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The Best Gifts For The Traveling Cat Parent

Sure, it’s easier to take dogs on trips than cats; so, it makes sense that pup owners get most of the attention in pet travel, but cat pawrents go away, too! When you’re searching for the perfect present for the cat mom or dad who hits the road often, here are the best gifts to keep home, human and kitty at peak happiness, comfort and safety this season and beyond.

For home management

Potty management

With a second generation now available, the PetSafe ScoopFree Self-Cleaning Litter Box automatically removes solid waste while dust-free, low-track crystals absorb urine and stay where they belong (in the box). Self-cleanup after each use assures a pristine space for kitty without any human scooping needed, and quick-insert, disposable trays make changing the litter easier than ever. The hooded model is additionally ideal for keeping litter out of sight and out of mind when the whole family is home together, too.

Meal management

It’s no secret that cats care more about meals than anything else, and plenty of kitties are notorious bingers who would devour all the kibble left behind before an overnight trip, making a smart feeder with portion control a must-have for any traveling cat parent. Feeder-Robot from AutoPets is a Wi-Fi enabled meal dispenser that can be programmed for automatic feedings and/or operated manually through an app. Smart sensors alert owners if food is not dispensed and when supply is running low, and the 24-hour backup battery assures feedings even during short power outages.

Hair management

No one wants to return from a business trip or vacation to a home covered in hair, and it’s no fun keeping up with constant shedding even when cat pawrents are home, either. The eufy RoboVac X8 Hybrid combines powerful suction through twin-turbine technology with mopping capability to vacuum and clean floors (hello hairballs and kitty puke), with home-mapping technology that memorizes layouts, no-go zones and other customizations for perfect performance, all controllable from a simple app.

Peace-of-mind management

Whether cat owners on-the-go want to monitor cat-sitter visits, check-up on the effectiveness of a home full of automated technology, or just want to see watch their furbabies play while they’re not home, the Blue by ADT Indoor Camera provides peace of mind with easy home monitoring. Unlike many security cameras, WiFi-enabled Blue doesn’t require a subscription for 24-hour self-monitoring, image and video capture, customizable motion-detection zones, facial-recognition, 2-way voice, and even siren-detection. Set-up is simple and all functionality is easy controlled by app.

For the human

A personalized token

Being away from a furbaby can be the hardest part of travel for many modern pet parents, but the Custom Pawprint Necklace from Sprout Design Lab allows owners to keep a piece of kitty close always. A digital maps of kitty’s pawprint (from a provided photograph or ink stamp) becomes a completely personalized pendant in silver, platinum or three colors of 14K gold, chain included. Submission is easy, 3D mapping is quick and shared before printing, and the complete process generally takes only 3 weeks (2 weeks with expedited shipping) for an elegant gift with tremendous personal value.

For the cat

For the stressed kitty

For cats traveling with their owners or snuggly cats staying home alone, the Lavender Bedtime Bear is a soothing companion for a potentially stressful time. The oversize toy is a perfect cuddlebuddy filled with organic lavender for natural relaxation at home or in carriers during travels (especially great for flights). Best of all, each purchase supports the Best Friends rescue and adoption network, adding even more value to this thoughtful gift.

For the chic kitty

When the little tiger needs to stay home, gift him some personal comfort space with his own little Tiger rug. From Swiss design studio schoenstaub, the 100% pure wool rug provides simple luxury for furballs known to love defined spaces (did someone say possessive and territorial? We didn’t!), providing an extra bit of comfort when spending solo time at home. Bonus: The artisan craftsmanship of this rug and it’s companions, Snow Tiger (white tiger) and Leo (leopard) adds seriously chic drama to your space, too.

For the adventure kitty

Equally entertaining for kitty and human, the adventure-loving family will obsess over the Basecamp Dome Tent from Tiny Tents. How tiny? It’s for the cat. Twenty inches across and 15” high, the very lightweight tent comes properly equipped with elastic-connection poles, two mesh windows for ventilation and a screen door layer, giving kitty all the mountaineering vibes she needs. Whether you know an adventure cat who needs an upgrade or a stay-at-home kitty with an active imagination, this is coolest take on a cat cave you’ll find this season.