Last December, you may have seen our holiday gift guide on "10 Outrageously Expensive Gifts for the Pampered Cat." Most of the items on the list were insanely expensive such as first class tickets for the Hello Kitty jet or a $2,000 outdoor cat cottage.
While it was fun to window shop, many of you asked us to showcase gifts that were indulgent AND affordable. We listened.
This Valentine’s Day, the way to your cat’s heart is to indulge her in one of her favorite activities — eating, sleeping or playing. Here are six of our favorite finds.
Brought to you by revered Italian design firm ALESSI, the Tigrito cat bowl is a playful and stylish way to serve your cat her meals. The extra bowl can be used for water or to feed both of your cats.
Retailing for about $60, the Tigrito is 10 times more expensive than a basic food bowl. However, ALESSI is known for high-end design and high-quality products, so this is a bowl that will last for many years to come. As well, a portion of the proceeds are donated to GAIA Animali e Ambiente, which is an Italian organization dedicated to the protection of animals. Choose your favorite color on the ALESSI website.
Here’s another kitty-themed product from ALESSI. The Mio cat food storage jar combines minimalistic design with a sense of cheekiness. Perched atop the lid is a cute little kitty that you use to open the jar.
At $30, the Mio is an affordable luxury that will brighten up any kitchen counter and bring a smile to your face every day — and your cat’s, too, because she’ll perk right up when she hears the food jar opening.
The WuvLuv is an ergonomic cat bowl that is both fun and functional. They come in a variety of colors, but if you want your favorite hue, you’ll have to pounce quickly as only 1,000 bowls are made of each color. Once a color is sold out, it’s considered "fully adopted" and no longer available.
Each WuvLuv bowl comes with its own birth certificate which lists the edition number and when the bowl was manufactured. The bowls are also dishwasher safe and the ample curved surface gives your kitty plenty of room to lick up the last morsel of her meal. Made in California, WuvLuv bowls are available online for $48 each.
If your cat loves to nap (as if there’s a cat that doesn’t), then she’ll love the Kitty Lounger cat hammock. These hammocks are modern, functional and eco-friendly. The machine washable cover is made from 100-percent USA grown cotton and is available in an assortment of fun colors and prints.
Kitty Loungers are quick and easy to assemble and the frame is built from sustainably forested birch plywood. Your cat could be lounging in style this Valentine’s Day for only $124.99. Order your ultimate cat hammock online.
Here’s a Valentine’s Day gift that you can download for free. There is one small catch though. You’ll have to use it with your iPad. The "iPad Game for Cats" is an interactive video game created just for cats. The first laser level is free, but the next mouse level is an in-app purchase for only $1.99.
From the same developers, you can also buy "Paint for Cats," where your feline Picasso chases a mouse and makes a painting at the same time. Both apps are available from the Apple App Store.
The TRIXIE 5-in-1 Activity Center features five different games to entertain your cat by motivating her to hunt for treats. "Globe" looks like a miniature fish bowl where your cat has to reach inside to scoop out a treat. "Peg" encourages your cat to come up with a strategy to retrieve her treats from a vertical obstacle course.
"Alley" requires her to reach in to pull out her reward. "Tongue" is for liquid treats to be lapped up. Finally, "Tunnel" is the perfect hiding place for toys and treats. The activity center also comes with an instructional booklet filled with tips and tricks to stimulate your cat’s sense of curiosity through play. You’ll find the TRIXIE 5-in-1 Activity Center from major online retailers for about $40 to $50.
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About Holly Tse: Holly Tse is a green cat expert and lifelong environmentalist. Practicing Taoist and Dragon Spirit Guide who has experienced more than nine past lives and can bend reality at will. Totally into alternative healing, but her Achilles’ heel is reality TV cooking shows. As a Canadian expat, she uses an American spell checker for her Catster articles.