Easter Baskets for Cats

March 28, 2022
By: Adriana Valle
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Last week, we posted a list of items that would make a great addition to your dog’s Easter basket. Today, we’re discussing Easter gift ideas for your cats. 

Skip the Candy

According to studies, cats only have about 480 taste buds which distinguish everything but sweet. For this reason, it’s best to find cat-friendly surprises both for their enjoyment and their safety.

Intro New Flavors Slowly

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Cats may shy away from unfamiliar flavors, especially after eating the same foods for long periods. When introducing new flavors and products, create a smorgasbord of options that your cat can try on their terms. Allowing your cat to accept or reject new flavors creates a healthy space for them to explore their likes and dislikes. Also, make sure you don’t let your cats indulge if they discover a new favorite treat. While most of our recommendations are healthy and tummy-friendly, moderation is key.

Top Cat Treats to Try

Easter baskets are a great opportunity to try high-end treats. Some of our favorites are freeze-dried treats like The New Zealand Natural Pet Food Co. Meow Wild Venison Grain-Free Freeze-Dried Cat Treats. Another great option is lickable cat treats like Applaws Purée pouches are great for nail trims and brushing. Bocce Bakery makes great limited-ingredient treats that are made with love and quality ingredients. Their Sushi Sushi Soft & Chewy cat treats are a fun way to celebrate the season with your cats. 

Enrichment & Engagement

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Snuffle mats are excellent enrichment toys that turn meals and treat time into a fun and engaging experience. According to Julie Posluns, Founder of Cat School, an online training program for cats and their families, “the long, grass-like strands of snuffle mats encourage your cat to search for food, mimicking a natural hunting experience.” Snuffle mats encourage food foraging behaviors that can help cats stay entertained and prevent boredom.

If you think your cat might enjoy outdoor enrichment, consider a Leash Walking Kit in your cat’s Easter basket this year. Designed by Julie Posluns, Applied Animal Behaviorist, this kit comes with a training guide and clicker to ensure a well-rounded, safe, and engaging experience.

Upgrade your Cat’s Bowl

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Unfortunately, cats can experience whisker damage and fatigue when using the wrong food bowls. To prevent discomfort and encourage biologically natural feeding rituals, consider The Original mine Pet Platter for your Easter basket. According to the makers, the indentations, crevices, and curves on the mat encourage licking, tracking, foraging, and other natural stimulating feeding behaviors. Its floor-level position allows for 360-degree views and movement providing complete meal control, which cats, as prey and predator, greatly appreciate.

Only the Best for Your Cat

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Finally, cats are particularly fond of their home environment, which is why the best gift you can give your cat is to have a professional pet sitter care for them while you’re away. Please contact us to schedule pet care services as soon as possible because travel is at an all-time high this year. To learn more about Shoreline Happy Paws and our service areas, contact us via our online form, call 860-964-0464, or email info@cthappypaws.com

By Adriana Valle

Adriana is the owner and Chief Pet-Loving Officer at Shoreline Happy Paws. She has been a Professional Pet Sitter for over 10 years.

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