With the holidays quickly rolling around, you might be wondering what you can go out and purchase to give the furry little critters in your life a happy holiday. They might be tired of the same old treats and toys. Luckily, there's a gift you can give your cat that will serve you both quite nicely, never get old or expire, and make your house or apartment look great!Commissioning a portrait of your cat
Having a portrait of your cat painted can seem strange at first, but is actually a fantastic gift for a cat. It can help the cat get used to the image of other cats in the house, make for a nice visual piece in their favorite playpen or litterbox, and be a long-lasting token of their impact on your life in the future.
Cat portraits can come in many different styles as well, covering a wide range from photorealistic images to cute little cartoon pictures of your cat or cats! You don't have to always opt for photorealism, so feel free to get something you think fits your cat's personality best.Affordability and Durability
One of the reasons that cat portraits are a surprisingly good gift is that they are particularly affordable as far as cat gifts go. Sure, food and toys might be cheaper on the surface, but they are not as long-lasting and need to be replaced. Compare this to cat portraits, which last forever as long as they are well taken care of and placed on a wall or shelf properly, and you can see how the toys, food, catnip, yarn, and other gifts that eventually need to be replaced can quickly become more expensive than something as simple as a decor piece such as a nice painting of your favorite furry critter.
You might be thinking that the upfront cost of a commissioned cat portrait will be very high. However, there is a wide price range for cat commissions, so finding one that's affordable shouldn't be too hard.Impact on your cat
The science is up in the air on whether or not cats can recognize themselves in images such as photographs, paintings, and the mirror. If it turns out to be true that they can, then that only further increases how great of a gift the cat portrait can be. However, even if they can not, that does not make a painting of your cat a bad gift by any stretch of the imagination.
The cat will at the very least recognize the image as being another cat. If your cat is particularly mean or anti-social, this could be an easy and safe way to start socializing your cat with other cats. This is particularly helpful if you plan on getting a second or third cat, and don't think your cat or cats is/are ready for that.Conclusion
If you're looking for a fun and unique gift for your cat, try out commissioning a professional, realistic painting of your furry best friend. Ditch the catnip, the yarn, and the toys, and move onto something more long-lasting and sentimental. This isn't just something your cat will always have, it's something you'll always have as well, so you can remember your favorite pet in the future. With all of these bonuses on top of the fact that a great cat painting can spice up the look of any room in your house, it kind of becomes a no brainer! So what are you waiting for? Find a great painter and have your kitty commissioned!