8 Gifts Your Dog or Cat Actually Wants for Christmas

Get your hand out of the bargain bin at the pet store, and check out these ideas instead. Your pet will thank you.

Ah, the joy of Christmas shopping.

If you’re anything like me, you’re still not done and starting to get more wild-eyed about it with every day that passes. You have friends and family, but what to get for that perfect pet?

Here are 8 creative ideas:

1. Homemade Treats

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Most homemade pet treats are pretty easy to make (some don’t even require baking), and you probably already have the ingredients. Whip up some treats, put them in a festive tin and you’re good to go.

Just be careful to read ingredient labels first. For example, some peanut butter manufacturers have recently added xylitol, which is toxic to pets.

Don’t Miss: 5 Pumpkin Treat Recipes

2. The Doggie Fountain

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Dogs often need water when they’re outside, particularly in hot weather. For those of us who are tired of refilling the water bowl, the Original Doggie Fountain is a creative solution.

The dog steps on the paw-marked panel and can supply his own water whenever he needs it.

3. PetChatz

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This device lets you video call your dog or cat from anywhere. You can also release a scent or a treat. Even better, your pet can call you.

4. Dog Treat Launcher

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When it comes to playing fetch, some dogs are tireless, so this gift might just be perfection. The Dog Treat Launcher is easy to use — just fill the container with your dog’s preferred treats and launch the treats up and away.

This will provide your dog with endless entertainment while you sit and relax. Well, at least until the treat container runs out.

5. Supercat Catnip Cave

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Cats are crazy for paper bags and catnip, and this gift provides the best of both worlds: a paper bag infused with catnip (affiliate link). The scent is released whenever the bag is rubbed or thrown about, and the bag will last for up to 6 weeks. This one’s going on my cat’s list for sure.

6. Yoga Mat for a Cat

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It sounds a little funny to say so, but this yoga mat from FelineYogi is perfectly designed for yoga lovers and their cats. While you bend and twist, your cat performs stretching exercises by playing with the attached catnip-filled twine ball.

The mat is made of a resilient surface to facilitate scratching with no mess involved. It’s also easy to transport, making it great for vet visits where the unforgiving tile floors can intimidate cats.

7. Personalized Pet Pillow

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Who doesn’t love pillows? Combine pillows and pets by getting a personalized pet pillow.

8. Gumby Dog Toy

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This Gumby dog toy looks just like the old rubber kids’ toy, but it’s soft plush and squeaky for canines.

Melissa Smith

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Melissa Smith, discussions manager for Petful, has been researching and writing about pet behaviors for several years. A longtime pet lover, she lives in Massachusetts with her teenage son, their cat Harrison and the spirit of their German shepherd named Gypsy. Melissa is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in multimedia design and hopes to adopt as many needy animals as she can.

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