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20 Purrfect Products for Cats and Their Humans

Here are a few things that you can buy to show your feline pride—and spoil that special kitten in your life.

1. Cat Wheel, $249

Sure, a wheel for cats might seem ridiculous—what are they, hamsters?!—but indoor kitties need exercise, too. The wheel comes in four colors, so you can pick which one works best with your decor. We also suggest buying a GoPro to capture video of your cat on the wheel.

Buy on Amazon

2. Crafting with Cat Hair, $9

These adorable projects require just two things: A little time, and a lot of cat fur. Better it be a cute finger puppet than gathering in the corners of your apartment!

Buy on Amazon

3. Catnip Bubbles, $10

These bubbles are made from catnip oil and are sure to drive your kitten crazy.

Buy on Amazon

4. Purr Our Conversation Sweatshirt, $50

You don’t need anyone to ask for you to launch into a monologue about your cat (that happens regularly!), but this sweatshirt is great anyway.

Buy on Modcloth

5. Da Bird, $10

This toy is just a rod, a long string, and feathers, but cats go nuts for it—those feathers are configured in a way that mimics the flight of real birds. 

Buy on Amazon

6. Keyboard Cat Moon T-shirt, $17

Guys love cats, too—and they can show it by wearing this t-shirt featuring one of the very first Internet Famous felines.

Buy on Amazon

7. Feline Tree House, $800

It looks like an actual tree! And, yes, is totally sold in a Skymall catalogue.

Buy on SkyMall

8. How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity, $9

If you’re going to be buying $800 furniture for your feline, he’s going to have to start earning his keep. This book will show you how to make him the next big thing on the ‘net.

Buy on Amazon

9. Crazy Pants Cat Tunnel, $14

There are weird cat products, and then there are cat tunnels that look like pants. This one is for the cat who has everything.

Buy on Amazon

10. Cat Oven Mitt, $10

When dish towels with kitties on them just isn't enough cat in your kitchen, get this feline-shaped oven mitt.

Buy on Amazon

11. Catty Stacks $20/two pack

If your cat is like any other cat, he loves boxes. And sure, you could just save all your old shipping boxes but these colorful, modular options make that pile of cardboard a little more structured and a little more stylish.

Buy on Amazon

12. Crazy Cat Lady Board Game, $20

There's a board game for almost everything, so why shouldn't crazy cat ladies get one?

Buy on Amazon

13. Cat Cave $45

There's something very funny about your cat's hiding place looking like a mouse.

Buy on Amazon

14. Crossbody Cat Bag, $39

You can either buy a pre-made cat bag from this Etsy seller, or you can ask him to make a bag featuring your cat's face!

Buy on Etsy

15. Silhouette Cat Shelves, $335

So meta!

Buy on Amazon

16. Cats Art Print, $18

Cats, like the moon, are mysterious, aloof and—even when you can't see them—probably orbiting around you somewhere.

Buy on Society6

17. Cat Hat, $15

Fashion: not just for people!

Buy on Etsy

18. Cat Smartphone Stand, $14

For the tech-savvy feline aficionado in your life.

Buy on Amazon

19. Sushi Cat Toys, $25

This catnip-seasoned faux sushi looks good enough to eat, and your cat will be chewing on it for sure.

Buy on Etsy

20. Up Your Alley Cat Flat, $59.99

These flats add just the right hint of quirk to your outfit. For a cat lady with style.

Buy on ModCloth

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Bleat Along to Classic Holiday Tunes With This Goat Christmas Album
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Feeling a little Grinchy this month? The Sweden branch of ActionAid, an international charity dedicated to fighting global poverty, wants to goat—errr ... goad—you into the Christmas spirit with their animal-focused holiday album: All I Want for Christmas is a Goat.

Fittingly, it features the shriek-filled vocal stylings of a group of festive farm animals bleating out classics like “Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.” The recording may sound like a silly novelty release, but there's a serious cause behind it: It’s intended to remind listeners how the animals benefit impoverished communities. Goats can live in arid nations that are too dry for farming, and they provide their owners with milk and wool. In fact, the only thing they can't seem to do is, well, sing. 

You can purchase All I Want for Christmas is a Goat on iTunes and Spotify, or listen to a few songs from its eight-track selection below.

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If You Want Your Cat to Poop Out More Hairballs, Try Feeding It Beets
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Have you ever wondered if there’s a way to get your cat to poop out its hairballs instead of hacking them up? If so, you’re likely a seasoned cat owner whose tolerance for gross stuff has reached the point of no return. Luckily, there may be an easy way to get your cat to dispose of hairballs in the litter box instead of on your carpet, according to one study.

The paper, published in the Journal of Physiology and Animal Nutrition, followed the diets of 18 mixed-breed short-haired cats over a month. Some cats were fed straight kibble, while others were given helpings of beet pulp along with their regular meals. The researchers suspected that beets, a good source of fiber, would help move any ingested hair through the cats’ digestive systems, thus preventing it from coming back up the way it went in. Following the experiment, they found that the cats with the beet diet did indeed poop more.

The scientists didn’t measure how many hairballs the cats were coughing up during this period, so it's possible that pooping out more of them didn’t stop cats from puking them up at the same rate. But considering hairballs are a matter of digestive health, more regular bowel movements likely reduced the chance that cats would barf them up. The cat body is equipped to process large amounts of hair: According to experts, healthy cats should only be hacking hairballs once or twice a year.

If you find them around your home more frequently than that, it's a good idea to up your cat's fiber intake. Raw beet pulp is just one way to introduce fiber into your pet's diet; certain supplements for cats work just as well and actually contain beet pulp as a fiber source. Stephanie Liff, a veterinarian at Pure Paws Veterinary Care in New York, recommends psyllium powder to her patients. Another option for dealing with hairballs is the vegetable-oil based digestive lubricant Laxatone: According to Dr. Liff, this can "help to move hairballs in the correct direction."

[h/t Discover]

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