Cat Must Haves: Fall Shopping Guide

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CatsI’m known for having a lot of dogs, but you may not know that I have two indoor cats too. Their names are Boris and Natasha, and they were the first pets that Alan and I had as a couple. We rescued them over 16 years ago, and they are still happy and healthy. So, of course, I don’t want to forget about these two special kitties when it’s time to hand out pet-gifts (did you miss the Big Dog Shopping Guide?) Here are some Must-Haves that every cat deserves.


  1. Attack Cat SignCould be a joke, or could be the truth. Ever had your ankles scratched from under the sofa? Still a great sign you can order now and pick up at Petsmart.
  2. Motorized Cat Mobile ToyKeep your cat engaged anywhere you can find a door. Get some exercise for that indoor cat with Pioneer Pet Tiger Toy from Kohl’s.
  3. Paw Cleaning Litter MatClean the Litter off those paws as they step out of the litter box. Order it from Wayfair.
  4. Pounce ToyNatural Bamboo and canvas, natural and durable for lots of fun by Ore Originals from Nordstrom.
  5. Cat Paw Litter ScoopIf you must have that scoop hanging around, then at least make a statement! It’s an Ore Originals paw from Nordstrom.
  6. Catnip ShakerWow, a shaker of catnip! Sprinkle it on those special places, like scratching posts, or perches for a special treat. Buy this organic catnip at Abe’s Market.
  7. The Cat Whisperer BookSecrets on how to talk to your cat, if your cat is willing to listen, right? Give it a go – you never know. Find it at Petsmart.
  8. Heated Window Sill BedThe perfect window perch for your indoor cat and heated for the winter. Order it from Wayfair and have a happy cat!
  9. Kitty CaveEasy to clean, more colors available, cat bed and a little cat cave, all in one. Find it at Kohl’s.
  10. 1000 Piece Cat PuzzleDoes your cat sit on your work? Let them walk across this puzzle filled with cats. Pick this up for yourself or the cat lover in your life from Get Organized.
  11. Yoga Cats 18 month Wall CalendarReally, cats in asana poses? Up Cat, Down Cat, and mostly Corpse pose, right? World Market carries this great calendar you can use right away.
  12. Cat ShelfWall Art that doubles as shelves! Wayfair carries this fun series of cat perches.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Boombox Network . The opinions and text are all mine.

Weekly Reader: Christmas Shopping Inspiration

Have you ever read a great book, seen an inspiring movie, or heard a great joke, and thought, “I’ve got to share that!” Of course you have! Here are a few things from my Reader in the last week that inspired and motivated me, made me happy, sad, and angry, made my stomach growl, and made me laugh.

Seven Six (couldn’t quite get the post published on time) shopping days until Christmas! If you, like me, tend to procrastinate with your shopping, I have compiled a list of gift ideas from my favorite blogs. They were posted over the last several weeks, so if they list a sale price or special, be sure to confirm before you make the leap to purchase.


Who’d of thought a year ago that I’d be inspired by shopping in a baby store?

No Meat Athlete, The 2012 No Meat Athlete Holiday Gift Guide. Matt, Susan, and Doug, all No Meat Athlete contributors all listed their favorite gift items. You’ll find great choices for the athlete here, whether or not they are vegan.

MizFit, We Made the Gift Guide. While Carla’s post mentions her appearance on another gift guide, here is just the link to order the MizFit Workout Skirt and Sports Bra. They would make a great gift and all her proceeds go to a good cause, too.

Kitten a Go-Go, Christmas List 2012. Danielle tells it like it is and has posted her list of what she want for Christmas. Suits me, she has a bunch of fun choices.

JL Goes Vegan, Vegan Holiday Gift Guide. In this guest post, Jennifer provides a huge list of vegan gifts for all ages. If you have a plant based eater to buy for, this is a great resource.

Fun and Fit, Holiday Fitness Gift Guide. Alexandra and Kymberly have put together a great list for the fitness lover on your shopping list (or if you’re done shopping, I’ll bet you’ll find something fun for yourself!).

Girlie Girl Army, Gift Guide 2012. The vegan website to end all has a list of fun, vegan, and, well, girly items to choose from (and a few kind of weird ones).

Just the Food, Joni’s Top 10 Picks for this Holiday Season. A great vegan resource list from Joni, including books, kitchen tools, and even vegan caramels.

Oh She Glows, 2012 Holiday Gift Ideas. Angela also has a list of kitchen items, vegan food gifts, and more.

Run Wiki, 10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Runners. Seriously, when I saw Lisa’s list of gifts for runners, I kept saying, “I want that,” over and over again.

Racing Tales, Holiday Steals and Deals for Runners and Triathletes. Another great list for athletes, this time from Alison. She includes some discount codes, but like I said above, check to make sure they haven’t expired. Alison has another post, Running and Triathlon Books for the Holidays. Perfect for the athletic reader on your list.

Chef Amber Shea, Holiday Gift Guide: Cookbooks. Not only does Amber offer a list of vegan cookbooks, she also tells you a little about each one plus the type of person who would like each book. Tip: Check out Amber’s book, Practically Raw. It is a beautifully photographed, fun book that is excellent for those who want to try a little raw “cooking.”

Running for Dummies, Gifts for Runners (aka My Christmas Wish List). Lea tells it like it is. This is her Christmas wish list, and if you’re a runner I know you will find several items either to add to your own list, or to give another runner in your life.

Mommy Run Fast, 13 Homemade Edible Gift Ideas. Laura’s homemade granola would make an amazing personal gift. Plus she has done some rounding up of her own to create an imaginative list of edible gifts. FYI, some are vegan, some contain egg and/or dairy.

Lisa Runs For Cupcakes, My Christmas Wish List. Another great runner’s wish list, this time from Lisa. I think I need those Zensah leg sleeves too!

Lyl Mys Ninja, My Fitness Wishlist. Now Maria’s list for runners makes me want Pro Compression sleeves! Decisions, decisions. She’s got a lot of other great stuff on her list, too (love that Endorphin Warrior Training Jewelry).

Kate Moving Forward, Stocking Stuffers for the Fitness Enthusiast. I will admit that by the time I get to thinking about stocking stuffers, I’ve about had it with the Christmas shopping. Kate makes it easy by giving us some great ideas with a variety of price points.

I also hope that you will take a look at some of the folks that I work with here at Live from La Quinta.  At Amazon you can order by Wednesday with Super Saver shipping, and all the way through noon PST on Saturday with one day shipping. offers the lowest price guaranteed on a variety of yoga mats and other accessories. Abe’s Market is the online marketplace for great natural products (and they’re offering free shipping on everything through the end of the year!).

I think you all know that I love my Therafit shoes (I wear them everywhere these days!). I think they’d make a great gift for anyone who is a fitness enthusiast or just spends a lot of time on their feet. They are comfortable, supportive, and fashionable.

If I missed any posts that you think should be listed here, I apologize and hope that you will link up below in the comments. I still have some shopping to do!

Disclosure: I am an affiliate for Amazon, Abe’s Market, and Yoga Direct, so I may make a few cents if you purchase using the links. As for the Therafit shoes, I love them and I’m still wearing them, but FitFluential LLC compensated me for this Campaign.  All opinions are my own.