Resolve Not to Buy Cheap Crap from China: 13 Etsy Shops for Cat Lovers

January 3, 2013 |

If you haven’t completed your New Year’s resolutions yet (mine usually aren’t done until mid-August), how about resolving not to buy cheap crap from China and insteaed, patronize crafters who put love and care into everything they make. To that end, we’ve put together 13 Etsy shops that cat lovers should favorite.

sheep wool felted rug for cats

Wrapt Cats is the go-to shop for sheep’s wool throws, beds and toys for your cat. Each is hand-crafted with love in the memory of Jesse who was born a barn cat and grew to be a once-in-a-lifetime feline companion. Jesse loved sleeping on wool sweaters, thus the inspiration for this cozy line.


Messymai produces art prints and other designs, most of which feature cats. The print above features a cat only tangentially, but it cracks me up, so I put it in. Here’s one of her cat brooches:

Her quirky designs always guarantee a smile.

Fatty B offers one-of-a-kind pet beds that function as standalone works of art.

Woolin Legends produces felted creatures — a lot of them cats — created from their own sheep’s wool. Shop owner Martha Fletcher is the author of Making Simple Felted Jewelry.

Has your cat joined the Shriners and needs a fez so he can ride in parades in one of those tiny cars and honk those annoying horns? Sarabi Rose makes tiny crocheted cat hats that must be seen to be appreciated. (Even so, your cat might not appreciate having to wear one.)

Feel like breading your cat but don’t want to deal with the crumbs? Here’s the crocheted answer. Yummy Pancake doesn’t offer a lot of cat items in her shop, but I couldn’t resist this one.

Sphynx Couture caters to fur-challenged cats and feline fashionistas. The designs range from practical to whimsical.

KCE knits
crafts custom-ordered wool cat caves in yummy colors and unique designs that will appeal to any burrowing kitty.

Jamie Shelman's dancing cats on etsy
Jamie Shelman
‘s Dancing Cat prints are full of feline energy, and she offers Christmas cat thank-you notes, too!

Is there a cat alive who’d say no to his own four-poster bed? Westbury Wood Works will custom make a single or bunk cat bed in your choice of colors.

Not a traditionalist? Spaghetteria creates industrial-style and vintage suitcase cat beds. LOVE!

The Flowerland Shop custom makes polymer clay cat necklaces from your photos. This makes a really nice rememberance gift for a cat lover who’s just lost a pet.

Flora Davis creates jewelry from cat hair. Her gorgeous blue-eyed boy, Gaia, gives up the goods to fuel her craft. Her work is not only distinctive, it’s the fodder for great cocktail pawty conversations!

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Karen Nichols is a Pet Industry Influencer, Publisher and Multimedia Designer in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has over 15 years of experience in the Internet Industry as a User Experience Analyst and Interaction Design Consultant. She's blogged professionally for nine years, and is a respected expert in social media, web analytics, online branding and Wordpress design and development. She's a popular speaker at pet industry conferences. In 2013, she won the BlogPaws social media awards for Best Cat Blog and Best video. In 2012, Karen won the Best Blog Design award for She was one of seven finalists in the national Purina Cat Chow Correspondent search in 2010. She has been a spokesperson for Friskies and judge of the 2012 "The Friskies" video contest, and a juror for the Internet Cat Video Festival. Karen is a member of the Cat Writer's Association, Women in the Pet Industry, the IAABC, The Interactive Design Association and the North Bay Multimedia Association.

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  1. Chris says:

    Oh my goodness.. I love the cat caves.. I think I saw the cat fur jewelry on Cats 101 before. The fez hat made me giggle so did the crocheted toast.. Love it! I will be sharing.. =^..^=

  2. patti says:


  3. Sara says:

    Thank you so much for featuring my custom cat necklaces!:D
    Great site!



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