It isn’t always easy finding the purrrfect gifts for your pets. With so many cool products available, how is a pet parent to choose? To make shopping for your pets a little easier this holiday season, I wanted to share some of my and my pets’ favorite gift ideas.
As you can tell from my Facebook page, I love dressing up my photogenic Boxer. If he wasn’t embarrassed enough, ©Ruff Ruff and Meow now make a line of pet and human clothing so he can wear the same clothes as his pet mom! Ruff Ruff and Meow has fashionable tank tops and bandanas for dogs and the humans that dress them. Go to their website, www.ruffruffandmeow.com, to find out more and see their selection.
Oski loves to go on walks and he likes to look sharp. Whenever he wants that “GQ” look, he wears his matching collar and leash from Hartman & Rose. They have an extensive selection of fashion-forward collars and leashes for today’s fashionista pets. And when he wants to go for the hip look he wears his fancy collar from Hollywood Collars. To browse these collections, go to visit www.hartmanandrose.com and www.hollywoodcollars.com.
Oski understands that sometimes practicality trumps fashion. When hiking at the beach or in the mountains, nothing beats the Water Walker™ leash from The Refined Canine. Besides being a retractable leash that lets him explore, it contains a built-in water bottle and water bowl. It also holds waste disposal bags (i.e. poop bags) so you’re never caught empty-handed. Find it at www.therefinedcanine.com.
Elf’s name should have been Peter Pan because he’s my mischievous 2-year-old Devon Rex that never grew up. So I’m not surprised that his choice for the purrrfect gift is a toy. Like most cats, Elf loves laser pointers. Unfortunately, he never seems to get tired and wants to keep playing even after I’m pooped. FroliCat™ has come up with the perfect solution. Bolt™ is an interactive laser toy with an automatic mode that entertains your cat by directing laser lights randomly. If your cat eventually gets tired or bored, it will turn itself off automatically in 15 minutes. Bolt™ not only helps bring out your cat’s inner kitten, it keeps them healthy by promoting active play. Just remember not to shine it in your pet’s eyes and keep it away from young children. Learn more at www.frolicat.com.
As my oldest (and wisest) cat, Ling understands the value of a good nap. That’s why he chose The Refined Feline’s Catemporary Cat Castle™ as his holiday pick. The Catemporary Cat Castle provides the perfect place for an afternoon nap. It also has plenty of room for my other cats to play, climb, or hide. Known for making attractive cat furniture, The Refined Feline has a wide selection of stylish cat towers, cat beds, scratching posts, and cat shelves. Go to their website, www.therefinedfeline.com, to see their selection.
Why should Oski be the only fashionable pet in the family? Starlite doesn’t think so, that’s why she chose a high fashion collar for her holiday pick. Hollywood Collars has a wide selection of fashionable collars for your pampered cats and dogs. My daughter had great fun picking a cute collar for her fashionable feline.
What makes the perfect stocking stuffer for your pet? Oski likes getting something fun, like a dog toy. His favorites are Kong™ chew toys. How can you go wrong with a toy that allows you to stuff it with yummy food treats? Kong™ chew toys are good for their teeth and gums and helps keep them entertained. Dogs love trying to figure out how to get to the treats and enjoy the rewards of their persistence. And for my cats, what’s better than an entertaining and engaging DVD made just for your cat’s viewing pleasure? Pet Acoustics’ Cats See and Play DVD features music and eye stimulating video guaranteed to have your cats entertained for hours. For more info about these stocking stuffers go to www.kongcompany.com and www.PetAcoustics.com.
I love being active with Oski and taking him to the beach or mountains, but I don’t like that doggy smell. That’s why I chose Aroma Paws™ Lavender Chamomile Shampoo and Conditioner in One as my holiday pick. It comes in a variety of scents, but I really like the lavender scent because after a bath Oski smells like a day spa. Aroma Paws™ has a wide selection of chemical-free all natural pet grooming products. Check-out their website to find-out what else they offer: www.aromapaws.com.
My choice for my favorite gift is obvious to anyone who has an indoor cat and hates scooping litter. As the parent of three cats and two kids, I feel I have changed enough diapers and scooped enough poop to last 5 lifetimes. While the only silver lining for the human kids is waiting till they’re potty trained, there is an immediate solution for my feline kids. Automatic litter boxes do the scooping for you. My two favorites are The Litter-Robot™ and ScoopFree™ automatic litter boxes. Both keep the litter box clean by automatically removing waste after each use. But I’m not the only fan of an automatic litter box because I know my cats love having a litter box that’s always squeaking clean. Learn more at www.scoopfree.com and www.litter-robot.com.
If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian – they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.
Top Trending Holiday Gifts (According to SPCA Pets)
This holiday season, many of us are shopping for gifts for our own pets! But the pet stores have so many options - how can you choose? Luckily, our pets at the SPCA have their paws on the pulse! We thought you might like to know what the SPCA's official Trend Forecasters think will be popular gifts for pets this year.
