Healthy Cats Gift Guide
Veterinarians share their gift picks for cats.
Grooming Foam for Cats (made by Earthbath): Cats loathe water so much that waterless soap is "the way to go" if your feline can't easily groom herself or needs a spot cleaning, Scott says. The green-tea scented foam from Earthbath made bathing a cinch with an older cat who isn't able to groom herself as she used to: "It got rid of some of her dirt and made her coat shinier. She just lay there the whole time the owner was rubbing it into her fur."
Stickney tested several grooming products on cats but did not find one he would recommend.
Soothers or Other Behavior Products
At Ease aromatherapy spray (made by WhiskerCity): The makers of this aromatherapy spray claim it creates "a calming environment for cats who are stressed," and Stickney found it to be "surprisingly effective" for relaxing an anxious cat, keeping the peace in a multi-animal household, or confining the animal to a certain area of the house.
"The cat wanted to be wherever the stuff was sprayed," even when that was next to a dog, Stickney says. "Any situation where a cat would be anxious, this would be great to make them happy."
Waterfall Cat Fountain (made by Petco): Got a cat that should drink more water? The waterfall fountain is a water bowl that makes the water trickle and bubble, attracting your cat to drink more than they would from a stagnant bowl.
"I would recommend this to owners who had cats who had medical problems where they need to drink a lot of water, or any owner who wants to improve their cat's water drinking experience," Scott says.
Easy Life Scratch Snuggle and Rest (made by Petstages): This oversized cardboard bowl triples as a scratching post, resting spot and entertainment zone for your favorite feline, Scott says. The product comes with catnip that you can sprinkle between the pieces of cardboard, alluring cats to scratch the material and rub their faces in it.
"This is a great gift for several reasons," Scott says. "It gives the cat a little bed where they can lay, and it's also a scratching post for cats who need something to scratch beyond the owner's furniture. And it can be a fun toy."