The 12 Best Gifts for Cats of 2021

Your feline friend deserves to be loved and pampered too!

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Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift to impress your favorite cat person, celebrating your cat’s birthday or “Gotcha Day” from the shelter, or you want to include Fluffy in your winter holiday celebrations, there’s a wide range of gifts to delight, nourish, and pamper your kitty.

When choosing gifts for cats, consider selecting products made from natural materials like wood, cork, and feathers instead of plastics. Pay attention to where they’re manufactured. Products made in the United States and European countries must meet stricter safety and materials standards than many other countries. While you’re at it, try to choose companies that use sustainable and Fair Trade business practices and those that are minority-owned and operated. For more suggestions on factors to consider, check out the What To Look For section below.

There are literally thousands of cat toys, foods, and accessories to choose from. We focused on those with a little something “extra” that makes them stand out from the crowd.

Below are some the best gift for cats for all the felines on your gift list.

Our Top Picks
More potent than catnip alone and grown organically in Washington State.
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A cat toy staple with natural materials and thoughtful design.
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Your cat will enjoy hours of hands-free laser chasing fun with this toy.
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Single ingredient, high protein treats from a U.S.-based women-owned business.
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Cruelty-free, organic, hand-felted fair trade wool ball for hours of fun.
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The Window Seat:
Kitty Cot Cat Perch at Chewy
A practical, pleasing perch for the cat who loves to sunbathe in the window.
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Fantastic Fountain:
PetSafe Drinkwell 360 at Chewy
Fresh, clean, flowing water with a carbon filter and five settings.
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Thermostatically controlled to stay at your cat’s body temperature.
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This multi-use cat toy is a portable and safe place for sleeping and playing.
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Your fur baby can sleep in style and luxury that will blend with home décor.
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A Different Kind of Catnip: From the Field Ultimate Blend Catnip And Silver Vine

From the Field Ultimate Blend Catnip And Silver Vine
What We Like
  • Grown and blended in the U.S.

  • More intense than catnip alone

  • Blend may work for cats who don’t usually respond to catnip alone

What We Don’t Like
  • A small percentage of cats show no interest

Catnip is a standard go-to gift for our feline friends, but From the Field Ultimate Blend Catnip and Silver Vine includes an extra ingredient to make it a special gift. In addition to catnip grown organically in Washington State, this Ultimate Blend includes silver vine, a plant related to kiwi that has similar effects to catnip, but with even more intense euphoria. Not to worry, silver vine has been thoroughly tested to ensure that it’s completely safe for cats.

A bonus is that From the Field has also had the environment in mind since their founding in 1999, so can feel good about your purchase. If you like this blend, you might be interested in catnip in the other forms they offer, including leaf and flower, whole buds, fine ground kitty safe, catnip pellets, valerian root blend, and catnip essential oil liquid spray rejuvenator.

Cat Wand: From the Field Freddy's Feather Cat Toy

From the Field Freddy's Feather Cat Toy
What We Like
  • No exposed glue

  • Dye-free feathers

  • Natural cork, hemp, and wood

What We Don't Like
  • String isn’t the most sturdy

Like catnip, a feathered cat wand is almost guaranteed to be a hit with cats. A wand can add spunk and zip to even the oldest cats. They’re especially great for indoor cats who don’t have the opportunity to stalk and hunt outdoors. The added mental stimulation and physical activity will keep your cat fit and in a happily feisty mood.

Although there are a number of great options available on the market, we like From the Field Freddy’s Feather Cat Toy Wand because it’s made in the United States with all-natural, biodegradable materials such as cork, hemp, and wood. Only natural, dye-free feathers are used and refills are sold separately.

The hemp string is 3 feet long and has a smart design. The twirling mechanism and replacement system are a foot away from the feather toy so your cat never comes in contact with the small metal parts. The smooth twirl really triggers a cat’s natural bird hunting instinct.

For safety with all cat wands and toys with strings, only allow your cat to use this toy with supervision and be sure to store it in a place your cat can’t access to avoid the risk of it getting tied around their limbs and neck.

