food, a pet pamper hamper worth over £65, cat toys and some cruelty free cosmetics for their humble human servant.  (The winning dog will receive a doggy version of the same prize.)  Sounds fab, doesn’t it?  Best of luck to everyone who enters!  And whether you decide to enter or not, it would be great if you could help publicise the campaign and competition by sharing the Our Best Friends page on social media.