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Pet-Pleasing Holiday Gifts: Shopping Tips for the Dog or Cat in Your Life

With Halloween in the past and Thanksgiving looming, the Christmas shopping season is in full swing and it’s time to put together your holiday shopping list. If there’s a pet in the family, or in a family you’re buying for, you may not be planning to spring for canine or feline Christmas goodies, but chances are your conscience and the spirit of the season will get the better of you in the end, so you might as well cross it off your list now.

Here are a few pet gift ideas to help get you started.

 

The personal touch

Why shouldn’t a cat or dog have a sense of identity? What better way to give it to them than with a personalized food dish? A lovely ceramic food or water dish with your favorite pet’s name along the side is a nice addition to your home … and makes it unlikely that anyone will mistake it for a salad bowl. You can even customize the font size and style.

 

Christmas collar

If Fluffy or Fido is walking around with a frayed, beaten-up, or ill-fitting collar, Christmas is the perfect time to replace it with a brightly colored holiday collar made of soft leather. They come in all sizes, so whether you’re buying for a Mastiff or a Shih Tzu, there’s one for your pet. He’ll be the envy of his four-legged peers this holiday season.

 

Interactive dog feeder

If your pet has a problem with overeating, you need some means of regulating how much he can get his chops on at mealtime. An interactive dog feeder is just the gift. The food goes into the frame, and he accesses it by pawing and nosing at the apparatus, releasing food through openings at different points. It’s a popular item among veterinarians whose patients tend to overeat, and it can be adjusted for dog food of different sizes.

 

Climbing tree

Cats love to climb and scratch, but it doesn’t have to be on your furniture. A cat tree can provide your feline plenty of exercise and entertainment and even a spot to rest. Before making a purchase, make sure you read reviews on available designs and features, and account for cost and assembly time.

 

Chew time

Dogs and cats have been known to gnaw on some awfully strange objects, and often, things they shouldn’t be chewing. Pillows, laptops, toes … anything’s fair game. If you need help in the chewing department, check out the Kong line of “extreme” dog toys. The new entry for this holiday season is a tire-shaped piece of hard rubber that’s ideal for fetch or tug-o-war, and won’t easily succumb to the hardest of jaws and sharpest of teeth.

 

Pet bedding

Some pet owners prefer having their pet crawl in bed with them at night. If you’re not one of them, a new comfy pet bed can be a great Christmas gift for you and your furry friend. Available in many sizes, an oval design and treated fabric make this an accommodating and rugged sleep space for any pet, and it’ll keep you from having to keep tossing the family dog or cat out of bed at night.

 

Two-way camera

Do you sometimes find yourself wondering how your dog is getting along while you’re at work? With a two-way camera, you can keep tabs anytime you want. A two-way, 1080-pixel camera makes it easy. As long as you have a WiFi signal and a power source, the camera, which has a special “bark” sensor, can send an alert to your phone when the pooch starts to get a little too rambunctious at home.

 

A pet gift is a fun way to involve your pet in the holiday fun this season, so don’t forget him as you start crossing items off your shopping list.

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