Laser Revisited: PetSafe Automatic Laser Cat Toy with Interactive and Random Patterns

PetSafe Automatic Laser Cat Toy with Interactive and Random Patterns
What We Like
  • Hands-free entertainment

  • Timer auto-off setting preserves battery life

What We Don't Like
  • Random movement could accidentally flash in eyes

  • Batteries instead of rechargeable or plug-in

  • Plastic

Everyone knows that cats love laser pointers. The PetSafe Bolt Laser pointer takes that love to the next level. Although it can be used like any laser pointer in manual mode, this one can also be placed on a flat surface for hands-free entertainment. When set in automatic mode, the laser shines in random patterns that will keep your cat guessing and engaged.

It comes with an adjustable mirror so you can have some control of its range. Powered on four AA batteries, the Bolt includes a timer that turns off automatically after 15 minutes. It takes some minor adjustments to get it set just right. But once you find the sweet spot, cats will enjoy regular sessions that will keep them active and might even help heavier cats burn a few extra calories.

The Ideal Treat: The Honest Kitchen Wishes Fish Filets

The Honest Kitchen Wishes Fish Filets
What We Like
  • High protein and grain-free

  • Single ingredient

  • Sustainable fishing practices

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

A new cat treat always makes a great gift. So why not opt for top quality? Honest Kitchen’s Wishes White Fish Dehydrated Dog and Cat Treats are made with 100 percent wild-caught human-grade whitefish harvested with sustainable fishing practices. Cats love the light, crispy flavor and pet owners appreciate that they use no artificial preservatives, feed grade by-products, fillers, GMO ingredients, nor corn, wheat, or soy.

These treats are high in protein and natural omega-3 fatty acids. They’re also great for pets with sensitive tummies and those who suffer from allergies or an intolerance to certain foods like grains and chicken proteins. The large, dehydrated fillets can be snapped into smaller pieces to make these treats last longer.

Have a Ball: Friendsheep Eco Toy Ball Set

Friendsheep Eco Toy Ball Set
What We Like
  • Wide assortment of colors and styles

  • One tree planted for every item sold

  • Friendsheep participates in 1% for the Planet

What We Don't Like
  • Some particularly feisty cats can unravel the felt

Although a ball is one of the simplest pet toys, the Friendsheep Eco Organic Wool Toy Ball set is better than any plastic substitute. We discovered them while researching and writing about the benefits of using dryer balls. Friendsheep uses organic dyes and 100 percent premium organic New Zealand wool that is hand-felted, cruelty-free and fair trade. But perhaps the best part is that they come in a wide range of cute styles. Whether its stately solid earth tones, bold colors, or adorable animal faces like pigs, sloths, pandas, koalas, and penguins, these creative options can add fun to your home and laundry room and make great environmentally-friendly gifts.

Your cat will enjoy batting, chasing, and kicking these soft yet firm balls for hours of fun. A set of six comes in a beautiful gift-ready organic cotton Friendsheep bag that is hand printed in Nepal. They also make great dog toys or beautiful home décor in a decorative bowl. Perhaps the toughest part will be choosing which style to buy.

The Window Seat: Kitty Cot Cat Perch

Kitty Cot Cat Perch
What We Like
  • Can be hosed off or submersed for easy hand washing

  •  Indoor/outdoor

  • No tools required for installation

What We Don't Like
  • Suction cups can loosen over time

  • High heat can deform frame

  • Not machine washable

If your kitty spends a lot of time in the windows or loves to sleep in the sun, they’ll probably love the Kitty Cot Original World’s Best Cat Perch. The black weather- and water-resistant nylon fabric warms naturally in sunlight and is spread over a PVC pipe frame that is mounted onto your window glass with sturdy suction cups. Metal wire provides extra strength support.

Cats love being elevated and can sleep in the sun or relax while watching all the bird and squirrel action outside. The Kitty Cot is available in three sizes and will hold up to 25 pounds so it’s suitable for two medium cats or one larger cat.

Fantastic Fountain: PetSafe Drinkwell 360 Stainless Steel Pet Fountain

PetSafe Drinkwell 360 Multi-Pet Stainless Steel Dog and Cat Fountain
What We Like
  • Dishwasher safe

  • Carbon filtration keeps water fresh

  • Five water stream options

  • Fairly quiet operation

What We Don't Like
  • A bit more expensive than some others

  • Extra parts to store

Cats often don’t drink enough water because they evolved to get a lot of hydration from their food. However, many cats will drink more water if they have access to a clean fountain. That’s because they also evolved to understand that fresh, cool, flowing, and aerated water will have the least chance of being fouled by bacteria and viruses.

