Pet accessories are a thing. We're not talking about dogs wearing clothes (wrong), bows (also wrong) or being carried to film premieres in bags (why?). Nope, we're talking about all the usual stuff you'd buy for them, only good-looking.
After all, pets are man/woman’s best friend and, to them, you’re their human. They’ve got us wrapped round their furry fingers when it comes to keeping them fed, watered and walked. So don’t they deserve something better than a ratty old cushion and a few threadbare blankets to call a bed? And how can you bear to have your carefully thought out décor or beautifully fitted kitchen ruined by cheap plastic dog beds or gimmicky bowls encrusted with remains of meals past?
Made.com to the rescue with a range of designer style pet furniture and accessories that are every bit as attractive as the human-sized pieces they’re inspired by. There are small but perfectly formed sofas; copper and brass food and water bowls for that industrial edge; small houses so Fido or Whiskers can have a room to call their own; a Nordic style teepee that’s so cute you may find your toddler trying to claim it for themselves; and a smart dog bag with fluffy lining for when your petite pup wants to go out out but hasn't had their vaccinations yet.
We've picked out our 10 fave purchases for pet lovers. Who’s a lucky boy?
1. A pet sofa bed to match yours (really)
Okay, we're starting with the silly one. Sheer luxury for your feline friend, the Moby pet sofa will make them feel like the Queen, or King, they are. And hopefully keep them off yours. It has padded seats and angled copper legs and is covered in velvet in Vintage Pink. Prrrrrrrr.
2. A puppy carry bag (that looks like a handbag)
We're going out out. But not on these paws. Sometimes small dogs need a little help for the big journeys, especially if they've not had their jabs. The Lismore dog bag has got a clip for a lead, D-ring for accessories, plenty of pockets and a fluffy lined head space to view the world.
3. The pet teepee (nicer than a kennel)
A teepee for pets. We love it! Such fun. The Terri pet teepee is the perfect spot for them to curl up in for some quiet time. Made from grey felt and pine, it has a Nordic feel to it. And inside there is reversible sherpa cushion that's sooo snuggly. We're pretty sure your rug rats will be trying to get in to join them.
4. Dog bowls that look like Tom Dixon designed them
Did someone say din dins? Let your pet enjoy some fine dining from bowls in brass or copper, raised off the ground on a black metal frame to make food easier to digest, and hopefully stop them chasing the bowl all round the floor. Dishwasher safe, too.
Rex double pet bowl stand, small or large, from £45
5. A dog blanket that looks like a throw
Tired of pet hair all over the furniture? The Kysler pet mat can take care of that. Unfold it and lay it over the sofa they're otherwise not allowed on. This is their spot. It comes in mustard and grey and teal and grey and is big enough for medium-sized dogs.
6. A cat bed with Mid-century attitude
Why go one storey when you can go duplex? The Kyali square cat bed has a sleek look that should fit in any home, and can be arranged for puss to play in. It can be pulled out or pushed together for lying on top or inside, and there are circular 'windows' to ease in and out of. Hours of fun. It comes in walnut and navy or ash and grey.
7. A stylish pet snack jar
We know cats love to hunt, but we'd prefer they didn't bring their spoils home to snack on. Likewise we don't want huge sacks or tins of dog or cat food piling up in the kitchen and spilling out over the floor. The Saskia extra large pet food storage set is a much neater solution. Made from semi gloss grey metal, it is finished with copper handles and has a matching scoop.
Saskia extra large pet food scoop, £45
8. A sleek pet bed for contemporary homes
We like to think of this as the travel bed, so when pets go with us, or maybe go and board with a friend, they have some home comforts. The Hyko pet bed is simple yet chic. It is made from felt in on-trend grey with an easy-clean faux sheepskin cushion inside and comes in three sizes.
Hyko felt round pet bed, from £29
Find more dog beds in our buyer's guide.
9. An indoor kennel
Sometimes a dog's got to go outside, into the green garden. The Talo is a step up from the traditional kennel. It looks good and will give them somewhere to stay dry in the rain or to get some shade in the sun. Made from curved matte black powder-coated metal and light wood, it has a cosy, washable cushion inside.
10. A cat bed with curves
Someone thought outside the box when it came to the Kyali oval pet bed. We love its curves. The perfect cocooning spot for your small furry friend, choose it in walnut and navy or ash and grey for a look that'll suit any home.
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