Like the rest of the family, pets deserve a gift or two this holiday season! However, it’s important to choose safe and appropriate presents for our furry friends.
If you’re planning on gifting a pet that belongs to a relative or a friend, there’s a wealth of toys, treats, and accessories available. In general, we recommend only gifting pet-specific items, just to ensure that they’re safe.
Here is our top 5 list of gift ideas for a pet lover this Christmas:
- Grooming date for their pet (ideally at their regular groomer)
- A commitment to housesitting their pet on their next weekend getaway
- Gift card from a pet store
- Appointment with a pet adoption home to explore the possibility of pet adoption
- A bag of their pets’ favourite treats (never goes wrong!)
Other creative things like a portable water dispenser or a paw print kit are also an option. If you want to invest in a more expensive gift, there is a large selection of pet monitor cameras for cats and dogs, so you can keep an eye on them when they’re home alone.
Things to watch out for
On the no-go side, if you’re not a pet owner yourself, you should know that many human foods can cause bloating, digestive issues, vomiting, or diarrhea in dogs and cats.
Chocolate, for example, is one of the best-known food hazards to dogs. Onions and garlic can be extremely harmful to a cat.
So, whatever you choose to give a furry friend for the holidays, we recommend it’s something specifically made for them.
You can find even more helpful gift ideas in our articles—there’s one specifically for your pooch, and another one for your pet-friendly human family members (and their dogs and cats too).
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