11 Savvy Gifts for Your Cat

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The holiday season is the perfect time to pamper your loved ones, and furry family members shouldn't be left out of the fun. Here are 11 gift ideas to help your favorite feline purr, play, and prance into the New Year.

1. WHACK-A-MOUSE CAT TOY; $25

Whack-A-Mouse Cat Toy by Hugs Pet Products
Whack-A-Mouse Cat Toy by Hugs Pet Products
Amazon

The Whack-A-Mouse cat toy is inspired by Whac-A-Mole, the popular arcade game. Stick a mouse-topped stick through its holes, and surprise your kitty with its darting motions and random moves as it tries to figure where the rodent will go next.

Find It: Amazon

2. LAPTOP CAT SCRATCHING PAD; $35

Laptop Cat Scratching Pad by Uncommon Goods
Laptop Cat Scratching Pad by Uncommon Goods
Uncommon Goods

The Internet loves cats, and this laptop-inspired cat scratching pad allows your favorite feline to love it back. The "keyboard" is made of corrugated cardboard, for maximum claw flexing. It's attached to a fake computer monitor with a "desktop" that can be changed by sliding a new image in.

Find It: Uncommon Goods

3. MEOWABLES; $4 PER 1/4 POUND

Meowables cat treats by Woofables
Meowables cat treats by Woofables
Meowables cat treats by Woofables

Gourmet treats shouldn't be just reserved for dogs, which is why canine biscuit company Woofables whipped up some tasty homemade treats for felines. Called Meowables, the healthy snacks come in two flavors—seafood and turkey—and are sold by the quarter pound.

Find It: Woofables

4. SNEAKER PET BED; $90

Sneaker Pet Bed by Uncommon Goods
Sneaker Pet Bed by Uncommon Goods
Sneaker Pet Bed by Uncommon Goods

Converse fans can pay homage to the classic shoe and pamper their cats with this sneaker-inspired cat bed. It's made from cotton denim and microfiber suede, with a plaid polyester fleece lining.

Find It: Uncommon Goods

5. ARTY CAT SCRATCHER; $69

P.L.A.Y. (Pet Lifestyle and You) Arty Cat Scratcher in Denim
P.L.A.Y. (Pet Lifestyle and You) Arty Cat Scratcher in Denim
Amazon

Cats can give their claws a workout using P.L.A.Y.'s deconstructed cat scratcher instead of, say, your curtains or favorite sweater. Made from corrugated recycled paper, it consists of multiple ovoid units that can either fit together into a compact lounger or pull apart into individual pieces. (The latter option provides kitties with a variety of scratching surfaces and angles.)

Find It: Amazon

6. TIGRITO CAT BOWL; $65

P.L.A.Y. (Pet Lifestyle and You) Arty Cat Scratcher in Denim
P.L.A.Y. (Pet Lifestyle and You) Arty Cat Scratcher in Denim
Amazon

This double-sided cat bowl makes feeding time fun with whimsical design and vibrant color. (In addition to bright blue, it also comes in yellow, back, and gray.) Crafted from polypropylene resin, its stainless steel dishes are both removable and dishwasher safe. As for the cat's tail, it doubles as a handle for picking up and moving the dish.

Find It: Amazon

7. MOCCASIN PET BED; $100

Moccasin Pet Bed by Uncommon Goods
Moccasin Pet Bed by Uncommon Goods
Uncommon Goods

This snuggly, moccasin-inspired pet bed might keep your kitty distracted (and cozy) long enough to stop chewing on your shoelaces. Made from faux suede and sherpa, it provides kitty with a cave-like end for hiding and an exposed opening for when it's feeling social.

Find It: Uncommon Goods

8. GO!CAT!GO! MINI MOUSE; $1

Go!Cat!Go! Mini Mouse, Fun Fur All
Go!Cat!Go! Mini Mouse, Fun Fur All
CatToys.com

These fluffy mice come in pastel green and purple, and they contain hidden treats—catnip and a bell inside—for your kitty's playing pleasure. The color is pre-selected, so if you want both shades it might be best to buy in bulk.

