2.12.12

The Perfect Holiday Gift For Your Pets

The holiday season is here, and while you may be buying presents for your friends and family and checking off your list, chances are you also may be purchasing gifts for your four legged friends.  Pets enrich our lives all year long with their companionship and company.  Wanting to give them a present at Christmas is only natural. If you have pets at home, here are some ideas for their gifts:

Cats
For your favorite feline, a catnip toy is always appreciated.  A simple sewn square filled with catnip can give your cat hours of fun.  Another alternative is to buy your cat a horizontal scratcher that you can sprinkle catnip on.  (Just go easy on the catnip.)
If you are looking to spend more, cats generally like cat scratching towers that they can run up and hide in as well as claw.  Another alternative is a soft, cozy bed.
Dogs
If your dog is cold when you take walks, why not buy a doggie jacket?  You can buy a fancy feminine one for your female dog, or you could even adorn your dog in a coat patterned with your college's logo.  Even a basic coat would keep him warm during those chilly winter walks.
A bone or a rawhide toy is also a good choice.  If you are concerned about the dog's comfort, why not buy him a comfortable, soft bed that you can place in front of the heater to keep him warm at night?
Gifts For Other Pets
Another alternative is to just buy your pet a small gift, and send the rest of the money that you would have spent on your animal as a donation to a no-kill animal shelter in your area.  No-kill shelters do not euthanize the animals they take in.  They simply keep them until they are adopted, no matter how long it takes the animal to find a home.
This holiday season, feel free to pamper your pet with gifts, but you might also consider donating to a shelter that protects those animals who have not yet found their perfect home.
Another alternative is to just buy your pet a small gift, and send the rest of the money that you would have spent on your animal as a donation to a no-kill animal shelter in your area.  No-kill shelters do not euthanize the animals they take in.  They simply keep them until they are adopted, no matter how long it takes the animal to find a home.

3 comments:

Kay Maher said...

I love, Love, LOVE, that you added a donation to a shelter! They need it so badly, especially at this time of year, when so many are more worried about buying Christmas gifts!!
All my rescues get Christmas gifts! Treats for my dogs & cats and apples & carrots for the donkeys, horse, and cows!!

Shannon Ro said...

Thanks for the gift ideas for the pets in our family!

April Briggs said...

I have had pets all my life & yes, every year, they get Christmas too. Thank you for the idea of donating to a no kill shelter, I never would have thought of it.

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