Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Catsparella 2010 Holiday Gift Guide - People Edition

Whether you've been a good kitty or a very bad cat this year, here are my picks for what to get yourself or your favorite cat-lover this holiday season!

Diamond Necklace, 14k White Gold Black Diamond Cat Pendant - Macys, $269.10 (sale!)

Purr by Katy Perry Eau de Parfum - Nordstrom, 1.7 oz for $45.00, 3.4 oz for $65.00

Whether you love Katy Perry or hate her, you must admit that the bottle for her new fragrance is purrfect. I finally got a chance to check it out at Nordstrom last weekend, and wasn't disappointed! The bottle is beautiful in person, and the perfume itself, a complicated mixture of "peach nectar, forbidden apple, jasmine blossom, Bulgarian rose, vanilla orchid, creamy sandalwood, and musk" is actually quite light, and smells delicious.

Kitty Sweater - Pretty Snake, $40.00

Aloof and Winking Cat Stud Earrings - FluffsStuffs, $9.00

Paul & Joe Cat Lipstick - Urban Outfitters, $25.00

Constellation Cat Print - Clever Nettle, $16.00

Black Cat Men's Crew - Blood Is The New Black, $40.00 (also available in Women's sizes)

Vans On My Mind Tee - Urban Outfitters, $19.99

Bubble Gum Cat Hairballs - Perpetual Kid, $6.79

Cat Hairball Gum: The perfect stocking stuffer to accompany cat butt gum.

Black & White Tuxedo Cat Herbal Body Wrap - Wrapables, $34.95

Stuffed with buckwheat and lavender, this cozy pal can be used straight out of the microwave for heat relief, or from the freezer for cold comfort. Also available? Cutie kitty heated herbal lavender slippers.

Cat Buddha Statue - Perpetual Kid, $15.99

Don't hate, meditate! Get your zen on with this calming Kitty Buddha.

Homer's Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat [Paperback] - Amazon, $9.00

Definitely my favorite cat book I have read this year (read more about it here)! As a bonus, author Gwen Cooper donates 10% of all domestic royalties from the book to organizations that serve abused, abandoned, and disabled animals, including Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc.

Spisani Cat Bookends - Barneys New York, $250.00

Where to put your well-worn collection of kitty books? Splurge on your favorite bookworm with this ultra swank pair of acrylic cat bookends.

Monopoly Cat Lovers Edition Board Game - Kohls, $34.99

Oh, the games cats play! Also available: Cat-opoly and The Crazy Cat Lady Game.

Hello Kitty Brut Rose - Wine Country Gift Baskets, $29.95 (Via Jake and Micah)

The perfect gift for your favorite over 21-year-old Hello Kitty aficionado (a.k.a. me).

Finally, as I mentioned last year, the gift of charity never goes out of style! Why not make a donation to your local animal shelter or rescue organization for yourself, or on behalf of someone else? If you're not sure where to start, check Petfinder to find a shelter in your area. In addition, here are some other worthy organizations that could use your help this season (and all year round):

Located in Ringoes, NJ, Tabby's Place is a cage-free sanctuary that provides refuge to cats in hopeless situations. Their cats primarily come from public shelters where they have been scheduled for euthanasia. Young or old, sick or healthy, Tabby's Place serves as an adoption center, a hospital, and a hospice for chronically or terminally ill cats to live out their lives in comfort. I visited the facility during one of their open houses, and was extremely impressed. True to their word, there are no cages, just large rooms and outdoor enclosure where the cats can enjoy fresh air and sunlight. They even have special rooms for FIV+ and overweight kitties! Click here to visit their site and see how you can help.

Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary is a non-profit animal rescue and sanctuary located in North Carolina. Blind Cat Rescue was started to answer the need for a safe place for blind cats that were deemed unadoptable by regular shelters and were going to be killed because they were blind. They are also currently working to raise funds to build a second shelter to house FEL/FIV+ cats. Click here to learn more and donate.

Big Cat Rescue, located in Tampa, FL, is a non profit educational sanctuary devoted to rescuing and providing a permanent home for exotic (i.e. wild, not domestic) cats who have been abused, abandoned, bred to be pets, retired from performing acts, or saved from being slaughtered for fur coats, and to educating the public about these animals and the issues facing them in captivity and in the wild. Click here to help!

Remember, donations do not always have to be monetary. They can be in-kind, such as food, toys, medical supplies, etc. (check with your shelter to see if they have a wish-list), or even the gift of volunteering your time and expertise to the shelter of your choice can really make a difference!


For more holiday gift giving ideas, check out all of my "shop kitty" posts here, my cat gift guide here, and my 2011 Cat Calendar Guide here. Happy shopping!


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Cat Cupcake Tuesdays - All Fondant Edition

Have you spotted any cute, beautiful, or creative cat-themed cupcakes? Or maybe you've made some kitty culinary creations of your own? Please submit your sweet tips for Cat Cupcake Tuesdays to catsparella@gmail.com!


Monday, November 29, 2010

Catsparella 2010 Holiday Gift Guide - Cat Edition

Tis' the season to spoil your kitties rotten with the coolest pet gear around! If your pampered tabby is sick of standard issue furry mice, follow my gift guide for fun ideas that your dignified cat is sure to appreciate.

