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Christmas Cat Gifts for Men

As you can imagine, cat-inspired products for men are a bit thin on the ground.  But I’ve managed to dig out a few, so here are ten Christmas pressie ideas for the cat men in your lives:

These three t-shirts are all available in a wide choice of colours and sizes for £14.99 from RedMolotov.com

schrodinger cat is alive-dead t-shirtthis is bat country t-shirtsurgical cats t-shirt

Or for the young and trendy (or maybe just young at heart!), there’s the Diesel Skull Cat Print T-Shirt, available from Asos for £35.00.

diesel skull cat print t-shirt

Why not kill two birds with one stone and treat your favourite cat man and his cat at the same time?  These Cat Playhouses are available from Suck UK for £20.00.

plane cat playhouse by Suck Uk

tank cat playhouse by Suck UK      fire engine cat playhouse by Suck UK

Or for all those frustrated DJ’s out there: the Cat Scratching DJ Deck available for £15.99 from I Want One of Those.

cat dj scratching desk

And finally, no Christmas Gifts for Men list would be complete without the traditional novelty sock.  Siamese and Ginger cat socks are available in sizes 7.5 – 11.5 from Animal Gift Ideas for £10.69.  Lovely!

siamese cat socks for men                                   ginger cat socks for men

 

Modern Cat Furniture by KoogaTree

koogatree birch vantage platform - uk cat shelf

Now here’s something I don’t get to say often enough: check out this range of luxury cat furniture designed and made in the UKKoogaTree produce a range of ‘high-impact, quality cat furniture’, made entirely from materials sourced from British suppliers.  The inspiration for KoogaTree is Kooga, a very handsome bengal.  Lucky Kooga has a whole range of KoogaTree products at his disposal, but he does agree to act as the company’s model in return!

koogatree birch vantage platform - uk cat shelfFirst up, the Birch Vantage Platform.  The platforms are made from Scottish Birch wood, that has been air-dried for four years, and are fixed to the wall with cast iron brackets, which will easily cope with larger breeds of cat – and look great too.

koogatree birch vantage platform - uk cat shelvesCat ‘shelves’ are widely available in other parts of the world – particularly in the US and East Asia – but, up until now, have been missing from the UK market.  I think they’re a fantastic idea – all cats love a vantage point from which to survey their territory, and, in multi-cat households, a few strategically-placed cat shelves can help reduce tensions by providing a everyone with a good spot to hang out.

The Birch Vantage Platform is available for £125.00.  Each platform is 47mm thick.  Due to the individual nature of this product other measurements vary, but are given on the KoogaTree website.  (You’ll need to get a move on if you’re thinking of buying one of these, as they’re proving popular already!)

koogatree scartch scratching postKoogaTree have teamed up with five British graphic designers and artists to produce the beautiful scARTch range of scratching posts, which double-up as pieces of ‘floor art’.  There are nine different designs available, and each design has been produced as a limited edition run of 25.

koogatree scartch scratching post

Each scARTch piece has a very sturdy handcrafted oak base, featuring a wipe-clean vinyl print which has been extensively scratch-tested.  The posts are made from solid Scots pine and have a choice of premium quality 16mm untreated sisal or manilla rope for your cat to get his/her claws into.  Measurements: base – 792mm x 792mm; post – 800mm.  Prices range from £295 – £395.

KoogaTree also produce these rather spectacular Climbing Trees, handcrafted from oak – priced at £795; or beech – priced at £745.  Bespoke climbing trees are available upon request.

hopscotch climbing tree by koogatree                     maltese climbing tree by koogatree

Other products in the KoogaTree range include luxury sheepskin cat beds and a ‘family’ of catnip toys – check out their website for further details.

And October’s WTF? Award Goes To…

The lucky recipient of the WTF? Award must be offering for sale in the UK an item of cat paraphenalia so pointless and/or hideous that the average response to said item would be one of utter disbelief.

This month it’s a Halloween Special: a scratching post featuring a grotesquely deformed zebra that’ll scare the crap out of you and your cat.ancol acticat jungle pole scratching post, zebraIf you fancy getting your paws on this very unfortunate zebra, who looks to have been the victim of a Tom and Jerry style accident, they’re available here for £17.75.

Modern Cat Furniture by Pet Fun

Pet Fun are a German cat furniture company who produce sisal scratch/climb furniture in neutral designs, which would integrate well with most interiors.

Here are three really useful products from their range, which don’t seem to have British counterparts.  (As my German is non-existent, I’ve looked at the Pet Fun website via Google Translate – so some of the following product info may be a bit sketchy!)

First up, the Wall Tree:

cat wall climber/scratch post

I think cats would really enjoy shimmying up and down the Wall Tree – we all know how much they love to climb, and this product would certainly help keep them off the curtains!

The standard Wall Tree is 165cm high, and the sisal-covered wooden poles are 12cm in diameter.  The plywood base plate measures 30cm x 30cm, and is available in either a birch veneer or carpet finish.

The standard Wall Tree is priced at €89.00 (around £70.00 at current exchange rates), but there’s also an option to buy longer poles, and poles with a diameter of 14cm, at an extra cost.  I’m assuming that the platform at the top of the unit fixes to the wall to give extra stability, but I can’t find any relevant info on the website.

Pet Fun also produce a couple of robust-looking wall scratchers:

semi-circle sisal wall scratcher                                      sisal scratch post corner

The Scratching Board semi-circle (left) is 28cm wide and is available in a range of lengths from 95cm – 205cm, priced at €32.95 – €84.95 (£26.00 – £67.00).  The scratching surface is made from high-quality sisal carpet, and the post is capped at both ends with plywood.  All the bits and bobs required for attaching it to the wall are included.

The Scratching Board is also available as a corner unit (right), called, rather unsurprisingly, the Scratch Board Corner, and comes in the same range of lengths, priced at €55.95 – €104.95 (£44.00 – £82.00).

Pet Fun charge a flat €30 (£23.50) for delivery to the UK, regardless of order size.

Modern Cat furniture – PURE Nature Scratching Post

 

PURE Nature Scratching Posts certainly have a lot more style than most.  They’re made from sisal-wrapped lime tree branches mounted on a solid oak base board, and brilliantly demonstrate just how aesthetically pleasing scratching furniture can be when it’s not covered in bloody carpet!

                   

The scratch posts are 63cm – 69cm in height and the base measures 40cm x 40cm.  They are available in the UK via our favourite Belgian website Purrfect Design for €109.00 (£87.00 at current exchange rates).

Modern Cat Furniture – the Wave Cardboard Scratching Pad

The Wave Cardboard Scratching Pad is new in at zooplus.co.uk, and costs just £4.99.  The Wave measures a generous 49 x 20 x 7cm, and the subtle grey and white pattern would fit in with any decor.  This scratch pad looks to be made from tightly compressed cardboard, which means it should stand up to a lot of scratching.  The Wave is also reversable, so when one side wears out, simply turn it over and your cat can start all over again.

I’m a big fan of cardboard scratch furniture, and so are all the HQ Cats.  I like the fact that it’s affordable, surprisingly durable, and, when it eventually does wear out, you can stick it in with the recycling.  The cats don’t care about any of that, but they love to get their claws into the scratch pads, and find the cardboard also provides a lovely spot for a snooze!

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