Are you looking for the perfect gift for your furry friend this Christmas, but don’t want to stretch the purse strings?
According to statistics released by the Blue Cross, around half of us will be making sure our pets don’t miss out on a festive gift this year.
If you are a pet owner who has your pet’s name included on your Christmas shopping list, remember, you don’t have to spend a fortune to make your pet happy.
We want to share with you our favourite low-cost, ‘do it yourself’ gifts so you can make them for your own companions. Find out how you can make your own rabbit crackers, put a twist on your Mary Berry inspiration to make your dog some delicious biscuits, or get crafty and create a festive feather toy for your kitty!
Caution: Please supervise your pet at all times when you give them any of the below gifts.
This is a quick and straight-forward way to keep your bunny busy and make sure he eats his greens this Christmas.
You will need:
- Toilet roll tube
- Handful of fresh hay
All you need to do is stuff the toilet roll with a few handfuls of mixed greens, making sure to leave them poking out at the end of the tube.
Your rabbit will love rolling it around and pulling out every last bit of green goodness. Nibbling the hay will also keep your bunnies occupied, and the chewing will strengthen their teeth and jaws.
A great way of ensuring your curious canines get some extra yummy nutrition this festive season is by making them sweet potato and carrot biscuits. Sweet potatoes and carrots are good for digestive health as they contain lots of fibre, as well as many anti-oxidants. Beta-carotene converts to Vitamin A in your dog’s body, which is essential for vision, growth and muscle strength.
You will need:
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup baked sweet potato
- 1/2 cup finely shredded carrots
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup water
1. Preheat oven to 180ºC and line the baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sweet potato, carrots, egg and water, until the ingredients are combined.
3. Knead the dough into a large ball.
4. Either with your hands or a rolling pin, flatten out dough ball to about ¼ of an inch in thickness.
5. Cut out festive shapes with a cookie cutter and place them onto the parchment lined baking tin.
6. Bake for approximately 30 minutes, until biscuits are golden.
7. Cool on wire rack.
8. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.
You will need:
1. Take your cardboard toilet roll tube and glue feathers around the inside rim at both ends.
2. Cut out two round circles, with tabs, from the cardboard. Fit one of the circles into an end of the toilet roll tube and glue into place.
3. Pop the jingly bells into the tube.
4. Glue the other cardboard circle onto the opposite end of the toilet roll tube.
5. The cardboard toilet roll tube may be a little dull, so feel free to decorate the outside using coloured pens.
6. Ta-dah! Your cat’s Christmas present is now ready!
We hope you try some of these wonderful and creative ideas this festive season. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your local Medivet practice who will be willing to assist you. Don’t forget to send us any Christmas photos on Facebook or Twitter.
Keep your eyes peeled for our Pet of the Year 2018, who will be announced on 15th December!