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What Should I Get my Friend who Loves Cats? Top 5 Gift Ideas for Cat Owners

cat getting loved by owner

[Written by Star LaBranche]

If you have a friend who loves cats and their birthday is rolling around, you might be wondering what gift you should grab for their big day. With so many cat-themed items around it’s easy to become overwhelmed when it comes to picking out the perfect present for your friend. 

Unfortunately, it can be difficult to shop online for cat-themed presents as quality is never a guarantee. Some shipping times take so long if the present arrives and won’t work there’s no chance to replace it with something else. What are you to do?

Let’s take a look at some great options for presents that your cat lover friend will enjoy (and so can their felines).

woman laying in bed with two cats

1. A DIY Scratching Tree for Kitty

Let’s face it, scratching posts can be hideously expensive. Even cheaper trees and posts online often can’t hold larger cats and sometimes have reviews claiming poor design, bad quality, or even a horrible smell. And if you do go the more expensive route, sometimes it’s hard to justify purchase something that the cat is eventually going to rip to shreds. 

The good news is a trip to the hardware store and some simple DIY can solve this problem! No one has to be a master craftsperson to wind some rope around a log and secure it with glue. If you like to think of yourself as handy, there are tons of designs online to make a fancier version of these scratching posts. You could even make one that looks like a cute cactus

If your friend has mentioned issues with scratching behaviors around their home, this is a clear sign their feline friend needs an outlet for their need to scratch. Here are some useful ways to scratch proof a home, with solutions for common problem areas.

tri-colored cat getting pets from owner

2. Turn Kitty into a Model

If constructing a scratching post isn’t your thing, no worries. There are plenty of other gift ideas out there. If you have some digital media skills, you could take cat pictures from your friend’s social media (cat people love to post pictures of their cats), and find fancy frames for them. 

Do one, two, or a small gallery wall for their place. Make a tiny frame for them to keep on their desk at work. If you have Photoshop skills, the skies the limit for how you can edit and display the photos for your friend. You could also create phone backgrounds, screensavers, or much more. This is a great present to let your creativity shine and to let your crafty inner child shine!

man holding his kitten

3. Donate to a Charity in the Kitty’s Name

We've said it once, and we'll say it again: Sometimes the best gift is a gift to those in need. If your cat-lover friend doesn’t need anymore cute cat home decor items or cat print sweaters, there’s always the option of donating to an animal welfare charity or a rescue in honor of your friend and their cat. Often organizations will reach out to let your friend know a donation was made in their name and to thank them, which can make for a great surprise!

This is also a great gift if you’re pressed for time and don’t have hours to spend looking for just the right cat whisker coffee mug to express your feelings. Also, if your friend has lost a cat, be it recently or years ago, lots of charities allow you to make it a memorial donation, to let you friend know their animal’s spirit of generosity lives on.

happy cat laying on its back getting love

4. The Perfect Kitty-Themed Gift (That Your Friend Doesn’t Already Have)

When it comes to finding a gift for a cat lover, it can be difficult. There are so many out there, but someone who has been a "confirmed cat person" for years, they will often have a lot of cat-themed gifts from birthdays, Christmases, and many other occasions. 

As someone who had a Hello Kitty obsession for years, let me assure you, it happens. One birthday a friend got me the same pair of Hello Kitty earrings I was wearing at the time. It can get awkward.

Nevertheless, this is why a gift like Sole Flops makes a wonderful, one-of-a-kind present for the cat lover in your life! Imagine getting the face of their cat (or cats) on a pair of comfortable, fun flip flops. Whether they wear them to the pool, around the house, or all the time, Sole Flops are a practical and whimsical gift any cat lover will appreciate.

cat sitting next to a pair of Sole Flops

5. Give the Gift of Kitty Knowledge

The internet is a wonderful place. In addition to the helpful more formal resources and medical advice, there are just as many websites written by people who have bountiful first-hand knowledge. If you have a friend who is a newly found cat lover or just got their first cat, the gift of knowledge will definitely be appreciated.

This isn’t to say you have to hire Jackson Galaxy, or any other cat behaviorist. I don’t know exactly what they charge for a personal consultation, but I imagine it’s not cheap. Instead, find a cat behavior book that has good reviews from veterinarians, or one that was even written by a veterinarian. See if any local vets offer free kitten/cat care classes for new owners, or even compile a list of online resources that could help them through the first few years of owning a cat.

Nothing is going to be more valuable to a first-time pet owner than a bottle of cat urine scent remover and a comprehensive article on why cats sometimes go outside of their litter boxes, should they encounter this kind of behavior.

Moreover, you don’t want your friend to be an "okay-ish" pet owner; you want them to be a great pet owner! Arming them with the knowledge to make their cat’s home and life fantastic could be exactly what your friend, and their kitty, needs.

woman holding a black cat

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