Gift Basket For New Cat Parents

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A year and a half ago we adopted our two cats, Boomer and Peaches, from someone who had rescued them after they were abandoned in a park. Our two little fur babies have added a lot of love to our home and I’m so thankful for that.

Though I had cats growing up, it wasn’t until I became a pet parent as an adult that I realized just how many things that cats required. There were the obvious things we had to buy, like cat food and litter, but then also things I hadn’t thought about. Things like tags for their collars and carpet cleaner became must-have items on my list.

I decided to create a special gift basket for a new pet parent with all the essentials they would need before taking their cats home.

The first thing I did was find a basket big enough for all my items and then add in a pet bed to the bottom of it. Though my cats rest wherever they please, it’s always nice to have a comfy place for them to nap. They love their cat tree but, for most cats, a cat bed placed in any sunny spot will do and it’s small enough to fit into the basket.

The next item I put in the basket was STAINMASTER® Carpet Pet Stain Remover which is perfect for the inevitable pet messes that will happen on your rugs and carpeted areas. I never realized just how much this would come in handy. It removes stubborn pet stains but also can be used on everyday stains. I’ve used it to clean up a number of accidents and hairballs along with spills due to overexcited cats (like those times when my cats are chasing each other and one jumps up on the coffee table and knocks a cup down on to the rug…)  Not only does this remove stains but it has ODOR REMOVE™ Technology that eliminates odors and leaves behind an invisible shield as it cleans so that it repels dirt to protect against re-soiling which means it’s easier to clean the next time. It’s also nice because it doesn’t leave a sticky residue behind.

Another thing I like to add in to the gift basket are cat treats. For a pretty look just put the treats into a clear cellophane bag and tie it closed with a colorful string. Catnip is also a fun addition to the basket and can be added to scratching posts, toys and a variety of other pet items you want to draw your cat’s attention, too.

And speaking of toys, you’ll want to add in some of those! I included some cute little mice and a yarn ball to keep active kittens entertained.

Other PURRfect essentials I added include a water bowl, a lint roller to get cat hair off of clothes, and a brush. You may also want to include an air freshener for them to put near the litter box, a collar and a little note with the recommendation of a veterinarian you love.

Whether it’s a gift for someone bringing a little kitten home for the first time or you are adopting a cat yourself, check out the great selection of pet products at Target! I found the STAINMASTER Carpet Pet Stain Remover in the cleaning aisles by the other floor cleaners in the Orland Park, IL Target. (It is not available at all Target locations, but is available online. Click here to find it, or have it shipped for free, to your local Target store.)

Also, make sure to use Target’s Cartwheel app to save 25% on STAINMASTER Carpet Pet Stain Remover (Cartwheel offer good through 3/4). The only thing better than wandering the aisles of Target is saving money on what you find while you are there :)

What would you add to a gift basket for a new pet parent?


  1. OMG! I am totally making this for my friend that just adopted a cat! It’s her first pet and this idea is BRILLIANT! I like that stain remover, too – she’s a neat freak and will appreciate it!

  2. There’s all sorts of fun things in that basket! A friend of mine just got a new cat and it would be fun to give her something as a little gift. This is very cute.

  3. What a great idea for new cat parents! STAINMASTER® Carpet Pet Stain Remover is the perfect addition to your gift basket!! #client

  4. Reesa Lewandowski says

    I have a few friends who just got kittens, so I will have to make something like this for them! Such a sweet idea!

  5. I’m so glad with the pets and kids that we got rid of the carpet and went to tile. I still use the stain remover on my couches though.

  6. What a fun idea! My cat used to love those little mouse toys. Plus, cartwheel really does save so much money!

  7. Sarah Bailey says

    This looks like the perfect basket for new kitty parents. It has everything that they could need to get started.

  8. The Cartwheel app does save money and if it helps with supplies even better. What a great basket!

  9. So many people think about giving items to new parents but this is ultra sweet. Pet parents are new parents too!

  10. I really like this gift basket idea. We are always giving gifts to parents of a newborn so why not do the same for cat parents.

  11. I have to make one of these! One of my good friends just got a kitten, and I think she’d love this.

  12. Amy Desrosiers says

    I could use some of this carpet cleaner for my dog. She does not really go upstairs in my room which is carpeted, but the one time she did, she pooped on my carpet!!! I am scared to let her back up!

  13. Elizabeth Lampman says

    This would be a great gift for a friend of mine. She just adopted two kittens this weekend. These are all great products.

  14. My cats would love this basket. I am always looking for new products for them to try. This is perfect for a new cat owner.

  15. Now this gift basket has some super useful stuff! I love our cats but the stain remover is a must-have!

  16. Wow what a fantastic hamper!

  17. Great tips!! I love this idea! Such a sweet gift for new cat parents!

  18. What a great gift idea for a new animal parent!

  19. what a beautiful gift basket for a new feline parent! I can’t think of a better way to show a new cat parent how much you care for them and their new addition than with this type of present! So thoughtful and useful!

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