Pet-friendly gifts

Share the festive fun with your pet with some of these pet-friendly gifts and treats

We know that many of you lavish gifts on your pets all year, but at Christmas you have the opportunity to spoil them even more. Most of the shops have an array of gifts that you can buy for your pet; these range from very practical to rather unusual.

Tempting as it may be, we recommend that you ensure that you always buy good quality toys. Remember pet toys don’t need to be expensive, but they do need to be safe.

Remember too that treats should continue to be given sparingly, if your pet is lucky enough to receive one of the many Christmas Stockings on the market containing lots of treats – these should be limited, perhaps one or two extra because it’s Christmas.

We’ve put some ideas together, that may give you a bit of extra inspiration for the perfect gift for your pet.

Dog Christmas gifts

  • Rope toy
  • Football
  • Frisbee
  • Treat-stuffed chew toy
  • New bed or blanket
  • Aniseed toys (this festive spice is the catnip equivalent for dogs)
  • Nylon chew toy
  • A new collar and lead

Dogs and puppies tend to amass a varied and wide collection of toys. At Christmas, you could check these and either clean or replace. This will mean that the Father Christmas chew toy can become a firm favourite. If your dog already has too many toys, then be more practical – they’ll always appreciate a new bed or a shiny new bowl.

Cat Christmas gifts

  • Cat teaser toy
  • Catnip toys – a festive version
  • Scratching post
  • Ping pong balls
  • Leftover cardboard boxes
  • Play tunnel
  • A new bed or blanket
  • A laser toy
  • An empty box
  • A scratching post

Cats are easily pleased, they’ll be happy with all the empty boxes, don’t forget to get rid of the wrapping paper though. For most cats, the winner will usually be whatever comes stuffed with catnip. If you have a new kitten, we’ve got some great advice on kitten play and toys here.

Rabbit Christmas gifts

  • Play tunnel
  • Willow or apple tree sticks
  • A seasonally-themed gnaw chew to hang in their cage
  • Leftover toilet or kitchen roll tubes
  • Leftover brussels sprouts (uncooked)

Indoor rabbits will enjoy being part of the fun, a new play tunnel or a festive shaped gnaw chew will go down well. If your rabbit is outdoors, make sure that they are well-protected from the weather and that you spend some time with them. They’ll love uncooked brussels for their Christmas dinner.

We’ve got advice for ensuring that all pets stay safe this Christmas – find out more.

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