Hand Knit Wool Cat Sweater - Paulette's Creations, $24.00

Keep kitty cozy this winter with a one-of-a-kind, hand knit sweater featuring a stylish Icelandic pattern. This beautiful sweater is made out of Lopi wool, which is resistant to water and snow.

Alessi "Tigrito" Cat Bowl - Bloomingdales, $90.00

Looking to indulge your pussycat with some designer dinnerware?? Check out these chic double bowls designed by Miriam Mirri. Fancy feast, indeed.

5 Christmas Light Certified Organic Catnip Toys - Oh Boy! Cat Toy, $20.00

Keep your curious cat out of the tree this year with dazzling, multi-colored Christmas light catnip toys. These handmade treats are made out of Eco felt, and are sure to keep your kitty busy during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

Litter Kwitter Cat Toilet Training System - Modern Cat/Amazon, $49.95

Not so much a gift for your cat, as it is for you. Think of all the YouTube videos that can come out of this endeavor! One of my goals in life is to toilet train a cat before I die. There, I said it.

Custom Sweet Kitty Christmas Stocking - Just Cats Boutique, $15.00

Has someone been a good cat this year? Show them how much with their own cute n' fuzzy Christmas stocking, which can be customized to match the color of your own sweet kitty. You can also choose the mouse color, and color of the faux fur cuff.

Ladybug Scratcher - Nip and Bones, $40.49

While my personal favorite is the Ladybug Scratcher, Nip and Bones has a selection of some of the most unusual scratchers I've ever seen, from Mouse and Reindeer, to Kitty Express. If you stop by the Nip and Bones site, be sure to say hi to Baby Patches, their "Chief Kit"/adorable Turkish Angora cat.

I Can Has Cheezburger Pet ID Tag - Ebonypaws Pet Tags, $10.00 (via Must Have Cute)

For the 100th time, yes you can has!

Happy Hanukkah Catnip Fortune Cookies (set of 2 toys) - Jake and Micah, $9.99

For all the Jewish kitties in the house, represent the festival of lights with these super pretty catnip fortune cookies. As an added bonus, each one features its own special kitty-themed fortune!

Zhu Zhu Pets Version 3 Hamster - Rocky - Toys "R" Us, $5.98

We got one of these for our cats last year (Num Nums!), and it was a big hit. One of the cats likes to sit across the room and watch it run around the kitchen, while the other one likes to bat at it and carry it around. Since it makes random, odd noises (including what sounds like a rooster crowing and a cow mooing), it's also great for cats with a case of kitty ADD.

Cat Play House (Tank, Plane, or Firetruck) - Think Geek, $24.99

Everyone knows that a cat's favorite gift is a plain cardboard box, but why not try to mix it up a bit with these fun, and slightly more amusing looking play houses. Modeled to look like a tank, plane, and firetruck, these cardboard sets are sure to set kitty up for an adventure of a lifetime.

Jolly St. Nick Cape and Pet Santa Hat - Pampered Whiskers, $16.99

Pampered Whiskers is back just in time for the holiday season with their super deluxe Santa hat and cape set. The plush velour fashions even come in their own special keepsake box, so you can continue to delight/torture kitty year after year.

Kitty Movie DVD - Perpetual Kid, $9.99

Another Catsparella favorite. My kitties love the old VHS cat sitter tapes, and this year it's time to upgrade to DVD! This version is a double feature, including "Kitty Goes Hunting" and "Kitty Goes Fishing". For those unaware, these films include all kinds of creatures - birds, mice, fish, butterflies, etc. set to a soundtrack that will keep your cat amused/confused for hours.

Hanukkah Tutu Harness Cat Dress - Lil Yorkie Fru Fru, $75.00

I don't have much to say about this, other than I am in love with this cat.

Stayed tuned for the Catsparella 2010 Holiday Gift Guide - "People" Edition.. coming soon!


You Oughta Know: My Ugly Kitty

Meet Quasi, head cat in charge over at My Ugly Kitty. Quasi was adopted by her owner Renee in October 2005, and is notable for being the cutest "ugly" cat you will ever meet!

According to the official story on her site, "while no one officially knows the origin of my "look", the general theory is that I have a cleft lip that never got corrected and connects to my eye. I can see fine out of one, but not so much out of the other. I also have a difficult time smelling since I have some sinus issue. My hearing though, is excellent - I can hear a crinkly wrapper from two floors up!"

Renee started My Ugly Kitty in June 2006 as a way for her to exercise her creative mind. The original Ugly Kitty Etsy store, with the tagline "Ugly never looked so good!", features Quasi-themed products such as photographs and greeting cards, along with unique (non-cat related) items such as vintage paper journals and custom screen printed wedding invitations.

Renee also started The Original UglyKitty fund
, where you can select to donate amounts of $1.00, $5.00, or $10.00 to Cool Cats Rescue, a no-kill shelter in Annapolis, MD, where she adopted Quasi from. Since the start of the fund in October 2006, she's been able to raise over $3,000 for the organization!

All donations go to funding food, litter, supplies, medical expenses, and general expenses for running the shelter. Everyone who donates receives an UglyKitty button (seen below), along with a Thank You card from Quasi herself!

Very special thanks to Renee for sharing her very beautiful kitty with the world! Please visit her site at MyUglyKitty.com to learn more.

All images via Flickr and Etsy



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