We really like the PetSafe Drinkwell 360 Stainless Steel Pet Fountain for the large capacity and that it includes a carbon filtration system to keep water tasting and smelling clean and fresh. An additional foam filter protects the motor to make it last.

It’s relatively easy to disassemble and most parts are dishwasher safe. Although it’s built to last, you’ll be glad to know that replacement pump and carbon filters are available separately for purchase if you’re in need. It may take your cat a bit of time to get used to the motion and the hum of the motor, but you can try the five different water flow options to find the one that makes them the most comfortable and thirsty.

Warm Winters: K&H Pet Products Heated Thermo-Kitty Mat

K&H Pet Products Heated Thermo-Kitty Mat
What We Like
  • Safety tested

  • Removable heating pad for warm months

  • Cover can be removed for laundering

What We Don't Like
  • Cord isn’t very long

Some cats can’t get enough heat in the cooler months of the year. You’ll find them sleeping on the floor vent or behind the gas stove or in front of the fireplace. If that’s your kitty, then they might like the K&H Pet Products Thermo-Kitty Bed. I own this one and my older cats love it.

From a distance, this looks like a standard plush cat mat. But tucked inside the microfiber fleece cover is a 4-watt heating pad and polyfill cushion that keeps your cat warm without overheating. It’s thermostatically controlled to maintain a steady 102 degrees, a cat’s normal body temperature. The pad is removable when it’s not needed during warmer months of the year, and so the rest of the bed can be gently laundered.

These beds are also independently tested and certified by MET Labs to exceed U.S. and Canadian electrical safety standards, so you can be sure your cat and your home are safe from overheating and fire hazards.

Tunnel Time: P.L.A.Y Pet Lifestyle and You Purr & Pounce Cat Tunnel

P.L.A.Y Pet Lifestyle and You Purr & Pounce Cat Tunnel
What We Like
  • Sustainable and socially-conscious business practices

  • Interactive

What We Don't Like
  •  Made in China

If you have a kitty that jumps into every box that hits the floor, they might like P.L.A.Y.'s Purr & Pounce Cat Tunnel. Made with a soft plush interior that your cat won't mind sleeping and playing in, this tunnel could offer hours of rest and entertainment. The peep hole on top is the perfect place to dangle a cat wand or shine the laser pointer. A dangling mouse is included with a pouch for catnip, silver vine, or valerian and crinkle paper to keep your cat engaged.

Leave it out all the time or fold it up for easy storage or travel. A bonus is that P.L.A.Y. focuses on safe and sustainable practices, having earned Certified B Corporation status.

More Than a Bed: Enchanted Home Pet Sofa

Enchanted Home Pet Sofa
What We Like
  •  Looks like a couch

  • Soft and cozy

What We Don't Like
  • Spot cleaning by hand or upholstery cleaner required for most of the couch

  • May not be big enough for larger cats

If you're looking for a sophisticated cat bed, you might consider splurging on an Enchanted Home Pet Sofa. Hand crafted with quality wood furniture construction, this sofa features soft ultra-plush polyester fabric, a removable washable cushion cover, and comfy polyester fill. The raised curved back allows your cat to feel secure and protected while resting. Some cats will appreciate that the sofa is elevated on two-inch legs for a draft-free sleep. The back also has a convenient storage pocket for toys or treats.

It’s available from some vendors in both plush and faux leather in six colors that will blend seamlessly with your existing home décor. A toggle and loop secures the foam cushion in place to keep it from sliding out. Because cats are sensitive to vibration, your cat may sleep more soundly because the legs of this couch are somewhat shock absorbing. You’ll want the next size up if your cat is much bigger than ten pounds.

The Gift of Health: Castor & Pollux Cat Organix Shredded Chicken

Castor & Pollux Organix Cat Shredded Chicken Recipe
What We Like
  • Reasonably affordable

  • Widely available

What We Don't Like
  • Occasional supply chain issues mean they could be out of stock

Switching to an organic cat food might be the best gift you can give your cat. Many owners report that switching to an organic food can resolve common health issues. Castor & Pollux have been making organic pet food since 2003. Since 2017, the entire Organix line of cat and dog foods, both wet and dry, are USDA Certified Organic.

Most cats also love the taste. That’s likely because the top ingredient is organic free-range chicken or turkey. Pet parents love that their other organic ingredients are also produced without pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, artificial preservatives, added growth hormones or antibiotics. They are even cooked in an organically-certified kitchen.

