Raffle Basket Ideas for Cat Lovers
Appeal to Cat Owners
There are many cat lovers in the world (yippee!). Why not cater to them when the next basket bingo, charity auction, or “Sunshine Club” fundraising request comes your way. Here is how to make a raffle basket which cat owners cannot resist.
The Raffle Box
The classic, simple box.
We are accustomed to seeing a raffle basket contained in, well, a basket. However, since this is a cat lover basket, the truly daring or purists could use –> a new, unused plastic litter pan. Product stickers and perhaps a bow on top will certainly assure bidders that this is indeed a new receptacle!
Catnip and Treats
I have had great results sharing Cosmic Catnip with my brood!
Food Items for Cat Basket
Every cat family has a brand of choice for the wet and/or dry foods for its darlings. Sometimes the food may be prescribed by the veterinarian. Therefore, I would not include "staple" food for the basket. However, this does not preclude one from including TREATS! Little packs of chicken or beef laced with catnip can be loads of fun for the feline and its family. Also, include a bag of dried catnip leaves for the owner to sprinkle where desired.
Simple and wonderful.
When God decided that one of his creatures needed to be an expert scratcher, He made CATS. They certainly do an excellent job, don't they? And not always in places where we humans would like. Therefore, we try to re-direct the scratching. I have placed cardboard scratch pad "refills" around my home without the plastic containers for them. My cats still use them without objecting to the spartan (I prefer to think of it as simple and utilitarian) presentation. Of course, a teeny sprinkling of catnip makes them extremely attractive.
Here are some scratching place items which could easily fill the cat lover's raffle basket: a cardboard scratch pad refill or a piece of fabric (such as jute and sisal) designed for a workout from a feline. I have seen the cardboard pads in circular and rectangular shapes and also in curves.
Play with Me
If you are a cat person, you probably know what these are. Little stuffed mousies (often infused with a dab of catnip), feathers on wands, tiny balls are great toys. A cat toy usually is something which keeps moving, thus resembles live prey and appeals to the hunting instinct. A laser light is also loads of fun for the human and feline family members.
Clothing and Accessories
Here we get into a potential sticky wicket, because cats, as a rule, are not overly concerned with pleasing their humans the way dogs are. Furthermore, cats generally feel that their own luxurious coat of fur is quite adequate, thank you very much. However, the collar with or without a bell is worn by some cats. So, why not throw one into the cat basket? If the basket giving is close to a holiday, you might include a costume - expecting it to be worn for maybe 30 minutes.
For Mom and Dad
Of course, the proud adult parents will enjoy picture frames in which to display photos of their precious pals. These can be traditional or magnetic for the refrigerator or digital. Cat lover sorts of bumper stickers and car magnets could also be included in the basket.
If your raffle basket still needs some rounding out, how about a book about cats? It could be non-fiction infio-stocked or a tender narrative.
Feel Free to Elaborate on these Ideas
I hope this helps the next time you are called upon to creats a gift basket or fundraising collection. Happy Gifting!
Photos and text copyright 2013 Maren E. Morgan.
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