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 ProductsAmazon

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 GoodsUncommon 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 WoofablesMeowables 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.

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4. SNEAKER PET BED; $90

Sneaker Pet Bed by Uncommon GoodsSneaker 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 DenimAmazon

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 DenimAmazon

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 GoodsUncommon 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 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 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 TreeAmazon

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

KitNipBoxCourtesy of KitNipBox

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

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
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If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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Turn Your Laptop Into a Multi-Monitor Hub With This Lightweight Accessory

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Mobile Pixels

If your dining room table has been doubling as your work-from-home station over the past few months, you’re probably missing the extra space, supportive chair, and the dual-monitor setup at your old office. The Mobile Pixels Trio, a portable triple-screen laptop monitor accessory, is designed to give you the space that multiple monitors provide without needing to be hardwired in a cubicle.

The Mobile Pixels brand offers an innovative multi-screen laptop accessory that's easy to use. Once you fit the magnetized accessory to the back of your laptop and plug it in, you simply slide the extra screens out and start working. The product began on Indiegogo with a single monitor attachment, but the new Trio model comes with an additional monitor, bringing the total number of screens at your disposal to three.

The lightweight tool comes in two sizes, Trio (12.6 inches across) and Trio Max (14 inches), and is compatible with any Mac, Linux, Chrome, or Android device with a USB connection. The Mobile Pixels Trio and Trio Max can be configured however you want, so if you need one monitor to be in portrait mode for design and coding work, you just need to turn the screen and you're good to go.

Right now, both sizes are discounted, with the smaller screen going for $214.99 and the larger one for $269.99.

Price subject to change.

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