Grab your feline friend this Sunday the 8th August, for it's International Cat Day! Originally created in 2002 by the International Fund of Animal Welfare, this day is to celebrate and raise awareness for cats, and to learn about ways to help and protect them. Our feline friends are one of humanity’s oldest and most beloved pets. Did you know that we have about half a billion cats among us? Owning a cat has been shown to improve mental health and to relieve stress, anxiety, and depression. So, whether you, your family or your friends own a cat, it’s time to roll out the red carpet, grab the catnip and spoil your furry friend!
To celebrate this momentous occasion, we’ve pulled together a Top 10 list of the best cat puzzles in our collection:
10 - Gerty’s Garden Retreat (1000 pieces)
In at number 10 we have Gerty’s Garden Retreat. A trip to the garden centre is never a quiet affair when these cheeky cats are around! As Sid the ginger tom inspects the spider plant, Beryl and Dougie take over the yellow armchair. In this 1000 piece jigsaw, artist Linda Jane Smith has filled every inch with colour, making every puzzle piece unique.
9 - Abbey’s Antique Shop (1000 pieces)
When Abbey adopted Ralph the tabby cat, she expected help with her Antique Shop’s rodent problem. What she didn’t realise was the pre-loved cushions in the shop window make the perfect place for an afternoon nap, especially when the sun is streaming through the windowpane! Artist Steve Read has the incredible ability to capture our favourite pets in the most humorous manner! His unique style and comical scenes make his puzzles a firm Gibsons’ favourite.
8) Snoozing on the Ted (1000 pieces/250XL)
Steve Read is back again at number 8, to tell the story of when four little kittens found their way into the toy cabinet. There is so much in here to capture their interest, including a dolly, a robot, enticing kite strings and a spinning top. Which mouse should they choose - a still wooden one or a lively real one? But the biggest attraction of all is a big soft-bellied Ted, which is oh-so-comfy for snoozing on! This playful puzzle is available in both 1000 pieces and 250XL.
7) Puss in Books (1000 pieces)
Number 7 sees artist Judith Yates making her Gibsons debut with this comical 1000 piece puzzle, where she imagines what it would be like if cats could write novels. There are a few titles we might find on our bookshelves that could make for purrfect reading! Yates certainly didn’t fall short with the details – from a cat on a good luck card to a miniature version of the Siamese, what’s not to love about this one?
6) Feline Frenzy (1000 pieces)
Quickly nipping out to gather a vase of fresh roses before her guests arrive was not one of Anna’s wisest decisions in our number 6 puzzle. As she absentmindedly trims her rose bush, her clowder of cats is wreaking havoc in the living room. From climbing the curtains to spilling some tea, Steve Read has captured the mischief perfectly in this brilliantly colourful puzzle.
5) Mad Catter’s Tea Party (1000 pieces/250XL)
We have another Linda Jane Smith masterpiece at number 5, which sees these kitties making the most of this mad tea party! With topsy turvy tea cups and oodles of sweet treats, there’s plenty of food for everyone to enjoy! Everywhere you look there’s something fascinating going on in this colourful creation, which is available in both 1000 pieces and 250XL.
4) Snoozing in the Shed (1000 pieces/500XL)
Coming in at number 4, we have another Steve Read special. It appears that the cat doesn’t need to be away for the mice to play! Whilst the tabby takes a snooze in the sun-strewn shed, the cheeky mice take full advantage and tuck into the free corn. This peacefully playful puzzle is available in both 1000 pieces and 500XL.
3) Cats (12XL pieces)
Number 3 is one from our The Piecing Together Collection, which was created to provide those living with dementia, limited fine motor skills or visual impairments with a fun activity that can be enjoyed alone or with a loved one. Around 50 million people are estimated to be living with dementia around the world, a disease that can be isolating for both the sufferer and their family members, friends, or carers. This is a gorgeous 12 piece puzzle illustrated by Lisa Alderson, and includes everyone’s favourite breeds, from a Tabby to a British Shorthair.
2) Famous Felines (1000 pieces)
At a very close second, we have one from our White Logo Collection created by Pimlada Phuapradit. The White Logo Collection is our collection of design-led jigsaw puzzles that are perfect for puzzlers who are looking for quirky, contemporary designs rather than traditional puzzle scenes. What could be more purr-fect than immortalising these litter-ary greats, hiss-torical figures and altogether paw-some kitties in jigsaw puzzle form?
1) Writer’s Block (1000 pieces)
And our winner is Writer’s Block! There are many reasons why this is our favourite...the terrific puns that can be found on the bookshelves, the cheeky kittens causing chaos and of course, the expression on the retriever's face as he desperately peeks inside! This puzzle by Steve Read is a pleasure to piece together and the perfect gift for any cat lover.