Christmas is a time for family and friends, whether of the footed or furred variety! It can also be a time of great swathes of wrapping paper, plastic waste and unwanted presents making their way toward landfills. Though the wrapping paper is probably your cat’s favorite part of the whole shebang, sometimes you’ve gotta put our mother earth first. So, in keeping with the pine-green spirit of Christmas, here are a bunch of gift ideas for you and your cat, that also tread lightly on the earth.
Leading the pack is this book of wonders that teaches you how to create your own cat toys at home, from things you’d normally have around the house. It’s the perfect holiday gift as it means interesting projects for the cat-parent, as well as resulting in super-fun toys for the cat! The tag line for this book is ‘Saving The Planet One Cat Toy At A Time’, which is just an irresistible concept! It also contains tips on being an eco-friendly cat owner, so it would be great for someone with a new cat or kitten, to help them see how green they can still be!
Not only is this rug from a group called ‘SnugglyCat’, which is just adorable, but it’s also just a fan-flipping-tastic idea. It has endless variations, as all you need to do to mix it up is lift up the top sheet, wiggle it around a bit and lay it back down. Then, voila! A whole new scratch-mat playground with hidey-holes and peek-a-boo tunnels. The mat is made from 100% recycled bottles, so it’s doing its part for the planet. Great even for nervous cats as the tunnels and holes allow for hiding spaces, while for adventurous cats, these make for a perfect festive playground.
We all know cats love a bit of catnip, but have you ever heard of silvervine? It contains two cat attractants, to catnip’s lowly one, so chances are your cat will respond even more strongly to these sticks. They’re chewable and work like a toothbrush, helping to prevent the buildup of plaque. They’re made simply from the Matatabi silvervine, so are entirely biodegradable. The makers recommend using these no more than three times a week, so the package you get will last a while (don’t blow them all on Christmas Day!). Just be sure to keep them sealed in the bag they come in, to prevent them from losing potency. And rest assured, silvervine, like catnip, is non-toxic and non-addictive.
An alternative to chunky plastic litter trays, this one is made from bamboo and rice husks, making it completely sustainable. It has high, curved-in sides to prevent litter escaping out the sides. The top is detachable to allow for easier cleaning too. Its neutral colors mean it looks good in any home and you’ll know you’re helping to ensure a Meowy Christmas!
This festive season, treat your cat (or someone else’s) to a new house! These heavy-duty corrugated cardboard cubes and bridges stack together in any which way you like to create a one-of-a-kind playground and exploration area. They can be re-stacked and changed around as often as you want, ensuring ongoing mental and physical stimulation for any kitty. They’re also great just as cat towers or hidey-holes, fulfilling many feline needs!
Let kitty get its claws out! These scratch boards are versatile and easy to place around the house to distract from the fun-looking arm of the sofa! Tucker Murphy Pet, who make these, have a range of shapes and sizes to suit any home. They’re made from planet-friendly ingredients and come infused with catnip to really make sure your cat has a good time! No eggnog required!
Did someone say 100% recycled cardboard? Excellent. This is what the mystical, magical pyramid cat home is made from. It’s a funky take on the cat bed/cat cave, with purported energy improving powers. It’s acrylic coated, so it’s easy to wipe clean, which makes it a user-friendly gift for your favorite cat-lover! Cats love having somewhere they can hide away, without fear of being picked up or pulled out. Make this a no-hands zone and sanctuary to help keep that cat chilled and happy. For the crafty among us, it involves some assembly. For the non-crafty among us, that assembly is super easy. Win-win! Bonus points if you add a homemade star on top, for that extra festive-feel!
As much as we love their adorable little paws and cute whiskers, there’s no escaping the fact that, for an indoor cat owner, some aspects of kitty-care aren’t the most pleasant. Luckily, to keep the house smelling like pine and nutmeg this Christmas, rather than… ahem… something else, there’s this all-natural deodorizer that can be added to the litter. Completely non-toxic to cats, this product is also biodegradable. It’s safe for use with all litters, including flushable types. Between this, #4 and #10, clean up time will be a breeze!
This is just very cool and I want one for my house immediately! What this does is turn fish waste into plant fuel for the small herb garden, filled with plants like catnip and valerian, of course, that sits on top of a 10-liter fish tank. The fish, having been fed, produce manure. This can make a tank awfully grimy awfully quickly. But with AquaSprouts, the plant roots utilize the manure for food, helping them to grow and cleaning the tank in the process. See? Very cool. So not only can your cats have a festive morning watching the fish swim about, they can also have a great afternoon on the ‘nip!
Christmas is but once a year, but a gift that can go the distance is a subscription. TofuKitty makes plant-based biodegradable and flushable kitty litter. Its remarkable absorbency means one bag (that you get in the mail each month) lasts you until the next delivery. You will need more if you have more than one cat, naturally, but the site takes you through the steps to work out the perfect amount for you and your pets. Or your sister and her cats. Or your dad and his kitty!
Treat yourself and your loved ones this Christmas, with presents that won’t cost the earth, in more ways than one. These green gift ideas for cat lovers will have you on Mother Earth and Father Christmas’s nice lists, as well as in the all-important good-graces of your nearest and dearest Santa Claws. A very meowy Cat-mas to you all!