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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
November 30, 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 activities inspired by day-to-day interactions with cats, whose tricky code we can never quite seem to crack. We try (often to no avail) to discover their likes and dislikes and discern their moods and motivations on an almost daily basis.

When we take the time to figure out what 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 who aren’t our own.

Best Cat Puzzles

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 cat) rather that hit the bars, truly delivers 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. They’ve even blessed cat people 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.

the le puzz cat puzzle in yellow

Look at him. He’s so cute with his little hat. 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.

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

Avery Felman

Avery is a writer and producer. She has written for numerous publications, including Refinery29, BuzzFeed, and V Magazine. When she’s not at her computer, you can find her reading, practicing her Greek on Duolingo, and delving into the Sex and the City discourse. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and their cat, Chicken, who rules with an iron fist.