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If you’re an animal lover, you probably shower your pet with everything they need to be happy and healthy. Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan says that “Many dogs grow up without rules or boundaries. They need exercise, discipline and affection in that order”. And by affection, we think he means petting, treats, and presents!
Whether you are a dog lover, cat person, ferret fanatic, or turtle advocate, this holiday season can sneak up and leave you with empty hands to lick and no gifts to provide them with any of the above. So, before you get caught gift-less, here are a few suggestions that will please every two, four and no-legged friend in your house.
Dogs will give and give and never ask for anything in return. That’s why it is so important to fill their stocking with treats, balls, and more stockings to chew on. Veterinarians say that the best gift to give a dog is good training, but, if you want to send tails to a new level of wagging, try one of these puppy pleasers.
iFetch Automatic Ball Tosser
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This automatic ball tosser can’t replace a good right arm, but it can certainly be a late inning reliever and save you some rotator cuff damage.
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‘Tis the season to be jolly, but it’s also the season for cold noses and chattering canines. There are so many reasons why this electric pet bed is so heart and paw warming.
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Getting a dog to sit is a difficult task, but getting him to sit long enough for a portrait is nigh impossible. Thankfully, for this gift, all that you have to do is provide a picture to Ben & Tom and let them do the rest. This may be more of a gift for you, but what dog wouldn’t love seeing his own furry face hanging on the wall.
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We all know that the way to a dog’s heart is through his bottomless stomach. Here’s a cute and easy way to provide your puppy with a little edible love. And of course, Martha Stewart has the perfect recipe for dog treats.
What do you give a cat who already thinks he owns everything? If you want to give him or her a new crib, try one of these diy versions, but if you just want to reward your sweet little keyboard warmer with something special, here are a few of gifts that just might tickle her whiskers.
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PetChatz is the latest in cat to human interaction. If you want to check in, whisper sweet nothings or just watch them sleep for 8 hours, this animal monitoring system is the leader of the pack. Plus, this might cure your own addiction to LOL Cats.
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Keeping your kittens interested beyond the laser pointer and catnip is a test for every cat owner. That’s why this energy filled toy “incorporates sight, sound and touch to keep your pet’s attention captured.”
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Here’s a cat’s take on whack-a-mole that won’t end with a dead rodent left on your door mat. However, it will leave you with one contented kitten who has explored the hunter within.
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If your kitty is particularly hard to please, try this DIY toy that includes both of a cat’s achilles heels—yarn and catnip.
If the idea of a cat or dog as a pet bored the dander-filled snot out of you, and you ended up with a critter a little more out of the ordinary, then here are a few ideas for your turtle, rabbit, bird or fish.
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Unlike the rest of us, the one thing a cold-blooded turtle does need for Christmas is a sweater. And, why go with something silly like a cable-knit v-neck when you can get something epic like this Viking-inspired beauty from MossyTortoise.
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A bunny has four lucky rabbit’s feet, which makes it easy to understand why your bunny is lucky enough to receive a gift like this harness. Now you can take your pet out for a hop around the block anytime you like.
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If you’re a little tired of all the holiday spirit and want to see your sweet parakeet disembowel our little red nosed reindeer friend, fill this pinata with birdseed, and then sit back and watch the show.
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Whether it’s a brain booster, an anti-anxiety toy or just a yummy treat, all of these gifts will add some benefit to your pets lives. But, if that’s not enough for you and you want to add a little more meaning to your gifts, don’t hesitate to volunteer with or make a donation to any of these or other pet friendly organizations around the country.
Best Friends Animal Society
A leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends rescues and provides sanctuary for homeless pets.
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
The ASPCA believes that all animals deserve kind and respectful treatment and that they must be protected under the law.
The Humane Society
This organization engages in rescue & care for all animals, legal advocacy and, using partners, helps provide care and shelter for those that are abandoned.