So we asked SPCA pets: What are the hot gifts of the season? Here's what they recommend!
- Tennis balls.
- More tennis balls.
- Different color tennis balls.
- However many tennis balls you have, you probably need a few more.
- Soft toys.
- Squeaky toys.
- Rope toys.
- Ball toys.
- Puzzle toys.
- Agility set.
- Hot dogs.
- Actually anything that could be considered food.
- And probably some assorted toys to replace the ones that exploded in the first 30 seconds (definitely have no idea how that happened, by the way).
- Many soft blankets for napping upon.
- Bulk quantities of ball toys so that you'll never run out as they begin vanishing into the great black hole behind the couch.
- Lots and lots of canned food.
- A self-scratcher for easy, 24/7 cheek rubs.
- Cardboard boxes in various shapes and sizes.
- A gentlemanly woven turtleneck sweater, perhaps in lovely hand-spun alpaca wool.
- Grass-fed, free-range 100% beef jerky treats.
- Memory foam elevated dog bed. High-thread-count sheets are a must.
Kevin would like:
- Things to chew on.
- Things to hide in that he can also chew on.
- For that cat over there to please stop looking at him like that.
- Now that he thinks about it - a nice sturdy, cat-proof enclosure.
Sometimes it's the little things that make an unfamiliar place feel safe and welcoming. While our pets are only here with us temporarily, this can often be a stressful process for them and we always aim to provide the creature comforts that keep them happy and enriched as they await their forever homes.
If you want to give a gift that's meaningful for any animal-lover and that supports SPCA programs, including anything from providing toys and treats to funding life-saving medical care, shop through our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide . All proceeds from your purchase will fund SPCA supplies, rescue expenses, and medical costs.
Each sponsorship includes a special holiday card and a gift certificate explaining the impact your gift has made for our homeless pets. These sponsorships make great gifts for even the hardest to shop for, and are sure to touch the heart of your recipient.
On behalf of all our pets, thank you for your kindness and generosity this holiday season!
Holiday Gift Guide 2020: The Best Wellness Gifts For Pets (And Pet Lovers)
If you're looking to buy something for a pet parent or your own furbaby, you've come to the right place! From high-tech trackers and fancy water fountains to grooming kits, here are the best wellness essentials that will help keep your furry friends healthy and happy (and make caring for them a whole lot easier):
Whistle GO Explore Tracker
Keep tabs on your pet's whereabouts and their health status at all times with this multipurpose tracker from Whistle. You can also use this device to set and track their fitness goals based on their age, breed and weight. To top it all off, the tracker can withstand water for 30 minutes. Note that you'll need to buy the Whistle 360º Plan separately ($95.40 for a year). To get started, activate the plan via the Whistle app, put the tracker on your pet's collar and you're all set.
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Jinx's limited-edition Weekender Wag Bag is the perfect holiday present for pet parents who frequently travel with their doggo. The bundle includes a 4 lb bag of Jinx Superfood Kibble (available in three different flavors), plant-based biscuit treats (Pumpkin & Apple flavor), a portable water bowl and a doggy tennis ball for on-the-go playtime. The set comes in a sturdy oversized travel bag which is spacious enough to store your pup's favorite toys and a roll of poop bags along with the goodies.
Skouts Honor Probiotic Grooming Essentials Kit
Skouts Honor's grooming essentials combo is an ideal wellness gift for both cats and dogs. The set features a no-tears shampoo and conditioner that gently cleans and moisturizes the skin and coat, leaving your pet's fur soft, silky and smooth. It also includes a deodorizing spray that hydrates and deodorizes the skin and fur for a fresher, better-smelling pet in between washes. Both grooming essentials are enriched with topical probiotics to support a healthy microbiome to defend against common skin problems such as itching, odor, dryness, dandruff, hot spots, yeast and excessive shedding.
SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder
SureFeed's portion-control feeder is ideal for overweight pets or multi-pet households where one pet steals others' food. It's also a great feeding solution for pets with medical conditions that require close monitoring of their diet. The feeder is connected to an app that allows the pet parents to monitor their furriend's eating habits. Plus, the feeder is activated via the pet's microchip or RFID collar tag to keep them from stealing other pet's food. Besides, it has removable parts for easy cleanup. What's not to like?
ThunderShirt is a must-have for all pet owners who have sensitive or anxious pets. The weighted vest applies constant gentle pressure on the pet's body—similar to swaddling—to soothe fear and anxiety in stressful situations ( like vet visits, fireworks, traveling, etc.). The anxiety-busting vest comes in a variety of sizes and colors and it's available for both cats and dogs.
EQyss Elite Detangling Spray
EQyss' vegan detangling spray is a must-have for pets with long fur. Fortified with pet-safe botanicals like lavender extract and grape seed oil, the multitasking spray hydrates and conditions the fur, making it easier to brush. Its formula also features pomegranate seed oil and sunflower seed oil to provide UV protection while brown algae extract gives a healthy shine to their coat.
