Presents for pets

A quick gift guide for pet owners this Christmas

 

PETS are people, too — at least when it comes to holiday gifts. A growing number of dog owners and cat owners buy their pets gifts for Christmas. And don’t forget all those pet aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends, let alone pleasing favorite pet parents and all-around animal enthusiasts with human gifts just for them. Here are some ideas:

DOGGIE’S BEEN NICE. A chihuahua wearing a guinea pig elf costume poses with Santa. (AP PHOTO)
DOGGIE’S BEEN NICE. A chihuahua wearing a guinea pig elf costume poses with Santa. (AP PHOTO)
DOGLOOKIN’. This doggie looks great in a scarf sweater and a Santa hat. If you’re buying your pets gifts this Christmas, look for stuff that amuses or fits your pet’s personality. (AP PHOTO)
DOGLOOKIN’. This doggie looks great in a scarf sweater and a Santa hat. If you’re buying your pets gifts this Christmas, look for stuff that amuses or fits your pet’s personality. (AP PHOTO)

Pet toys

Cat toys
Cat toys

Flatties, some that squeak, are always popular. And they can be cheap. For the holidays, choose some with Christmas motifs. Also, you can’t go wrong with balls. Lots of balls. Or go for durable toys in sturdy nylon or rope. Consider safety in such things as sewn-on doodads or other swallowable bits.

Pet beds and bedding

Bird feeders
Bird feeders

Face it, a pet’s bed is part of home decor. You might as well find one that looks reasonably good as a gift. Choose one with a holiday theme for an added festive feel.

Clothes

Pet habitat
Pet habitat

Because, equality, give your pets some holiday-themed wearables. If not there are plenty of little sweaters and collars that are gifty, too, at just about any place that sells pet stuff. You don’t have to spend a lot. But do look around for one that amuses or fits your pet gift recipient’s personality.

Pet treats

Doggie bucket
Doggie bucket

Holiday stockings should do the trick, but you could take gift-giving further with pet buckets filled with various treats. For dogs, throw in a fabric doggie bone, a rubber chewy toy and doggie puffs. Fish-shaped treats and balls are purrfect for cats. Now that’s called a bucketful of love. (With AP)

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