If you're reading this article, you're probably of the belief that pets are family members too and are just as deserving of being spoiled with a holiday gift or two. They may even have their own stocking along with the rest of the family's on the fireplace. Whether you're looking for pet essentials, specialty treats, or more toys to entertain your cat or dog, the best gifts for pets will ensure you're rewarded in loads of snuggles and kisses.
The unconditional love and support that comes from pet ownership is truly priceless. At this point, who can resist showering their number one companion with some extra love?
This year, the American Pet Product Association estimates that pet owners will spend a record-breaking $99 billion dollars this year on their furry friends. Moreover, a holiday survey from Deloitte found that 50 percent of respondents planned to buy pet items this holiday season with an average expected spend of $90. Keep in mind, not all respondents owned pets, so we can imagine the number is even hirer for pet owners who will buy gifts just for their pets. So clearly, we love our pets.
From the latest releases in pet supplies to pet owner's most-wished-for products, we found some of the best items to gift your cat or dog this holiday season that they will surely love, and will still arrive in time for Christmas.
Embark Dog DNA Test & Health Kit
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Embark Dog DNA Test & Health Kit | Was $199, now $135
Following the craze of knowing our own ancestral history, Embark analyzes over 350 dog breeds to track the genetic history of your dog, which is especially helpful for pet parents of rescue animals with an ambiguous mix of breeds, and also tests for 190+ genetic diseases which will help you better understand your dog's health needs. After you get results, you can connect with other dogs that share your pet's DNA, including distant and close relatives.
PetnPurr Cactus Cat Scratcher
PetnPurr Cactus Cat Scratcher | $39.99
A scratching cat can be a prickly situation. This cactus shaped scratcher looks good in your home and will keep your cat entertained for hours as she paws, claws, and climbs this sturdy fixture made of sisal, a carpet-like material.
Wickedbone Smart Bone
Wickedbone Smart Bone |Was $169.99, currently $79.88
If your dog (or cat) seeks out constant stimulation and entertainment (i.e. more than you can give without forgoing your own workday), try this new smart toy part of Amazon's Launchpad. You can operate it through the app, or put it on auto mode where it will adjust to your dog's behavior by identifying 12 types of emotionally driven systems for the type of "play" it will create. For instance, when your dog runs, Wickedbone runs after it; when your dog chases it, it runs away; and when your dog ignores it, Wickedbone teases your pet.
PetFusion Ambush Interactive Electronic Cat Toy
PetFusion Ambush Interactive Electronic Cat Toy | Currently $22.95
For cats who need constant entertainment and activity, they will be amused by this interactive toy with a feather that randomly pops out of the device's six openings. It could be described as the feline version of "whack-a-mole."
Best Friends by Sheri The Original Calming Donut Bed in Shag Fur
Best Friends by Sheri The Original Calming Donut Bed in Shag Fur | Currently $34.20 - $129.95
Dogs and cats alike will love curling up in this comfortable —and stylish for your home— donut-shaped bed finished off with faux shag fur. The donut shape promotes sleep and a sense of security. The raised rim provides head and neck support, while the super-soft filling offers joint and muscle pain relief. The bed is available in 23- inch small, 30-inch medium, 36-inch large, and 45-inch extra-large sizes.
Tractive LTE GPS Dog Tracker
Tractive LTE GPS Dog Tracker | Currently $49.99
If you live in frequent anxiety about what would happen if your dog escaped your property, clip on this GPS and activity tracker to be immediately able to track your pet's whereabouts should he get loose. Note, a subscription plan is required for the cellular GPS tracking to work.
Puppy Scoops Sample Pack 4 Flavors
Puppy Scoops Sample Pack 4 Flavors | Currently $14.99
Your dog will be so excited to lap up this lactose-free whole milk ice cream created just for him. This Puppy Scoop sampler includes a portion each of Vanilla, Maple Bacon, Peanut Butter, and Carob to test out your pup's new favorite flavor. The shelf-stable mixture is made with all-natural ingredients and has no sugar added. To turn it into ice cream, simply add water and freeze.
Kuoser Reversible Dog Vest Winter Coat
Buy: Kuoser Reversible Dog Vest Winter Coat | Currently $15.59- $29.99
What's the holiday season without sweater weather, and of course, some fresh new duds for your favorite good boy? Keep him cozy and comfortable on those winter morning walks with this waterproof and reversible winter coat made just for him. One side is soft cotton plaid and the other reverses to a solid waterproof quilted design. Every dog breed is accounted for with sizing ranging from XXS to 4X.
Pefuny Cat Window Perch
PeFuny Cat Window Perch | Currently $19.99
Cats who are always trying to get a front-row seat to the outdoors will love this hammock window perch that suctions to your windows. It can hold cats up to 40 pounds, giving cats of all sizes the chance to lazily sunbathe in the mid-air.
Haute Diggity Dog Fashion Hound Collection- Chewy Vuiton Chew Toy
Haute Diggity Dog Fashion Hound Collection- Chewy Vuiton Chew Toy | Currently $16.99
Gift your pup their own designer "It" bag. While we can't guarantee they'll be less likely to try to get their paws on your real one, they'll at least they'll have a stylish chew toy to match your style and occupy their time.
Tuff Pupper Classic 'Lifetime' Heavy Duty Dog Collar
Buy: Tuff Pupper Classic 'Lifetime' Heavy Duty Dog Collar | $12.96- $16.96
Taking on the look of high-end leather, these heavy-duty collars made with a water-, rip- and fray-proof ballistic polymer weave still emphasizes design, and come with a lifetime guarantee. Choose from three different sizes to accommodate most dog breeds and five colors. But choose wisely, this may just be the last collar you'll NEED to buy.
Nina Ottosson By Outward Hound - Interactive Puzzle Game Dog
Nina Ottosson By Outward Hound - Interactive Puzzle Game Dog | Currently $14.99
Keep puppies entertained with this interactive puppy puzzle toy and treat dispenser. To play, you fill 9 compartments with a little bit of kibble, and it's up to the dog to paw his way to each treat. As they "beat" this design, more puzzles and three more levels of difficulty are available to test your pup. Puzzles help your pet focus his or her attention and energy effectively, ultimately reducing boredom and destructive behaviors like digging or scratching.
Petstages Cat Tracks Cat Toy
Petstages Cat Tracks Cat Toy | Was $24.99, now $10.99
Keep your cat's mind sharp with this interactive track with three spinning balls that will occupy cats for hours and tests their hunting instincts.
Waterpik Pet Wand Pro Shower Sprayer Attachment
Waterpik Pet Wand Pro Shower Sprayer Attachment | Was $49.99, now $32.99
Bath-time doesn't have to be a tedious chore anymore. This sprayer attachment from Waterpik is specially designed for your pooch and only requires one hand to use so your other hand can hold your dog. It attaches to your shower or garden hose. The nozzle has a comb-like spray design for full-coverage that removes shampoo, penetration of thick fur and double coats, and effective rinsing, and a targeted narrow spray function that provides gentle cleaning of sensitive areas.
(Have a furry friend that sheds almost constantly? Check out our guide to the best vacuums for pet hair).
Good Pet Stuff Hidden Litter Box
Good Pet Stuff Hidden Litter Box | Currently $36.48
Let your cat do her business, but not at the expense of sacrificing your design style. Small homes that don't have the ability to keep the litter box out of sight or out of the way will love this litter box disguised as a planter, bringing function and style to your space. It also has a filtered vent system to control odors! Consider this a treat for you, and your kitty.