Who among us can say they don't enjoy a good cat meme? Our feline overlords have been capturing human hearts for centuries, from Cleopatra, to Hemingway, to the Brontë sisters. If you need cat gifts for a friend whose life is ruled by their furry companions, your search ends here. We've prowled the web to bring you a whole litter of cool cat gift ideas to delight Aussie cat lovers across the country.
Monitor that moggy
This clever little pet tracker is the ultimate in cat owner gifts, helping your mates keep tabs on furry friends while they're out exploring. It's small and light enough to attach to a collar, and works with cat owners' smartphones to create a local GPS network using Bluetooth. It also doubles as a smartphone ringer, so they can figure out where their device is when the cat's being particularly adorable.
Playful cats love chasing bubbles, and these Cosmic Gold Catnip Bubbles promise hours of fun for cats and their owners. Not only will they have a blast pouncing and popping, but the non-toxic catnip oil solution means these bubbles will be irresistible, even to the grouchiest of kitties.
DIY Kitty Treats
If your cat-loving bestie feeds their feline pal a special diet, this Make Your Own Cat Treats Kit is a great gift idea. They'll know exactly what's going into kitty's food for treats without the nasties. These kits come with 3 adorable cutters for the tiniest and tastiest of homemade cat treats.
Scratch n' Skate
While they probably won't get their ride or die skating like Didga from Coolongatta, this Suck UK Cat Playhouse Scratch Skateboard has to be the next best thing. Their fave furball will love digging their claws into this corrugated card skateboard for cool cats. The underside is printed to look like an actual skate deck, and will look rad propped up next to their owner's board.
These Nina sunnies from Broadbeach-based Slay Vacay mean your bestie can get #twinning with their own furry friend. We reckon these soft cat eye sunglasses are reminiscent of the Hollywood classic, Breakfast at Tiffany's. They'll feel ultra glam channeling Holly Golightly and her famous familiar, Cat, also known as the "slob without a name."
Even cats need a private place to do their business, but that doesn't mean your mate has to ruin their Pinteresque decor with an unsightly litter box. We rate the Modkat Litter Box for balancing form and function, complete with eco-friendly reusable litter liner and a locking lid that helps catch litter bits to keep floors clean. These clever bins come in white, grey or black to complement any contemporary colour scheme.
If you love your bestie's cat nearly as much as they do, why not grab one of these Rufus & Coco Multi Sensory Fling and Chase Cat Toys before your next visit? These little beauties are irresistible to cats, with bright feathers, ribbons and pom poms. Rufus & Coco are an Aussie-owned pet product company too, so you can give yourself a treat for supporting locals.
Cosy up together
Most cat lovers love cosying up on their couch next to their furry companions with a good book, and the best way to up the snuggle factor is more pillows. Designed by Picomodi and hand-sewn, these super soft throw cushions are filled with faux down to balance comfort with good looks. They'll make any sofa look more enticing so your pals can kick back with their cats.
If your cat-loving giftee is a bit of a magpie, this Lily Trinket Plate offers a cute way to keep shiny things in one place. They can pop this little dish on a kitchen or bathroom counter to store rings or jewelry, or on a shelf or living room table for keys and spare change. Even dog-lovers will agree: this is one sweet dish.
Cat on the bag
These Munchkin Cats Reusable Shopping Bags will subtly let them know there's a better way to carry all that Fancy Feast back from Woolies. Melbourne-based Etsy store Momiji makes a whole range of these pretty yet practical polyester shopping bags, which are small and lightweight to fit into your pocket or purse. These eco-friendly gifts mean you'll also score bonus points with climate conscious cat lovers.
Cheeky but cute
When you need cat-themed gifts that are a little bit cheeky, cat butts are the way to go. These adorable Cat Butt Magnets are handmade in Melbourne from polymer clay by LottieBird Design, and they'll even customize them to look like your friend's cat. We reckon anyone will get a giggle pinning notes to the fridge with kitty booty magnets like these.
Is your fave cat person also a bit artsy? Designed in Melbourne by blossomandcat, these Frida Cat enamel keyrings are ideal gifts for cat lovers who own very few shirts without paint splatters. While they might not please your mate's moggy, these kitty keychains are sure to be a winner with their humans.
Painted pet pics
Getting a custom-painted pet portrait has to be one of the most meaningful cat-themed gifts around. Based in Melbourne, Risa paints lifelike watercolour cat portraits based on actual photos. For a sneaky surprise, simply find the snap on their pet's Instagram with the most likes, then send it off to Risa for a gorgeous surprise gift they'll treasure forever.
Time to explore
This Summer Sunrise Harness by Aussie pet suppliers Coco & Pud is our top pick for inside cats who like to explore. It features durable polyester webbing to keep them safely strapped in, and the harness attaches to a D ring for kitty comfort. This step-in harness also has fully adjustable neck and chest straps to accommodate winter coats or growing kittens.
Flop like a fish
Aussie-owned Ozoosh really nails the cat toy brief with this Electric Flopping Fish Cat Toy. This toy has a built-in touch sensor that makes the fish wriggle about, and there's even space for catnip with a dedicated pouch. It's USB-rechargeable, and the motor detaches for cleaning.