We all have that one novelty cat item. You know the one, usually given by a friend who followed one of those lists of "10 awesome things to get your cat lover friend." Maybe you have cat butt magnets sticking out of your fridge, or cat butt coasters under your mugs of catnip tea (seriously, what's with all the cat butts?). Weird cat-themed products are everywhere you look.
But sometimes you come across a cat product that's intended for cats to use (or for you to use with your cat). When this happens, you're left wondering if someone actually thought this would be a good idea. And whether it's a gag gift or for real. ...And where you can get one. For a friend, of course.
photo by @rioccd28
Here are five of our favorite weird cat products that left us scratching our heads:
Crafting with Cat Hair
What do you do with all the fur your cat sheds? Do you throw it out? What a waste. There are so many fun things you can do with cat fur! The artistically inclined of us here can gather the fur and turn it into book covers, tote bags, and so many other crafts that are in no way creepy at all.
The full title of this book is "Crafting with Cat Hair: Cute Handicrafts to Make with Your Cat." Really it should be "Cute Handicrafts to Make out of Your Cat," since your cat's only role in this activity will be to shed enough fur for you to make a finger puppet version of him.
image from Amazon
Ever felt like you needed to feel closer to your cat? Us too. Ever felt like you needed to feel closer to your cat by pretending to groom him with an oversized tongue held between your teeth? ...Yeah, us neither. Still, over 2,000 people liked the idea enough to put their money where their mouths are, so to speak: the project was backed on Kickstarter, and you can now preorder it. Lick your cat, like a cat. You know it's what's been missing from your life.
image from Kickstarter Lick Brush
Inflatable Unicorn Horn for Cats
This product claims to "make your cat extraordinary," and declares that "cats love it!" although the cat in the photo looks like he's already plotting his revenge. If the reviews are to be believed, putting this magical unicorn horn on your cat will turn him into a mystic creature that rules over his kingdom (ie the front yard), poops chocolate chip cookies, and doubles as a pet narwhal. Comes in two colors: white, and evil.
image from Amazon
Dictator Scratching Post and Litter Box
Your cat's scratching post takes up a lot of space in your house. Why not use it as a centerpiece and a political statement? The Pussycat Riot can help you make that happen, with the dictator scratching post and litter box! The dictator scratching posts are "painstakingly handcrafted," and take over 200 hours to be made. All so that your cat can tear them to shreds in his own protest of internet censorship. Litter boxes are sold out at the time of writing, but you can own your very own miniature Vladimir Putin or Kim Jung-un for just €4,500 (around $5,000).
image from The Pussycat Riot
Sasquatch Pet Beds
If your cat loves shoes, he'll love the Sasquatch line of pet beds. Shaped like - you guessed it - giant shoes, these pet beds are perfect for small dogs or cats who lack shame. We're not sure why you'd want to have a giant fluffy croc-like slipper in your room, but to each his own. Anyway, maybe this one is best left for the dogs: you know your cat will just enjoy the box more.
image by Sasquatch