Gifts for Cats (and their people)

Just in time for the holiday season, I HAVE CAT’s cat-lovers gift guide. Every single artist or company listed here either donates a percent of proceeds or their products to animal causes or  cares for abandoned or feral animals. And all of them love cats (some even like and dogs!). So do some holiday shopping for a good cause!

I hope you enjoy this round-up and please let us know about any other artists/companies we’ve left out.  Stay tuned for Friday’s post featuring non-animal themed gift ideas that still give back to the kitties.

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Sebastiano Ranchetti & Laura Ottina

Proceeds from these prints go to the EFA (Etsy for Animals) charity of the month

 

Sebastiano Ranchetti & Laura Ottina live in the Florentine countryside with three teenage daughters, a cat and a dog. In addition to art directing editorials, designing t-shirts and illustrating children books they create and sell these modern animal prints ($14-$40) at Animals in Color . 10% if the sales from items carrying the Etsy for Animals (EFA) badge are donated to a different animal charity each month.

Dana Hadder Gillikin Creek Art

Farrah, a 7 week old foster pulled from a shelter, makes the cutest model! (Creek Art)

 

Foster kittens are lots of work, but as Dana Hadder Gillikin has found out, they also make adorable models! Dana lives with her husband, a black lab named Dixie, and several rescued cats and fosters in North Carolina. 10% of proceeds from the whimsical photographs, cards and prints sold by Creek Art go to the Beaufort Community Cat Project in NC (a volunteer organization advocating TNR). Anything left over goes to caring for community cats that like to chill on her porch.  Smart kitties!

 

Cooper in his studio

If your friends and family aren’t into photos or paintings of cats but enjoy innovative photography, Cat Cam ($19.95) is the perfect coffee table book for them! Cooper is a 5 year old American Shorthair cat living in Seattle. Once a week he wears a lightweight digital camera fastened to his collar, which snaps a new photo every 2 minutes.

Cooper’s photos are never altered or retouched (this cat takes better photos than most humans!). A portion of proceeds from the sale of each book go to Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).  I need to put my kitties to work!

Photographs taken by cats

Coopers first self-portrait (upper left) and perhaps a girlfriend (lower right)?l

 

Cat beds for the fashionable feline from Little Kittysville ($79 – $91)

Little Kittysville is the place to buy a cat bed for the fashion-forward cat (or cat owner). These beds are designed by a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Design in LA whose “lifelong collection of remarkable retro fabrics is matched only by a lifelong devotion to a collection of remarkable rescued and formerly feral cats.”

In fact, Like Kittysville is really a reference to her own home! A portion of all proceeds go to care for feral cats who live around the designers home (spay/neuter/food etc).

Even if a pet is microchipped, a collar and tag are critical in finding lost pets quickly (this includes indoor cats!). Your cat or dog could be taken in by an unsuspecting good samaritan  (it happens all the time). BlanketID is better than a regular tag and not just because they come in an array of cool colors and patterns.

The Blanket Fund for Animals

$3 from each tag registered goes to the Blanket Fund

 

Once you report your pet missing, a broadcast email to local SPCA, animal hospitals, shelters & other local blanketID members so everybody has 24/7 access to a full description and photos of your lost pet.

For every tag registered and membership purchased, money is donated to the Blanket Fund for Animals. The cost of the tag ($24.99) includes the first year of service for free ($11.99/yr after that).

 

fashionable cat collar

Kip models a cat collar from The Daily Tail Boutique

Daniela Caride’s great pet blog The Daily Tail now includes an online boutique with great gifts for cat and dog lovers alike (fashionable collars, t-shirts and more).

Not only is Daniela the proud mommy of three dogs and four cats, she also donates 5% of annual profits between three charities involved in saving and protecting animals (visitors to her site can help decide which charities will receive the funding).

If you are a cat lover then you probably know about Moderncat the blog, but do you know about Moderncat Studio? At this online Etsy store you’ll find only the hippest in pet accoutrement – scratching posts, toys, beds and even cat-themed cards and artwork.

Each month, a different cat-related charity is selected to receive 5% of the total sales for that month. November 2010 charity: Altered Tails, a not-for-profit spay/neuter clinic in Phoenix, AZ.

Modern cat toys and accessories

An array of unique, fun products from Moderncat Studio

 

Do you have a pet owning friend who supports fair trade, organic farming, made in the U.S.A products, and reducing the carbon footprint? Purrfect Play delivers on all fronts. They even have vegan products as well as gifts for dogs and humans! The founder’s best friend growing up was her cat, Licorice. She now lives in NW Indiana with her husband, four cats and newly adopted dog, Oliver. 5% of the company’s annual sales is “gratefully shared with rescues.”