Find It: CatToys.com

9. SLEEPYPOD MOBILE CAT BED; $182

Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed
Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed
Amazon

This luggage-style mobile cat carrier is comfortable and private enough for your cat to fall asleep while you're on the go. It accommodates felines up to 15 pounds, and its shoulder strap is padded for those moments when Fluffy starts feeling extra-heavy mid-travel session. Its bedding is machine washable, too, which is extra-convenient come shedding season.

Find It: Amazon

10. KATRIS MODULAR CAT TREE; $228

KATRIS Modular Cat Tree
KATRIS Modular Cat Tree
Amazon

Modular cat furniture can also double as modern art. This tree by Katris includes five Tetris-shaped blocks that can either be disassembled into climbers, scratchers, or loungers or assembled into a tall lookout post. It can hold up to 300 pounds, making it ideal for multi-cat households.

Find It: Amazon

11. KITNIPBOX; $20 to $30

A gray cat sitting next to a KitNipBox
KitNipBox
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KitNipBox is a monthly subscription box that provides cat owners with a curated package of treats, toys, accessories, and other feline goodies. And if you own two cats, you can opt for a multi-cat box that includes additional items so both of your pets can feel the love equally.

Find It: KitNipBox

The 10 Best Memorial Day 2020 Sales

iRobot,GoWise,Funko via Wayfair, Entertainment Earth
iRobot,GoWise,Funko via Wayfair, Entertainment Earth

The Memorial Day sales have started early this year, and it's easy to find yourself drowning in offers for cheap mattresses, appliances, shoes, and grills. To help you cut through the noise and focus on the best deals around, we threw together some of our favorite Memorial Day sales going on right now. Take a look below.

1. Leesa

A Leesa Hybrid mattress.
A Leesa Hybrid mattress.
Leesa

Through May 31, you can save up to $400 on every mattress model Leesa has to offer, from the value-minded Studio by Leesa design to the premium Leesa Legend, which touts a combination of memory foam and micro-coil springs to keep you comfortable in any position you sleep in.

Find it: Leesa

2. Sur La Table

This one is labeled as simply a “summer sale,” but the deals are good only through Memorial Day, so you should get to it quickly. This sale takes up to 20 percent off outdoor grilling and dining essentials, like cast-iron shrimp pans ($32), a stainless steel burger-grilling basket ($16), and, of course, your choice of barbeque sauce to go along with it.

Find it: Sur la Table

3. Wayfair

KitchenAid Stand Mixer on Sale on Wayfair.
Wayfair/KitchenAid

Wayfair is cutting prices on all manner of appliances until May 28. Though you can pretty much find any home appliance imaginable at a low price, the sale is highlighted by $130 off a KitchenAid stand mixer and 62 percent off this eight-in-one GoWise air fryer.

And that’s only part of the brand’s multiple Memorial Day sales, which you can browse here. They’re also taking up to 40 percent off Samsung refrigerators and washing machines, up to 65 percent off living room furniture, and up to 60 percent off mattresses.

Find it: Wayfair

4. Blue Apron

If you sign up for a Blue Apron subscription before May 26, you’ll save $20 on each of your first three box deliveries, totaling $60 in savings. 

Find it: Blue Apron

5. The PBS Store

Score 20 percent off sitewide at Shop.PBS.org when you use the promo code TAKE20. This slashes prices on everything from documentaries like Ken Burns’s The Roosevelt: An Intimate History ($48) and The Civil War ($64) to a Pride & Prejudice tote bag ($27) and this precious heat-changing King Henry VIII mug ($11) that reveals the fates of his many wives when you pour your morning coffee.

Find it: The PBS Store

6. Amazon

eufy robot vacuum.
Amazon/eufy

While Amazon doesn’t have an official Memorial Day sale, the ecommerce giant still has plenty of ever-changing deals to pick from. Right now, you can take $100 off this outdoor grill from Weber, $70 off a eufy robot vacuum, and 22 percent off the ASUS gaming laptop. For more deals, just go to Amazon and have a look around.