This innovative fountain from Catit is ideal for pets who are picky drinkers. It has three flow settings (gentle water flow, a bubbling top and calm streams) to encourage your furbaby to stay hydrated. Made of BPA-free material, the drinking fountain also features a Triple Action filter that removes debris and other impurities from the water—ensuring your pet drinks only clean water, which helps keep urinary tract diseases at bay.
Wellness Kittles Natural Grain-Free Crunchy Cat Treats
Wellness Kittles grain-free cat treats are one of the best quality snack options for cats with food allergies. Packed with high-quality protein, healthy fats and antioxidants sourced from chicken and other meats blended with real fruit and vegetables extract, these natural treats not only taste "berry" good but also help your cat eat a well-balanced diet. Plus, they are made without any artificial ingredients. Moreover, its crunchy texture promotes good oral health by helping scrub tartar and plaque from their teeth while chewing. Wellness Kittles cat treats are available in six different flavors (Chicken and Cranberries, Turkey and Cranberries, Salmon and Cranberries, Whitefish and Cranberries, Tuna and Cranberries and Duck and Cranberries)—so your feline friend will be spoilt for choices.
Greenies Dog Dental Treats—Teenie
These high-protein dental chews from Greenies are perfect for your doggo's at-home oral care. Its chewy texture helps remove plaque and tartar build-up even from hard-to-reach places, leaving your pet with healthier, cleaner teeth and fresher breath. In addition, the easy-to-digest treats are fortified with vitamins and other vital nutrients that are essential for optimal canine health. Greenies dog dental chews are available in five flavors (Original, Blueberry, Fresh, Pumpkin and Gingerbread) and four sizes (Teenie, Petite, Regular and Large). They also have a grain-free option for pets with food allergies.
Hertzko Self Cleaning Slicker Brush
This bestselling grooming brush from Hertzko is a favorite among pet parents for a reason. It gently untangles stubborn knots and removes loose hair and dander from your pet's coat, leaving their fur sleek and smooth. Its unique bristles can easily penetrate even thick fur so it's suitable for grooming long hair breeds too. And the best feature is its automatic retraction button which instantly pulls back the bristles back into the brush letting the loose fur and dander fall right off from the brush for hassle-free cleanup.
So, what are you waiting for? Get shopping!
Holiday Gifts for Pets
Pets of all shapes, sizes, and species often become treasured members of the family, and what better way to include them in holiday celebrations than with gifts of their own? Choosing the right gift for your pet is harder than just grabbing the latest seasonal trinket, however, and it is important that all gifts for pets be appropriate and safe.
Top Holiday Gifts for Pets
Your pets will feel the excitement of any holiday when there are new visitors to greet, special holiday recipes to smell, and new activities all around. To keep that excitement going, get your pet a gift they can really enjoy, such as:
- Toys: Toys are always top holiday gift choices, particularly items that are colored or themed to match the holiday. Puzzle-style toys can keep your pet interested as they seek out hidden treats, and any new toy will provide great stimulation to keep them happy. Be sure all toys are safe for your pet, however, including the appropriate size to avoid choking or other problems.
- Food: From gourmet, seasonal treats to new chew bones to a special, tasty meal, food is always a great gift. Do not change your pet's diet drastically for the holiday, however, because the gift of digestive trouble and stomach problems they may give back to you won't be quite as welcome. Similarly, avoid giving pets human treats that may be toxic or dangerous to them.
- Supplies: Any holiday can be a great occasion to give your pet new or upgraded supplies, such as a new leash, a new litter box or scratching post, more elaborate tunnel structures for their cage, perches for pet birds, or any other items you've been meaning to purchase. Even though the gifts may be more practical than fun, they will still be appreciated by a well-cared-for pet.
- Space: Pets will feel more comfortable and at ease if they have their own space during a hectic holiday. A new, clean bed, cage, or tank is a good gift choice, or for more elaborate presents, an outdoor run, cat-patio, or play area can be a great option that the pet will enjoy long after the holiday.
- Grooming: Good grooming is essential for a pet's health, and it can help them look their best for a holiday. Invest in a good bath, clipping if necessary, nail trim, and other grooming essentials to help your pet feel better, and don't forget a few holiday photos to show off their spiffiness.
- Attire: Different types of clothes for pets are always popular holiday gifts, and practical items such as booties to help an elderly pet gain traction on a slippery floor, a rain coat for a pet that loves to be outside, a sweater or jacket for cold weather, or even a life jacket for boating pets can all be great choices to help pets enjoy different activities.
The Best Gift of All
The single best gift for a pet is your love. Even though schedules can be hectic during holidays, take the time to play with your pet, cuddle them, and otherwise let them know you haven't forgotten about them. That gift will keep on giving as they return your affection all year round.