11 Thoughtful Gifts for People Who Love Cats

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Some cat lovers would say that owning a feline is gift enough. For others, you may want to consider supplementing with some toys, novelties, and utilities that can help human and cat strengthen their bond. Check out some of our purrfect gift suggestions for the floof wrangler in your life.

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1. K&H Pet Products Outdoor Kitty House

A cat sits inside a K&H heated cat house
Amazon

For cats who like to roam outdoors in the winter months, this cat crib is a perfect shelter against the elements. Flap-style doors and a heating element keep them warm and a Velcro-assisted frame makes assembly easy. We make no guarantee, however, that the cat won’t just sit on top of it.

Find It at Amazon for $32 and also at these other retailers:

2. The Ultimate Scratching Post

A front view of a SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post
Amazon

Not all scratching posts are created equal. The SmartCat post is a towering 32 inches so cats can get in a full stretch while they satisfy their urge to dig their claws into the fibers and not the couch. A 16-inch base helps protect against tipping.

Find It at Amazon for $42.

3. Grreat Choice Hash Cuddler Pet Bed Gift Set

A pillow and blanket sit inside a Grreat Choice Hash Cuddler pet bed
PetSmart

If there’s one thing cats don’t get enough of, it’s sleep. Encourage them to take some downtime with this ultra-plush bed gift package, which includes a matching blanket and pillow.

Find It at PetSmart for $28.

4. Aspen Pet Self-Warming Bed

A front view of the Aspen self-warming pet bed
Amazon

For cats in drafty houses, consider warming up their naps with this self-insulating bed that uses a pet’s own body heat to provide warmth. Raised and bolstered edges help cats settle in for a cozy burrowing session.

Find It at Amazon for $20 and also at these other retailers:

5. Petcube Bites Pet Camera With Treat Dispenser

A look at the Petcube Bites pet camera with treat dispenser
Amazon

You can help cat owners spending time away from home keep tabs on their troublesome furball with this camera that doubles as a treat dispenser. The device lets owners peer in on their cat’s activities via a cell phone app and also allows them to fling treats from up to six feet away.

Find It at Amazon for $229 and also at these other retailers:

6. Wellness Kittles Grain-Free Turkey & Cranberries Holiday Recipe Crunchy Cat Treats

A look at the Wellness Kittles cat treats
Amazon

As tempting as it might be to slip your cat some holiday meal leftovers, you never know what those finicky types will wind up vomiting on the place setting. Keep it simple and safe with these turkey and cranberry-flavored treats made from real turkey meat.

Find It at Chewy for $2.

7. Petsafe Zoom Rotating Laser Cat Toy

A cat plays with the PetSafe Zoom laser cat toy
Amazon

Know someone who gets tired of playing with a laser pointer before their cat does? Check out the PetSafe automated laser game, which projects that maddening tiny red dot in a 360-degree pattern. Twin lasers can help keep two cats busy at once.

Find It at Amazon for $20 and also at these other retailers:

8. Petlinks Mystery Motion Concealed Electronic Motion Cat Toy

A look at the PetLinks Mystery Motion cat toy
PetSmart

If there’s one thing cats love and owners hate, it’s mutilated rat and bird carcasses. Satisfy a cat’s need to corner hapless prey with this motorized toy that mimics an elusive target. A feather tip moves in erratic patterns under a cloth, providing stimulation and physical exercise.

Find It at PetSmart for $26.

9. DJ Cat Scratching Pad

A cat uses the DJ Cat scratching pad
Uncommon Goods

Raise the roof with this scratching pad that should amuse cats and their owners alike. The “turntable” moves as a cat kneads its paws, giving the impression DJ Fluffy is kicking out some sick beats.

Find It at Uncommon Goods for $35 and also at these other retailers:

10. Purina® TIDY CATS® BREEZE® Cat Litter Box System

A look at the Purina Tidy Cats Breeze litter box
Purina

If you can identify a cat owner’s house by its smell, it might be time to help them rethink their litter box approach. The Purina Tidy Cats Breeze uses pellets that allow urine to pass through the litter and into a disposable absorbent pad to trap odors.

Find It at PetSmart for $33.

11. Cats On Catnip Book

A look at the 'Cats on Catnip' book from Running Press
Running Press

Cat owners will revel in this photograph collection of cats tripping out on their recreational nip of choice. Free of their inhibitions, these felines cut loose in a series of candid freak-out sessions.

Find It at Amazon for $13.

These Modern, Minimalist Cremation Urns Double as Planters

C.C. Boyce
C.C. Boyce

Cremation is becoming an increasingly common end-of-life plan, but many have lamented the lack of options when selecting an urn to store their loved one's ashes. Many of these vessels take the form of drab-looking vases that, for some people, serve as reminders of a painful event.

That’s why C.C. Boyce stepped in. The Los Angeles-based designer and woodworker created a collection of “planturns”—urns that double as planters—to fill a gap in the market.

“A while back a friend’s father passed away and they couldn’t find a cremation urn that they liked, so they asked me to make something, and I did, thinking this would just be a one-off custom job,” Boyce said in a video uploaded to Kickstarter. “But when I posted the final product to Instagram, I was flooded with messages from people all across the death care industry—people who took care of pets as well as people.”

Plant urns
C.C. Boyce

Some wanted an urn with a more modern aesthetic, while others wanted a subtler piece that would effortlessly blend with their household decor. The symbolism of death fusing with new life has not gone unnoticed, either.

Boyce spent a year experimenting with different designs and settled on two styles: one that comes in speckled maple, and another that comes in a two-toned walnut and sycamore. All of the vessels have two parts that attach via magnetic pull, so even if the planturn gets knocked over, the ashes will still be safe and sound.

