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Celebrating the holiday season means spending time with family — and, yes, that includes your pets. You likely shop for gifts for your dog or treat your kitty to new cat toys, and you may even have a Christmas stocking for your dog or cat, but what about a pet advent calendar? Just like the advent calendars you remember as a kid, these include cat and dog-friendly treats for each day of December leading up to Christmas Day.
Today, advent calendars can range from traditional to completely modern and unique. There are chocolate advent calendars, bath advent calendars, and ones filled with beauty products. So, it makes sense that advent calendars for dogs and cats are on the market, too. After all, why should our pets be left out of the holiday fun? You can gift your animal an advent calendar for the season, or purchase it as a gift for the dog lover or cat lover in your life. If you are looking to spend a little less money this year and find a gift that really keeps giving, an advent calendar is a great option — yes, even for dogs and cats.
Be sure to shop for the best pet advent calendars now, before they sell out for the season.
24 Joyful Days Dog Advent Calendar
This popular pet advent calendar comes with 24 freeze-dried treats for pups of all sizes to enjoy. Behind each window is a different kind of tasty morsel — including cheesy peanut butter bears, chicken pot pie cookies, and bacon cubes — all made from natural ingredients in Washington state. Plus, each treat is individually wrapped, so nothing goes stale if you're buying it a few months ahead of Christmas.
Feastivities Advent Calendar
Perfect for adventurous cats who love to try new flavors, you'll find a variety of 3-ounce cans of Purina Fancy Feast Wet Food in this 24-day advent calendar, plus broths, treat boxes, and savory purees.
The 12 Days of Dogmas Calendar
Instead of lords a-leaping and ladies dancing, this advent calendar features a different popular dog breed for each of the 12 days of Christmas. Inside, your pup will find a dozen protein-packed chews, a mix of twist sticks and kabobs made with real beef hide, pork hide, duck, chicken liver and more. Appropriate for all ages and types of dogs according to the brand, reviewers say they've given these treats to breeds ranging in size from chihuahuas to Saint Bernards.
2023 Dog Treats Advent Calendar
Talk about luxurious. This advent calendar features 24 holiday dog treats, including 4 gourmet dog macarons, 12 bone treats, and 8 truffles.
Holiday Advent Calendar for Small Dogs
If you want your small dog to avoid rawhide, opt for this advent calendar filled with 24 easy-to-digest, rawhide-free chews made of real chicken and vegetables. The pint-size chews, which include sweet potato mini bones, mini candy canes and mini chicken-wrapped sticks, are also designed to keep your pup's teeth healthy. While many reviewers said their dogs loved these treats, note that the candy cane treats come wrapped in plastic, meaning you'll have to open them for your dog first.
Holiday Cat Advent Calendar with 25 Holiday-Themed Cat Toys
Not every advent calendar has to be focused on treats. This fun box of gifts is filled with 25 cat toys, from swat and pounce, plush catnip-filled toys, to hunt and stalking playthings.
12-Day Catnip Advent Calendar
If your cat goes crazy for catnip, this 12-day advent calendar from Petco is the perfect pick. It includes refillable catnip toys and bags of organic catnip, catnip spray, and more goodies that will have your kitty feeling great.
Holiday Dog Treat Advent Calendar
With a variety of beef and chicken treats and chews in this 24-day box, you can reward your pup all December long for a great price. "When I pick up the box they are circling like wolves! They know something good is coming! The wait for me to pop the little door just stirs them up more! They know goodness is coming and they’re ready!" says one 5-star reviewer.
8 Days of Hanukkah Cardboard Calendar With Toys for Cats
While advent calendars aren't really a Jewish tradition, your cat won't mind getting a new toy for each of the eight nights of Hanukkah. This 8-day calendar from Chewy features adorable plush toys including a dreidel, menorah, gelt, and hamsa hand.
Holiday 12 Days of Christmas Cardboard Advent Calendar with Toys for Cats
If you're looking for something a little less intensive (or expensive) than the typical 24 or 25-day advent calendars, consider this 12-day Christmas countdown from Frisco, which is filled with toys — a great option if your cat has a sensitive stomach and can't handle a lot of new treats!
"Define Good" Wall Countdown Reusable Pet Advent Calendar
If you make your own dog treats at home, or you simply have some store-bought favorites that you want to use for an advent calendar, you can opt for this fill-your-0wn advent calendar. It's cute, can easily be used year after year, and your dog will love it!
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What to look for when shopping for pet advent calendars
✔️ Animal-appropriate: Make sure that the pet advent calendar you're purchasing is right for the type of animal you have. Dog treats are not the same as cat treats. Also check the calorie count of any edible treats, and adjust your pet's daily diet accordingly. And if your dog or cat has a tendency to have digestive issues, tread carefully when purchasing treat-filled advent calendars — or just opt for the toy-only or fill-yourself versions!
✔️ Size-appropriate: When it comes to dog breeds, you'll want to make sure the treats or toys are the appropriate size for your pet. Some dog advent calendars will note which dog size breed they are intended for. This goes for toys, too, which can be easily swallowed by pets if you're not careful about the size and type!
✔️ Expiration date: Check that the advent calendar you've bought is not from a previous year. And, if there are edible treats inside, make sure the expiration date is long after Christmas to ensure quality.
✔️ Reputable company: Since your fur babies will be ingesting or playing with the contents inside the advent calendar, make sure you buy from a reputable company. Read reviews and look at customer ratings so you know your pets are in good hands.
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