Christmas presents for your pets

As you are wrapping up your annual holiday shopping spree for your family and friends, you might be wondering what to get for another important figure in your life—your pet. But while your human loved ones are able to tell you exactly which gifts they desire (maybe sometimes too often), your pets’ meows and barks might not provide much shopping guidance.

  1. Full-body massage. Being rubbed, scratched, and petted relaxes them and makes them feel more connected with their owners. If you want to provide your pet with a massage during this holiday season, you can either do it yourself for free or enlist a professional pet massage therapist if your dog or cat needs a more therapeutic touch.
  2. A new electronic gadget. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 54 percent of pets in the United States are obese. You can purchase a wearable electronic accessory that can help your dog stay fit and healthy. Wearable devices that are currently on the market are capable of tracking pets’ activities, monitoring their exercise, compiling medical data, and paying attention to food consumption. The digital information collected can help pet owners and their veterinarians make smarter health decisions for pets.
  3. A comfortable new bed. To help your pets achieve better cat naps or doggie dreams, you can buy them a plush new bed. Pet beds come in all shapes, sizes, and colors and they won’t set you back very much. Your pet will thank you for nights filled with peaceful slumber after hard days spent playing and exercising.
  4. An animal playmate. If your pet enjoys playing with other animals, you might consider bringing a playmate into your home. Playing together will give them both plenty of exercise, and they can keep each other company while you are away from home. You should make sure to properly introduce the animals before making the decision to permanently adopt the second pet to ensure they have compatible personalities.
  5. A new playset. Consider getting your cat a new playground set or upgrading to one with more features. It will provide him with hours of entertainment and potentially save your furniture from claw marks. And for your dog, you can always take her to doggie day care where she can have her mind and body stimulated by playful interaction.
  6. New toys galore. Finally, you can never go wrong by buying new toys for your pets to pounce on, bat around, and chase. If you have had your pet for a while, you probably are a good judge of her personality and know if she’d prefer tennis balls, laser pointers, feathers, squeaky toys, or one of the hundreds of other types of toys. Just be sure the toys you choose are safe for your pet—no balls of yarn or other strings for your cat, and no small items your pets could swallow.