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Puzzled Over Cats? You Aren’t The Only One

Colorful feline-themed puzzles to piece through this holiday season.

by Avery Felman
May 25, 2022
Portrait of a light purple puzzle box that reads "Cat Person" with a pink patterned wallpaper and various cat figurines
Courtesy of Piecework Puzzles

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Titillating brain teasers, guessing games, and plucky puzzles. Those are just a few of the musings inspired by day-to-day interactions with cats, who we can never quite seem to neatly categorize. It’s likely that the pickiest family member you shop for is the one who never has much to say (until half past dinner-time, that is): your cat. We try (often to no avail) to discover their likes and dislikes and discern their moods and motivations on an almost daily basis. Taking the time to unearth whether treats, catnip, or playtime moves the needle for our cats, we’re always one step closer to the completing the full picture — or puzzle. That’s why we’ve compiled a gift guide of cat puzzles that aren’t nearly as finicky as our actual cats. Below, perplexing puzzles of cats that aren’t our own.

Btw, our editors (and their pets) picked out these products. They’re always in stock at the time we publish, but there’s a chance they’ll sell out. If you do buy through our links, we may earn a commission. (We’ve got a lot of toys to buy over here, you know?)

the le puzz cat puzzle in yellow

Look at him! He’s so cute and his little hat is just the most precious thing ever. He’s a cat and a cowboy and just plain perfect all over. The puzzle is 500 pieces and measures 25 x 18 inches when fully assembled — and the pieces are random cut, so each one is different, which makes putting it together a lot more fun. It also comes with a poster of Scotty (that’s the cowboy kitty’s name) so you can still look at his gorgeous visage even after the puzzle is disassembled and put away.

$32 at Le Puzz
cat person puzzle box in pink

Piecework, known for their high production value and puzzles that make us want to stay in with a stew for two (the second person being our cats) rather that hit the bars, does not disappoint with their latest feline creation. The puzzle features 22 porcelain tchotchke and real life cats, creating a Where’s Waldo component to an already joyfully colorful scenery that reminds us of our favorite of our grandma’s antiques. They’ve even blessed us with a 45 song cat-themed Spotify playlist to enjoy while puzzling. Piecework is helping turn the “cat lady” cultural archetype on its head one puzzle piece at a time.

$38 at Mure + Grand

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Avery, editor at The Wildest, and her cat, Chicken

Avery Felman

Avery is an editor at The Wildest. She has written for numerous publications, including Refinery29, BuzzFeed, and V Magazine. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her fiancé and cat, Chicken, and has high hopes that one of them will let her adopt a dog.