The bottom part contains a hand-waxed muslin bag to store your loved one’s cremated remains, and the top part features a glass or ceramic holder for your plant of choice, whether it’s a succulent or air plant.

They come in three sizes, which will vary in accordance with the amount of ashes you want to store. A small planturn is suitable for small pets, while a large can hold the ashes of a person. Get it on Kickstarter for $225 to $500, depending on the size.

Celebrate Earth Day With 7 Eco-Friendly Fashion Options That Won't Pollute the Planet

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Fashion is one of Earth’s most resource-intensive, environment-polluting industries. Manufacturing clothing requires vast quantities of water, international transport, and labor—and after all that, clothes regularly get thrown away after just a few months or years. (In part because recycling fabric into new textiles is very difficult.)

But that doesn’t mean that you need to become a nudist in order to save the Earth. There are plenty of clothing companies that take their environmental impact very seriously, using recycled and organic materials and trying to minimize the carbon footprint of their supply chain and manufacturing process. This Earth Day, take a look at some of the clothing that allows you to feel good about looking good.

1. Ralph Lauren Earth Polo

While it’s easier to find eco-friendly clothing at outdoor and sporting retailers, some mainstream fashion companies are getting in on the trend, too. Ralph Lauren just launched its first polo shirt made of recycled material—the Earth Polo. Available for both men and women in four different colors, the shirts are made with fabric derived from plastic bottles. Though they look nearly identical to the company’s regular styles, each Earth Polo is made from approximately 12 recycled plastic bottles. And to reduce water pollution, the colored fabrics are dyed with a process that requires no water.

Buy it from Ralph Lauren for men and women for $90.

2. Madewell Second Wave Swimwear

Madewell launched its first sustainable swimwear line in February 2019, meaning that you can feel a little less guilty about ocean trash while frolicking at the beach. Made from recycled plastic bottles, Second Wave swimsuits are available in two-piece or one-piece designs in a variety of colors and patterns. According to the company, the one-piece suits incorporate material from eight used plastic bottles, while its separates are each made from two plastic bottles. (In other words, if you want to save the environment, cover up!) We like the simplicity of this $80 red one-piece suit, but there are plenty of options to choose from starting at $45 per piece. Sizes run from XX small to 3X.

Buy it at Madewell for $45 and up.

3. PrAna Shirts

The California-based clothing company prAna is all about sustainability, from its materials to its manufacturing to the composting program at its headquarters. It makes pieces with organic and recycled materials and participates in fair trade and bluesign certification. You can filter items in its online store based on whether it’s made with recycled content, and there’s a lot to choose from, whether you’re looking for something to wear to the office, the beach, or yoga class. The Iselle t-shirt line for women is made with 92 percent recycled polyester and 8 percent hemp (which requires fewer pesticides and less water to produce than cotton), and comes in short-sleeve (left), long-sleeve, and tank designs. For men, the Transverse line of shirts is made with 95 percent recycled polyester and 5 percent hemp. There are also dressier options—the Merger button-down shirts (right) are made with 44 percent recycled polyester, 53 percent hemp, and 3 percent spandex.

Buy it from prAna.

4. Patagonia Stretch Rainshadow Jacket

A navy blue Patagonia jacket
Patagonia, Backcountry.com

Patagonia’s Rainshadow jackets are designed to keep you dry but cool during summer showers or while you’re working hard. The latest version of the design—which is fully waterproof but still breathable—is made with ECONYL, a recycled nylon made from discarded materials like abandoned fishing nets. ECONYL’s manufacturer estimates that the material reduces the climate change-related impact of nylon by up to 80 percent compared to new construction made from oil.

Buy it from Backcountry.com for men and women for $200.

5. Mammut Convey Recycled Down Jacket

Down-filled jackets are a reliable way to stay toasty during the cold months, but you may worry about the impact your outdoor adventures have on the ducks and geese that serve as the source for your jacket’s filling. Many outdoor retailers are switching to recycled down, which repurposes down from used bedding, cushions, and other items that would otherwise end up in the landfill. Mammut’s Convey is one of the best puffy jackets for cold weather, according to Popular Mechanics, and its 700 fill down comes from recycled sources.

Buy it from Mammut for men and women for $200.

6. Decathlon Fleece

Decathlon, a French mega-retailer that’s essentially the IKEA of sporting goods, makes a number of jackets, shirts, and pants using recycled polyester and other eco-friendly materials. (It’s also dedicated to reducing any unnecessary packaging.) The company just launched its first U.S. store in the Bay Area, and is rolling out its online store nationwide. If you’re looking for gear made with recycled materials, head to the fleece department—it its lightweight Forclaz 50 fleece jackets are made with 100 percent recycled polyester. The company also manufactures plenty of warm-weather gear with recycled materials, too, like its TREK 500 t-shirts (available for men and women) and flip-flops, all made with a majority, if not 100 percent, recycled materials. Oh, and did we mention that everything is dirt cheap?

Buy Forclaz 50 fleece jackets from Decathlon for both men and women for $5.

7. Pacsafe ECONYL Backpack

Recycled fabric isn’t just for clothing. A number of retailers also use sustainable textiles to make accessories. Pacsafe, which makes secure bags designed to keep your stuff from getting snatched while you’re traveling, makes a line of anti-theft bags designed with ECONYL regenerated nylon. The carry-on backpack has all the same security features as the company’s other products—cut-resistant straps and fabric, locking clips and zippers, and more—but it’s made with recycled materials. And all the profits from the line go to the Turtle Fund, the company’s conservation effort aimed at helping endangered sea turtles.

Buy it from Pacsafe for $130.

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