7. Backcountry

You can save up to 50 percent on tents, hiking packs, outdoor wear, and more from brands like Patagonia, Marmot, and others during Backcountry's Memorial Day sale.

Find it: Backcountry

8. Entertainment Earth

Funko Pops on Sale on Entertainment Earth.
Entertainment Earth/Funko

From now until June 2, Entertainment Earth is having a buy one, get one half off sale on select Funko Pops. This includes stalwarts like the Star Wars and Batman lines, and more recent additions like the Schitt's Creek Funkos and the pre-orders for the upcoming X-Men movie line.

Find it: Entertainment Earth

9. Moosejaw

With the promo code SUNSCREEN, you can take 20 percent off one full-price item at Moosejaw, along with finding up to 30 percent off select items during the outdoor brand's summer sale. These deals include casual clothing, outdoor wear, trail sneakers, and more. 

Find it: Moosejaw

10. Osprey

Through May 25, you can save 25 percent on select summer items, and 40 percent off products from last season. This can include anything from hiking packs and luggage to outdoorsy socks and hats. So if you're planning on getting acquainted with the great outdoors this summer, now you can do it on the cheap.

Find it: Osprey

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Swear Off Toilet Paper With This Bidet Toilet Seat That's Easy to Install and Costs Less Than $100

Tushy
Tushy

The recent coronavirus-related toilet paper shortage has put the spotlight on the TP-less alternative that Americans have yet to truly embrace: the bidet.

It's not exactly a secret that toilet paper is wasteful—it's estimated to cost 437 billion gallons of water and 15 million trees to produce our yearly supply of the stuff. But while the numbers are plain to see, bidets still aren't common in the United States.

Well, if price was ever the biggest barrier standing in the way of swearing off toilet paper for good, there's now a cost-effective way to make the switch. Right now, you can get the space-saving Tushy bidet for less than $100. And you'll be able to install it yourself in just 10 minutes.

What is a Bidet?

Before we go any further, let’s just go ahead and get the awkward technical details out of the way. Instead of using toilet paper after going to the bathroom, bidets get you clean by using a stream of concentrated water that comes out of a faucet or nozzle. Traditional bidets look like weird toilets without tanks or lids, and while they’re pretty uncommon in the United States, you’ve definitely seen one if you’ve ever been to Europe or Asia.

That said, bidets aren’t just good for your butt. When you reduce toilet paper usage, you also reduce the amount of chemicals and emissions required to produce it, which is good for the environment. At the same time, you’re also saving money. So this is a huge win-win.

Unfortunately, traditional bidets are not an option for most Americans because they take up a lot of bathroom space and require extra plumbing. That’s where Tushy comes in.

The Tushy Classic Bidet Toilet Seat.

Unlike traditional bidets, the Tushy bidet doesn’t take up any extra space in your bathroom. It’s an attachment for your existing toilet that places an adjustable self-cleaning nozzle at the back of the bowl, just underneath the seat. But it doesn’t require any additional plumbing or electricity. All you have to do is remove the seat from your toilet, connect the Tushy to the clean water supply behind the toilet, and replace the seat on top of the Tushy attachment.

The Tushy has a control panel that lets you adjust the angle and pressure of the water stream for a perfect custom clean. The nozzle lowers when the Tushy is activated and retracts into its housing when not in use, keeping it clean and sanitary.

Like all bidets, the Tushy system takes a little getting used to. But once you get the hang of it, you’ll never want to use toilet paper again. In fact, Tushy is so sure you’ll love their product, they offer customers a 60-day risk-free guarantee. If you don’t love your Tushy, you can send it back for a full refund, minus shipping and handling.

Normally, the Tushy Classic retails for $109, but right now you can get the Tushy Classic for just $89. So if you’ve been thinking about going TP-free, now is definitely the time to do it.

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