Gift-giving to Cats: Why it is Worthwhile
It may seem pointless to give a gift to your cat because they cannot express, in the same way as we do, whether or not they appreciate our gift or whether they want one at all. However, the fact that your cat will often bring you gifts in the form of a dead bird or mouse surely points to the fact that they do understand the principles behind gift-giving. They understand what it is to reciprocate, to give something back in return for all the love and care you give them. In addition to giving your cat love and care, when you give them a gift you are communicating to them your unconditional love as well as giving them attention and focus. Your cat will undoubtedly pick up on your display of affection and feel further happiness and contentment. So the next step is to think of what to give them. Here are some suggestions.
Top Ten Gifts for Cats
The most favoured gift that cats appreciate is edible treats. Treats are in addition to their meals and are offered in small portions when you feel your cat is in need of some reward. You may want to give your cat the treat when you come home from work or a day away.
Cats love catnip, otherwise referred to as cat mint. You may want to grow some and then plant it in a small section of your garden dedicated to your cat. Beware, some cats get obsessed with the herb and destroy it. If you do not have a garden, you may want to leave a pot of catmint on a window sill.
Toys with catnip are also very popular with cats. You can simply make one by sewing two pieces of cloth together and studding it full of catnip. You could also buy a toy that contains catnip.
Cats also like to chase pieces of string or ribbon and so you do not have to go out of your way to spend too much n your cat just to please him or her. Ribbons left over from parties and presents will do just fine. This may not seem like a gift to you but the hours of entertainment it will give your cat certainly warrants it a gift in this respect.
Another ideal cat gift is a bought or hand-made fishing rod. The handle makes it easier for you to avoid getting scratched as your cat tries to catch the fluffy toy attached to the end of the string.
Bringing a feather back from a walk in the park is also a good gift to give to cats. Cats may chew the feather or chase it. If you let it fall from a high enough position it will make a swirling movement that keeps your cat entertained.
If you do happen to be on a beach and find round objects such as sea balls or small sea sponges, then this also makes a good gift. Cats like to kick these light balls around the room.
Finding cardboard boxes for your cats to play in is also a worthwhile gift. They may want to use it to sleep in, if it is big enough, or play in. Either way, it will be appreciated.
Cats often seem to decide for themselves where they want to sleep. Many cat owners go out and buy expensive baskets for them to sleep in that they just tend to ignore. However, if the basket has some catnip in it, they may change their mind. They may then discover exactly how comfortable it is compared to the window sill.
Building a cat play area with climbing trees, boxes and tunnels is the ultimate gift for your cat. This area will be fully appreciated and your cat will spend many fun hours hiding and climbing around.
Little Expense for a Great Deal of Fun
These are just some ideas of gifts for cats. As you can see, you do not have to spend any money to get their appreciation. Objects that may seem ordinary to us can cause a great deal of fun for cats. If you prefer to buy your cat gifts that is also alright. This way, you know that the gift it designed and tested specifically for your cat’s entertainment.