Christmas Gift Ideas For Dogs & Cats

With Christmas just around the corner, you’ve probably already given some thought to the gifts you want to get for your family and friends. Maybe you’ve even started shopping. But have you considered what to give your faithful furry family members? If you’re blessed with a dog and/or a cat in your life and you’re not sure what to get them, here are a few suggestions.

Heated Pet Bed

Available for dogs and cats, the heated pet bed is an ideal Christmas present for those living in colder climates. After a brisk walk outside in a winter wonderland, your fur baby can come home and warm up in style. Heated from the base through a heating pad, these special beds are designed to use very little power, making them safe to be left on for hours on end. They are available from websites such as in a wide range of styles and colours to suit any dog or cat.

Pet Sweater

Also available in a variety of colours and styles, adorable sweaters are an essential part of your small dog’s winter wardrobe if they spend any amount of time outside in cold temperatures. Wearing a sweater indoors during the winter months may also increase your pup’s feeling of well-being, especially light-bodied toy breeds and other dogs with thin or close-cropped hair. As always, monitor your little guy or girl for signs of overheating. Cats, on the other hand, generally don’t require a sweater or jacket because their natural coat holds in heat and helps to regulate their body temperature. If you’re bound and determined to play dress-up with a kitty, get yourself a hairless breed like a Sphynx or a cat that has recently been shaved, usually for either medical or grooming purposes. They could actually benefit from wearing a sweater or a jacket when it’s chilly outside.

Seasonal Pet Treats

No doubt you look forward to the time-honoured tradition of turkey, stuffing, and eggnog during the holidays every year, so treat your loveable little loved one to a taste of the season as well. You can buy rawhide candy canes or stockings stuffed with catnip, but if you really want to show your precious pet how much you love them, create something from the heart. There are recipes for gingerbread doggy snacks and even one for doggy eggnog that should get your favourite canine in the festive spirit. Those of the feline persuasion have much slimmer pickings, although Temptations offers a bobbling “Snacky Snowman” that you fill with treats and then watch your cat try to knock out.

Toys, Toys, and More Toys

The general rule of thumb when it comes to getting your pet a gift is this: when in doubt, buy a toy. Nowadays there are more options than ever when choosing a toy for your cat or dog, so there will be no shortage of ideas. If your kitty can’t get enough of chasing lights around on the floor, you may want to add the PetSafe Bolt Interactive Laser to Santa’s list, featuring an automatic mode that flashes random patterns for up to 15 minutes to keep your feline enthralled. On the canine side, you and your dog will both get a kick out of the “iPaw’d” plush toy; designed to look like your typical iPod or iPhone, it has a built-in squeaky that should keep your hound as entertained as you are on your phone.

These are just a handful of ideas to get you started. Whatever you decide to get your cat or dog for Christmas this year, be sure to make it a healthy and happy holiday.

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