Guest Post: Practical Gift Ideas for a Cat’s Birthday Party

Hi everyone,

Today’s guest post comes from Melianie Cho on the topic of Practical Gift Ideas for a Cat’s Birthday Party.


Birthday parties are always fun; more so, if it’s a pet’s birthday party. If you have been invited to your friend’s pet cat’s birthday party and still have been unable to decide what gifts to buy for the pet, here are a few ideas to help you out with your predicament.

1. Cat Scratcher

Cats continuously need to scratch with their claws. An ideal gift to a pet cat for their birthday would be convenient cat scratchers that can be used by the cat to lounge and scratch on. You can get them in a variety of colors.

Cat Scratcher

2. Pet Fountain

Pet fountains are practical and healthy gifts for a cat. Not only do they promote your pet’s health by encouraging them to drink more, they also keep the water clean by continuously producing a free flowing stream of water that often passes through a charcoal filter to catch pet hair, bad tastes and odor.

Pet Fountain

3. ID Tags

Another clever gift for your cat would be engraved and classy ID tags. This ensures that cats are returned to the owner if lost and also makes a sassy feline fashion statement. Though we of course still recommend to microchip your cat!

ID Tags

4. Cat Treats

Cats love getting yummy treats. An ideal gift for a cat would be a box of cat biscuits or chicken or seafood treats. These healthy knick knacks are sure to keep cats satisfied and happy.

5. Customized Treat Jar

Another great gift for a cat can be their own personalized air tight jar to store treats and keep them crispy and fresh. You can have their names etched on the jar and have them decorated to give a more feline feel to them.

Cat Treat Jar

6. Thermal Cushion

In those dreary cold winter days, cats yearn to sit on a warm cozy surface. A thermal cushion is a perfect gift for cats that hate the cold. The cushion does not need electricity and has self-warming ability, whereby it reflects the heat of the cat’s body back, keeping the feline warm and comfortable. The cushions are machine washable and an ideal lounger for cats.

Thermal Cushion

7. Soft Toy

If your friend leaves their cat home alone all day, you can gift the pet a soft toy to snuggle with when it’s lonely. The cat can enjoy playing with the soft toy and can gain a sense of comfort from it as well.

Cat Soft Toy

8. Self-Cleaning Litter Box

A self-cleaning litter box is a very practical gift to keep a cat clean and healthy. It’s a great way to control odors and minimize the cleaning effort required. Also, cat owners don’t need to get their hands dirty while cleaning the litter box.

Self-Cleaning Litter Box

9. Scrunchy Ball

For those cats that love to chew on everything, scrunchy balls can fulfill this desire well. They are soft, light and extremely fun to play with. Cats will have a good time with one of these.

Scrunch Ball

Now that you have so many practical gift ideas, what are you going to buy for the cat’s birthday party? Check out specials at

Author Bio:
Melanie reviews pet products for When not shortlisting pet-friendly items, she can be found in front of her laptop putting together helpful guides for fellow pet owners. At home, Melanie is a dedicated mom for her three bossy, but adorable, cats.

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43 thoughts on “Guest Post: Practical Gift Ideas for a Cat’s Birthday Party

  1. soupsloth says:

    Thank you, this was very helpful. Each year, we end up getting Rosie and Jim pointless presents for little reason other than it’s their birthday. We have a big box of toys for them, but Rosie chooses to roll about attacking the rug – or a piece of paper. I’ve realised, at the end if the day, whatever I give her, she will ALWAYS prefer the box it comes in:)
    There are some good ideas here though, hopefully I can make this year a more practical birthday – although we did well last year with a laser pointer for Jim and a pop up tunnel for Rosie (as well as a special meal – someone found me a cat cookery book!) Ah, sorry, this has ended up rather long, I got carried away:)

    • Marc-André says:

      Haha no worries. :). And I know what you mean! We always end up with loads of spare toys too. But what we do is pass them on to friends cats or a cat shelter 😀

      • soupsloth says:

        That is a very good idea! Our problem is people keep on meeting them and then falling in love and bringing cat toys? Jim would argue against that being a problem though!

  2. abbicat says:

    Trinket here…I took over after Abbi went to snuggle. I must say I prefer the twist ties from a loaf of bread, but Abbi will love some of these suggestions. Grumpy Bugsy might too! Tonic (puke) can’t quit playing with his tail or stealing food long enough to enjoy most of these ideas! I want one of those fountains and the RED scratcher…and the awesome pillows…and…and…

  3. franhunne4u says:

    Birthday parties for a cat? – Sorry, not my cup of tea. That is a surfire way to humanize your cat – not a good idea. A cat is a cat is a cat. It loves the fact that it is born. It likes getting “new” things now and then. It likes treats. But the whole concept of birthday is rather for the human staff.

    • Marc-André says:

      That is very true! I just liked the idea of more practical things for those that like to celebrate their cat birthday hehe. The only thing we celebrate with our two is Christmas because I got a cute fish stocking sock 😀

  4. Léa says:

    Pablo’s favourite toys to date are my purse, book bag and shopping back which he scales and then hides in. It is his jungle gym. As for cuddling, he likes to wrap himself around my neck which is a bit much for now but could be great in the winter… 😉

  5. greg1948 says:

    I got short changed! No treat jar. No thermal cushion. I have a litter box that is automatically cleaned for me by humans–do not need a machine for that. I hate collars! I will start to work on my Christmas list!

  6. natjtan says:

    My boys get a tin of tuna on birthdays, Christmas and New Year! I’m definitely going have to check out those scrunchy balls. Does anyone know where to purchase them? There’s no link 🙂

  7. Clare Hemington says:

    Whilst some of the products on here are great ie the scratching post, water fountain and thermal cushions, others such as the self-cleaning litter box, are just appealing to us humans and are not necessarily designed with cats in mind! It can be difficult to know which products are best for our cats, especially as they all have their own individual preferences, but I would urge anyone buying cat products to think about what’s best for them as a species, rather than what appeals to us, and that also includes having a cat birthday party! Also, when bringing home new items for our cats, it’s important not to introduce them to it, they’ll find it in their own time!

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