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Kitten Caboodle

Cat's meow, hot line, road show.

This story appears in the July 1998 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

For get-ahead gift retailers, it may be time to get catty. From wild and exotic to cute and cuddly, are making their paw prints on the . Gift & Stationery magazine's managing editor,Christopher Gigley, says are perennially popular themes. Now cats, arguably 's number-one pet, are getting their day in the sun, frolicking across everything from pillows and soap to stained glass.

Bonnie Sewell's gift design company, Bonnie Sewell Designs, has increased its focus on things feline over the past several years with a line of dolls that includes kittens dressed for the holidays (think Santa Paws) and cat-shaped door stops (below). "People can relate to cats no matter what kind of cats they are," says Sewell. As gifts go, cat lovers are among the easier customers to please because they're not as breed-specific.

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