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Give Your Cat an Easter Basket: Easter Treats and Gifts for Cats

By: Rebecca K. O'Connor

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If you have kids, chances are your getting ready to make baskets and have a visit from the Easter bunny. Egg hunts and treats are the standard fun for this great day, but what about the cats in the house? You probably want to skip the Easter bonnet, but why not make an Easter basket for the kitties and come up with some fun games for them as well?

Build a Basket

Making a cat Easter basket is simple. Just make sure that the basket and contents are safe to play with and that you keep an eye on your cat when she investigates her Easter present. Find a festive looking basket and stuff it with great things your cat will love.

Basket Ideas

  • Catnip plant – the perfect Easter grass for any kitty
  • Plush toys stuffed with catnip
  • Gourmet cat treats
  • Low calorie cat treats (for dieting kitties)
  • Lattice balls
  • Bouncing balls
  • Cat teasers
  • Feather toys

    There are tons of toys that you can pick. Choose toys in pastel colors with an Easter theme. How about some little plush Easter chicks instead of those boring old mice?
    Find a few new things as well as your cat's old favorites.

    Have an Easter Egg Hunt

    Why not fill one of those great plastic eggs with something that makes a little noise? Cat treats perhaps? Or a cat ball with a bell inside? Choose an egg that is too big for your cat to swallow, but big enough to bat around and let the fun begin. This is especially fun if you have smooth floor, like wood or tile. A plastic egg can go a long way with one quick hit of the paw on these floors.

    Make sure whatever you put inside the egg will be fun to indulge in once the egg "cracks open" as well. A little bit of cat nip inside will make the effort of cracking the egg worth your cat's while. A couple of cat treats would be appreciated too. Just don't forget to enjoy the game with your cat. This should be fun for everyone!

    Dangerous Decorating

    As you are decorating for the holiday, take special care in the plants you put within in reach of your felines. Spring flowers and plants that are frequently given as gifts can be dangerous to cats. "Easter lily, tiger lily, rubrum, Japanese show lily, some species of day lily, and certain other members of the Liliaceae family can cause kidney failure in cats," says Dr. Sharon Gwaltney-Brant, Veterinary Toxicologist at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, "All parts of these lilies are considered toxic to cats and consuming even tiny amounts can be life threatening to your cat."

    This doesn't mean that you can't celebrate with greenery and beautiful flowers. Consider safer alternatives to Easter lilies such as Easter Orchids, Easter Lily Cactus, Easter Daisy or violets. If you are giving a gift of flowers to a friend with cats, consider these choices to show you care about their beloved felines. While you're at it, why not bring them a basket as well? Every cat should have a little Easter fun!

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