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The Best Father’s Day Gifts for Cat Dads

From a custom cat portrait vase to a gorgeous coffee table tome to a trio of pet-friendly plants, there’s something for every cat dad in this gift guide.

by Charles Manning
June 14, 2022
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Cats are wonderful; they’re cute and smart and silly and snuggly. They’re also the absolute worst gift-givers. Terrible. Tragic. I mean, how many dead mice/birds/lizards do they really think we need? I know it’s the thought that counts, but come on, it’s time for another train of thought. And indoor cats are even worse — taking things off the floor or out of the garbage and presenting them to us like prizes worthy of a display case and an armed guard. It’s cute, but you know what is cuter? A cowboy cat puzzle by Le Puzz, a sculptural cat cave from Meyou Paris, or a gorgeous coffee table book by photographer and cat dad Paul Barbera — all of which can be found below, along with more truly thoughtful gifts in our gift guide for cat dads this Father’s Day.

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?)

plaid fish toy

This toys from Modernbeast might seem like a gift for cats, but it’s actually a gift for dads, too. Not only are these three little fishies stuffed with 100 percent organic catnip and crinkle paper to entertain your beloved kitty, but unlike most cat toys, they’re legitimately attractive. If the cat dad in your life likes earthy colors and masculine prints, these are toys he’ll actually be happy to find lying all over the house.

$13 at Modernbeast
black and gray round angular cat bed

There are so many cat beds out there, but few are as lovely or as architectural as this one from Meyou Paris. It looks like a piece of minimalist art. The spherical basket is made out of coated yarn and is surrounded by a black metal cube. For kitty’s comfort, the inside holds an ochre cotton-blend canvas cushion, but the outside is just this cool, sculptural…thing. Perfect for design-conscious cat dads and the cats they live to spoil.

$200 at Ssense
katie kimmel custom cat vase

Full disclosure, these Katie Kimmel vases are made-to-order and take about eight to 10 weeks for delivery, so you won’t be able to get one in time for Father’s Day, but at least you can let your cat dad know that a one-of-a-kind custom-designed and handmade vase featuring the likeness of his perfect fur angel is on the way. Would it be nice to have it earlier? Sure. But this way you’re giving him a super cool gift that he can look forward to while supporting an independent artist at the same time.

$275 at Katie Kimmel
where they purr cat book

This book. It’s just so gorgeous. Half cat book and half interior-design book, it is the perfect gift for any and all cat-loving aesthetes. Photographer and filmmaker Paul Barbera spent years photographing cats at the various homes and artists’ studios he visited on assignments for clients like Elle Decor, Vogue Living, and The New York Times. It wasn’t until the pandemic hit and he found himself stuck at his mom’s house in Australia that he decided to turn his love of cats and design into a book. Where They Purr is a look at some of Australia’s most fabulous homes (many of which have never been photographed for publication before) and the cats who rule them. It is adorable and inspiring all at once. Really, just so so good.

$39 at Amazon
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.

$32 at Le Puzz
299 cats in orange

I know, another puzzle, but puzzles are great and everyone knows it, so why limit yourself (or this gift guide) to just one? This 300-piece puzzle features 299 cat-shaped pieces (and one dog) which combine to create the kitty cuddle puddle of your cat dad’s wildest dreams. As adorable as this puzzle is, it’s also diabolically difficult. With most puzzles, you can start from the outside and work your way in or group pieces by color and work from there, but those strategies won’t help you here. There are no “edge” pieces (at least, none that are easily discernible from the other pieces) and each cat is surrounded by a thin white border. It’s impossible! Well, not impossible, but a fun challenge for puzzlers used to working with a specific methodology. Of course, if it proves too challenging, you can always check the guide included in the box — but trust me, it’s more fun (and more satisfying) if you just figure it out yourself.

$20 at Amazon
the cat strategy game

Let’s be honest: the Venn diagram of cat dads and game enthusiasts has a pretty significant overlap, which is why this particular game is such an excellent gift. Each player is a cat and all the cats live in a house. As a cat, you want to lavish your human with affection while causing mischief elsewhere in the house, and the first cat to score nine mischief points wins. The rules can feel a little vague and open-ended when you first start playing, but once you get the hang of it, the game is fast-paced, cutthroat, and a lot of fun.

$20 at Amazon
Hiddin Frosted Cat Litter Box Cover

So expensive, I know. But hear me out. A lot of cats really don’t like covered litter boxes, because they don’t like not being able to see if someone or something is sneaking up on them. At the same time, though, litter boxes tend to be pretty ugly and cats can make a real mess when they start kicking their litter around and burying their business. This cover is spacious, semi-transparent, and keeps all that rogue litter confined to one space. Yes, it’s expensive, but for the right cat family, it’s also kind of perfect.

$499 at Shop Hiddin

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Charles Manning

Charles Manning is an actor, writer, and fashion/media consultant living in New York City with his two cats, Pumpkin and Bear. Follow him on Instagram @charlesemanning.