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7 Unisex Xmas Stocking Fillers for Cat People

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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

Cat Charity Christmas Cards 2014

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Yes, it’s that time of year again; the time of year when you can utter the C word out loud in public without causing offence.  So, in keeping with the seasonal themes of peace and goodwill to all men and cats, why not take the opportunity to send some much-needed cash in the direction of your favourite animal charity by availing yourself of some lovely cat Christmas cards?

Here’s a selection of some of the cards available from various cat and other animal charities – if you don’t like the cards I’ve showcased, bear in mind that the charities featured offer a selection of cards for a range of tastes.

So….  To start with, here are my two favourites (top and below) from the impressively large range of Cats Protection Christmas Cards.  Priced from £2.45 for ten.

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PDSA  Priced from £3.99 for pack of ten.

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Yorkshire Cat Rescue  Priced at £5.25 per pack of ten.

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Catchat  Priced at £3.95 for pack of ten.

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Blue Cross Priced from £3.99 for pack of ten.

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Battersea Dogs and Cats Home Priced from £3.60 for pack of ten.

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 National Animal Welfare Trust Price from £3.50 per pack of ten.  (This card features the Evil Twins of Christmas who are plotting to assassinate Rudolf.)

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Wood Green Animal Charity Priced from £3.00 for pack of ten.

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For those with a foot in both camps – sold by the Cat Gallery in aid of the Cinnamon Trust and priced at £4.00 for pack of ten.

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Hounslow Animal Welfare Society £5.00 for pack of ten.

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And finally, some kitten-tastic wrapping paper from the Mayhew Animal Home.  6 sheets plus matching tags for £4.00.

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Season’s Greetings from Ethel, the Ginger Cat-mas Tree!

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Ethel and myself would like to wish all you lovely Cool for Cats UK readers, and your feline friends, a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful 2014.  (If you’re wondering why Ethel looks so cheesed-off, it’s because the bag of cat treats used to entice her into the box had suddenly moved outside the box!)

I’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to everyone who reads/subscribes to Cool for Cats UK – it’s very gratifying to know that I’m not alone in the quest for well-designed cat products!

I’m very busy cat-sitting at this time of year, so will be taking a short break from blogging.  Normal service resumes on 2nd January 2014, but in the meantime I’ll keep the Cool for Cats UK Facebook page updated with cat pics!

Happy Cat-mas and a purr-filled New Year!

Kathy x

7 Great Gifts for Cat Men!

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Gifts for cat men aren’t all that easy to find, so I’m afraid this isn’t a very comprehensive list!  But I’ve managed to scrape together a few pressie ideas, just in case you’re stuck for something to give to the cat man (or cat men, if you’re really lucky!) in your life this Christmas.

(Above)  Men’s Star Paws Parody T-shirt£19.99 from Truffle Shuffle.  (Get your skates on if you’re after one of these, as it says on the site that stock levels are very low!)

Lucky Cat T-shirt£21.99 from Some Kind of Nature.

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Bansky Cat & Mouse Long Sleeve T-shirt£13.99 from Tribal T-shirts.  (Available in a range of colours, and as a short sleeve tee for £11.99.)

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For music fans there’s these cat-inspired versions of classic album covers.  The 30cm x 30cm prints are available for £20.00 each from the Karuskicolours UK Etsy shop.

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And finally, these pin badges would make the purrfect cat man stocking filler.  Available for £2.05 for a set of two from the Shop Miss Ella UK shop.

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10 Great Christmas Presents for Your Cat That Won’t Break the Bank!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

cat-bird-toysXL 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.

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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).

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15 Great Gifts for Cat Lovers – All for Under £10!

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Here’s a handy selection of small gifts/stocking fillers, all for under a tenner, that will hopefully help make Christmas shopping for fellow cat lovers that little bit easier…

(Above)  Soapstone Flower Cat £8.99

Lucky Cat Kimono Silk Makeup Bag  £7.95

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Fat Kitty Notebooks/Journals £4.50

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Slipper Socks £8.95

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Hand-painted Wooden Mini-Cats  £1.99

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Kitten Handbag Torches  £4.99

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Tabby Cat Handbag Mirror £2.99

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Cat scarves (available in four different colourways)  £8.99

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The following items are all from the Cats Protection Shop – proceeds from sales go towards funding the work carried out by the UK’s largest cat charity.

Cat Mini Hottie/Handwarmer  £5.99

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Cat Screen Wipe  £8.99

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Cats Protection Cats Calendar 2014 £4.95

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Cats Protection Kitten Calendar 2014   £3.95

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Cats Protection Pocket Diary 2014  £2.95

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Cat Socks £4.75

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And finally; I’ve still got a couple of these Tuxedo Cat Tote Bags left in the Cool for Cats UK Etsy shop.  Priced at £6.50 – £5.oo from each sale will be donated to the Celia Hammond Animal Trust to help fund their invaluable cat rescue, re-homing and animal welfare work.

Edit 12/12/13: These bags have now sold out.

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