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10 Eco-Friendly Gifts for Cats and Their People

If you'd like to go easy on the environment while going big on a cat, we've got you covered.

 |  Dec 7th 2012  |   1 Contribution


If you’re on the prowl for eco-friendly gifts for the cats and cat lovers in your life, here’s our top-ten list for the holiday season. You’ll find a cornucopia of ideas to suit almost any budget and delight even the most finicky of felines.

1. Scratch 'n Shapes Scratchers

Regardless of whether your cat’s been naughty or nice, Santa can pay a visit to your home with these holiday-themed scratchers from Imperial Cat. Choose from four festive designs, including a reindeer, sleigh, Christmas tree, and the North Pole Express.

The scratchers are made in the USA from 100 percent post-consumer recycled materials and can be recycled after use.  

2. Kitten Mitten organic cat toy

Even if it’s frosty outside, your favorite feline will feel warm and cozy with Purrfect Play’s organic Kitten Mitten. This soft cat toy features an organic fleece outer covering and an inner mitten made of organic canvas for extra durability.

Cats definitely won’t lose these mittens because each mitten is stuffed to the brim with a half-cup of fresh organic catnip.

Purrfect Play also offers a variety of cat toys made in the USA, including snakes, mice and baby carrots. 

3. Ho Ho Hairball 

If you’re in search for a awesome stocking stuffer, look no further than the Ho Ho Hairball from West Paw Design. This fuzzy cat toy is a ball of fun topped with a festive Santa hat.

Because it’s filled with USDA-certified organic catnip, your biggest holiday challenge will be keeping it under wraps until Christmas Day.

4. As-purr-agus cat toy

Got a tree-hugging, cat-loving foodie to shop for? The As-purr-agus from Cat Faeries may be just what you’re looking for. This foot-long cat toy is made in the USA with responsibly wild-crafted catnip.

It’s also a gift that keeps on giving, as Cat Faeries donates 1 percent of total sales to cat rescue groups, shelters, and feral cat colony managers.  

5. Fortune Cookie cat toy gift set 

Find out what the new year has in store for your lucky cat with Jake & Micah's fortune cookie Chinese takeout box. Each box contains three handcrafted cat toys. The cookies are made with premium organic catnip and also come with kitty-themed fortunes inside.

6. Catty Stacks 

Catty Stacks elevate the basic cardboard box into a gift that has cats jumping for joy. These modular boxes can be joined together in a variety of ways to create custom kitty condos and climbing gyms. 

Catty Stacks are made from recycled cardboard and come in an array of colors derived from vegetable-based inks. 

7. Joe Jacket reusable coffee cup sleeve

The Joe Jacket is a reusable beverage sleeve that features fun and whimsical feline and paw-print designs. The custom cat print neoprene fabric insulates hot cups, ceramic and steel tumblers, and cold drinks, including plastic tumblers and sports drinks.

Joe Jackets fold flat for convenient storage and help save landfills from billions of pounds of trash produced by traditional throwaway paper cup sleeves. 

8. Make Your Own Cat Toys 

Here’s the purrfect gift for eco-conscious cat lovers who are in search of more ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle. This fun and cheeky book features more than 50 cat toys that can be made in minutes from old stuff lying around your home. I should know -- I wrote it! 

As the author of Make Your Own Cat Toys, I have to warn you that with all the toy ideas inside this book, your cat might start looking in the recycling bin for presents instead of under the Christmas tree.  

 9. Cat-themed Liberty water bottles 

Help put an end to disposable water bottles by giving the gift of a cat-themed Liberty Bottleworks water bottle. Made of 100-percent super-strong recycled aluminum, this BPA-free water bottle comes in 24- and 32-ounce sizes. It’s a great gift for active cat lovers, as it features an easy quarter-turn open/close cap and a tapered neck for splash free drinking. 

You can also customize your gift: Choose from 13 colors and add a personal name printed on the side of the bottle.

10. Kitty’s Garden 

For the discerning eco-minded cat, Petco offers Kitty’s Garden. It’s a vintage-inspired wooden box with areas to grow fresh grass, including 100-percent organic oats, wheat, rye and barley.

While your kitty is nibbling some greens, she’ll also be going green. The box can be used again and again, as refills are available to restock your kitty’s green pantry.

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