The cat food line is also certified by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for All Life Stages. Many of their recipes include “superfoods” like organic flaxseed, organic coconut flour, organic dried egg, and organic cranberries. The company also adjusts the fiber to help with hairballs. Nutritionally balanced for all life stages, Castor & Pollux also offers a line of kitten foods.

Adventure in Safe Luxury: Pet Gear 360 Travel System Dog & Cat Stroller

Pet Gear 360 Travel System Dog & Cat Stroller
What We Like
  • Multifunctional

  • Easy conversion between forms

  • Folds flat for easy storage

What We Don't Like
  • Plastic latch is not robust

If your cat likes to get out to see the wider world, they can ride in style in the Pet Gear View 360 Dog & Cat Stroller. This three-in-one system can be converted between a stroller, carrier, and car booster seat. The washable fleece interior cushion keeps your cat comfortable and secure. Mesh windows all the way around regulate temperature and allow you to check on your fur baby. The carrier and frames are lightweight and include a tether that can be clipped onto their harness for added security while traveling.

When used as a carrier, pet owners appreciate the padded handle and how easily the carrier clicks into the stroller frame and booster seat frame without any extra tools.

The carrier has a push button entry located on each side of the carrier giving you easy access to your pet without having to mess with zippers. The top provides shade from direct sun to keep your cat’s temperature just right. If that wasn’t enough, it also comes in four colors.

Final Verdict

While each of these products might be the perfect gift depending on the cat, we really like the Kitty Cot Original World's Best Cat Perch (view at Chewy). This gift allows a cat to be perched above the action, lay in the sunshine, watch birds and squirrels outside and have a nice long, relaxed sleep.

When you’re not sure what to give as a gift, you can’t go wrong with From the Field Freddy’s Feather Cat Toy Wand (view at Amazon). This particular brand is made from natural materials and comes, affordably, from an environmentally-conscious company. It’s a rare kitty that isn’t irresistibly drawn to the twirl of feathers flying through the air, no matter how old, tired or overweight. Plus, even if your favorite cat lover already has one, having two can be even better than one.

What to Look for in Gifts for Cats

 Sourcing & Safety

Understanding where your product comes from can tell you something about the safety of the gift. It’s often printed on the packaging. In general, Europe and the United States have the highest standards for pet products, so you might want to avoid—or at least further investigate—items sourced outside of those areas.

Also check labels for third-party certifications that evaluate food and product safety, quality, and regulatory compliance, such as the Center for Pet Safety (CPS), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Pet Food Safety and California Proposition 65 which sets limits for hazardous substances that might cause health problems in products sold in California, including pet toys, accessories, and other related pet products.

When you can, opt for organically-grown or USDA Certified Organic materials and ingredients. Avoid synthetic fragrance, non-natural dyes, plastics, adhesives, and chemical ingredients you don’t recognize.

 Business Practices

Your consumer dollar is your power in guiding the future of the planet and that extends to pet product purchases. Try to make your purchases from companies that use sustainable and fair trade business practices. Check the label as companies that make the effort rarely forget to include it on their websites and packaging. You might find seals from third party organizations that verify or certify product ingredients and business practices. For example, Leaping Bunny Certification can verify a product as cruelty-free.   

Your purchase can also contribute in small part to increasing equity and inclusion when you choose to support minority- and women-owned and operated businesses that are also committed to paying living wages, using safe work practices and employing a diverse workforce.

Give preference to businesses that give back, too. Many pet product companies donate their products to animal shelters or pet owners with limited means. Larger companies might act globally by partnering with nonprofits that serve needy populations or protect the environment though programs like 1% for the Planet.

Why Trust The Spruce Pets?

This piece was written by Lorraine Wilde who has had at least two cat companions in her home for the past 35 years, including some special needs kitties. Two of her cats lived happily and healthily into their early 20s.

When researching each product and brand, Lorraine evaluated the type and quality of each product, customer reviews, the company’s research and development and their business ethics.

Lorraine also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in environmental science. She is a firm believer that consumers can make healthy, informed, and environmentally-conscious choices to protect their pets and our planet.

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  1. Bol, Sebastiaan et al. Responsiveness of cats (Felidae) to silver vine (Actinidia polygama), Tatarian honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica), valerian (Valeriana officinalis) and catnip (Nepeta cataria). BMC Vet Res. doi:10.1186/s12917-017-0987-6

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