A lot of people do this…and I must say that I am one of those people. To be honest, I feel like this is a normal thing in our house…but then again define normal:)
I am a cat mum that buys her beautiful boys Easter baskets. There I said it, and I must say that it’s freeing! Sure, I buy my guys Christmas and Birthday presents, Halloween costumes and toys by the truckload but it’s because I love to and because they kind of expect it. Sigh, I’ve created monsters I’ll admit it.
If you’re a pet parent that buys your furry friend presents of any kind, take heart because you’re not alone. Did you know that 95% of pet parents buy their cats/dogs/rabbits/ferrets/hamsters/fish…presents? And why shouldn’t we? They make our lives so special.
If you’re planning on gifting the special pet in your life an Easter basket this year, here are a few ideas:
1) A cute bowtie or bow– I did this for my cats Simba and Sebastien, and I must say that they look dashing! I can’t wait for them to wear them on Easter Sunday for their photo shoot:) Again, define normal. Please make sure that the bow or bow tie is quick release if attached to any kind of collar to prevent from choking. I only put outfits and accessories on my kitties when they’re supervised and only for a short amount of time while I snap a few photos. I want them to be comfortable and safe, but I’m not necessarily worried about them being embarrassed:) Stay tuned for their photos which I’ll post closer to Easter!
2) Organic catnip– I find that my cats go crazy for organic catnip. Every once in a while I give them a sprinkle, and they’re in heaven! Be sure to use a high-quality catnip to ensure there aren’t any adverse preservatives that will be harmful to your cat and only include this in their Easter basket if they enjoy it in the first place.
3) A new toy– While I was at the Hamilton Cat Fanciers cat show this weekend, I managed to scoop up a few treats for Simba and Sebastien. I always choose toys that are made of excellent quality materials. I never choose anything with bells or small balls/eyes that they might be able to chew off and swallow. If I do pick a toy that has ribbon or feathers, I make sure that my cats are supervised while playing to ensure that they don’t ingest anything. When I’m not home, those toys go in a box with a lid.
4) Treats– I’m not a huge fan of giving my cats treats for the simple reason that they don’t need them. The other reason why I don’t often give treats is that my cats are both on prescription food. Every once in a while I’ll buy them some freeze dried chicken that is made specifically for cats. They seem to like it, and I feel better giving them something close to the real thing. Include a couple of high-quality food treats in your Easter basket to make it extra special.
So there you have it! The perfect Easter basket for your feline friend.