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Best Holiday Gifts For Cats And Dogs


The Best Gifts For Your Furry Friends

The holidays are almost here and odds are you probably still have some shopping to do. While you’re checking off your favorite people on your list, don’t forget about your furry friends at home! Although our pets may not fully understand what holiday celebrations are or even why we celebrate them, that doesn’t mean they can’t be a part of the festivities! The holiday season is all about celebrating with friends and family. Our pets just so happen to be both of those things! Today we are going to talk about all the best holiday gifts for your faithful furry companions.

Why Buy Your Pet A Gift?

To many people, the idea of giving your cat or dog a gift is silly. However, to the dedicated pet lover, it’s a remarkable and thoughtful act of kindness. Let’s break it down a bit further. Why do we give each other gifts during the holidays? Regardless of your religion, ethnicity, or personal beliefs, everyone gives gifts for the same reason. It’s about showing appreciation, kindness, and love. We give to our family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers- so why not our pets? We do this to remind those closest to us that they are not only important to us, but we are grateful and thankful for them in  our lives. As the expression goes, “It’s the thought that counts.” You should give your dog or cat a gift this holiday because they are an important part of your life. Your pet won’t understand why you’re giving them a gift and they most likely won’t get you a gift in return. However, they will show appreciation in their own way as their immediate joy and happiness will be directly associated with you! 

For Your Spoiled Pooch

One of the best and simplest gifts to give your dog is a brand new toy. It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive so long as it’s one that your dog will enjoy playing with. We personally recommend comfort toys, such as the plush kind or stuffed animals. They are great for reducing stress levels and it gives your dog something to sleep/bond with. Another great idea is a self-amusement toy, such as one with a squeaker or puzzle/treat dispensing toys. This gives them the option for playtime even when you’re not around and makes for a great boredom buster! Our final toy recommendation would be an interactive one such as a rope to play tug-of-war with or a ball/frisbee to play fetch with. Interactive toys are one of the best options because it’s a gift that must be used by both you and your dog. Using these interactive toys will both strengthen your bond with your dog and give them the exercise and attention they deserve. If you’re looking for treats, be sure to check out our blog on Dog Treats 101. But, perhaps you are looking for other holiday gift options besides the standard toys and treats? Beds also make a great gift for your furry friend as it provides a warm, soft, and comfortable place to relax and sleep. You can always give your dog a new fashionable look too! Give them some swagger by getting them a new collar and/or leash to make the neighbor dogs jealous. Now that winter is upon us, a heavy coat, sweater or some boots are practical gifts for your dog too. You can also update their food and water bowls if they’re getting outdated or finally splurge on that airtight container to keep their food fresh. If you’re still undecided on what gift to give your dog this holiday season, then let the professionals choose for you! There are a multitude of monthly subscription service providers that will regularly mail you a box of randomly assorted dog treats, chews, and toys. Some of these service providers include BarkBox, PupBox, and Chewy.  Regardless of what kind of gift you give your dog this holiday season, they will appreciate and cherish it because it came from their best friend (you).

For Your Pampered Kitty

Let’s start with the basics- toys! Although not all cats frequently play with toys, all cats are undoubtedly playful by nature. You just need to find the right one that suits them. Interactive toys, such as a feathered wand toy, are excellent options to get your cat or kitten in a playful mood. Another highly recommended option is a catnip filled toy. Coming in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, toys filled with catnip are a very enticing option for any cat. If you’re looking for something more practical, then consider a new scratching post or cat tree. These gifts will not only keep your cat entertained, but will give them something to scratch besides your furniture. If your cat prefers to lounge and sleep most of the time, try gifting them a new blanket or bed. Most cats love soft, warm, dark, cozy places to sleep and hide making a bed or blanket a wonderful option. Many kitties especially love a dome shaped hideout made of super soft material that they can curl up in. Of course you can’t go wrong with the classic option of treats. Give your cat a tasty (but healthy) gift this year such as treats, chews, wet food, or pate. These are just a few excellent gift ideas for your feline friends that will make them feel like the cat’s pajamas!

The Gift Of Giving

Giving a gift, whether big or small, is a wonderful and special gesture. Getting your pet a little something this year is the perfect way to remind them that they are loved and important! There’s nothing silly about giving your dog or cat a holiday gift because they’re not just pets, they’re family. Be sure to celebrate the holidays with not just friends and family, but your pets too so they can be included in years of traditions to come! Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays from your friends here at ParaMount Pet Care!