Vegan cat toys

Haddie posing with the Happy Carrot catnip toy (l), Organic Cotton Dust Bunnies (r)

 

You can’t argue with Catty Stack’s slogan “Because Cats Love Boxes.”  But these are boxes you won’t mind leaving out in plain sight of your in-laws. Buy two or twenty, you design the configuration that works best for your space. The boxes are made from industrial strength cardboard, come in a variety of colors, and are super easy to assemble. And now through Friday, they’re on sale ($12.99/box!).

Modern cat condos

Kip (upper left) and ex-foster August (upper right) enjoying Catty Stacks

 

But the real reason we love Catty Stacks is because they’ve donated hundreds of boxes to shelters all over the country so rescue animals have a fun place to play or to just hang out where they feel safe.

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!

While I’m not a fan of dressing cats, I had to share this photo of Cheddar from last weekend’s Westchester Cat Show fashion show. I promise Cheddar was not distressed by the get-up and even made two costume changes. No way would my cats tolerate this for a minute!

Cheddar the cat dressed in his turkey costume

Cheddar the cat turkey at the 2010 Westchester Cat Show fashion show (what a good sport!)

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25 Responses to Gifts for Cats (and their people)

  1. Those are really some cool gift ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  2. catsparella says:

    These are great gift ideas! The catty stacks are super cute. I love the first print, too! And the organic cotton dust bunnies! Haha, aww, Cheddar! Happy Thanksgiving! :)

    • I HAVE CAT says:

      I loved that the turkey was stuffed with CHEDDAR! He was a cutie! Thanks as always for your readership and support (and the RTs!).
      Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Andrea says:

    Great list! I love Cooper! I’ve been a fan of his on FB for quite a while. He is the only one mentioned here that I was already familiar with.

    I’d like to suggest another company I am a fan of to go along with this list, if that’s okay:

    http://www.PolydactylCats.com

    In their own words, “Polydactyl is a cat toy company that lovingly produces handmade cat toys! We give a portion of our sales to The Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).”
    They also provide updates on FB about how much was donated each month.

    • I HAVE CAT says:

      Andrea, I’m so glad I introduced you to a few new places! I love Polydactyl Cats! Those hashbrowns! i am going to have to add them – thanks!

  4. Dana says:

    Thank you so much for including my Farrah and etsy shop! I feel so honored to be among such wonderful talent!!
    Happy Thanksgiving!!
    XOXO
    Dana

  5. Simba says:

    These are great to know about. If you would like to add about the following two, they are great for cat toys or relatively inexpensive jewelry

    Casbah Kittne’s shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/casbahkitten

    “Each month, a portion of the sales from the shop is donated to an animal charity of our choice as all of the Casbah Kitten cats have been either strays or adopted from a shelter. ”

    Beaded Tail’s Shop:

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/beadedtail

    “We make beaded jewelry for animal lovers with a portion of ALL sales proceeds benefiting animal awareness causes. See our profile for a list of charities we support.♥”

  6. Ingrid King says:

    This is great – shared!

  7. Ingrid King says:

    Oops, hit post too fast.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  8. Marg says:

    Those are all such great people to give to the shelters by donating part of their profits. Wish I had some talent so I could do that too.
    That is so great to have all those places listed. I certainly will send everyone I know to them.
    Hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving too. Love the cat all dressed up.

  9. Sparkle says:

    Another great gift book would be my own, Dear Sparkle: Cat-to-Cat Advice From the World’s Foremost Feline Columnist! It’s fun, full-color all the way throughout! I am known as “Dear Abby with claws,” and this book shows you why.

    http://www.amazon.com/Dear-Sparkle-Cat-Cat-columnist/dp/1440503796/

  10. joycicle says:

    OMG the turkey costume!
    lol!!

    • I HAVE CAT says:

      I know right? That cat Cheddar was so cute….if you look on the I HAVE CAT facebook page you can see all the pictures from the cat show…including Cheddar in several different outfits! LOL

  11. Tiny Timmy says:

    Again Miss Tamar FANTASTICALS!

  12. Nikita Cat says:

    Just shared this with our readers!

    I love the boxes!

    Shows potential as a replacement idea for the Tower we had to get rid of because elvira thought it was a chew toy, and ate too much string. ;-D

  13. Banshee says:

    Great ideas.

    “PM, get your credit card out!!!!!”

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