black and white cat sitting under Christmas tree with shiny garlandThe holidays are here! And during this busy season of giving, merriment, and Zoom calls, it’s easy to leave the gift shopping until the last minute. Life happens, but just because you didn’t feel like putting on pants today doesn’t mean you can’t finally buy Aunt Janet with 9 cats the best gift she and her felines have ever seen. It’s not too late! 

 

But where to start? You may lament. Fear not, animal lovers, for we have compiled a list to help you choose the right gift for those special pet people in your life. Whether you are buying for a Dog Dad or Cat Companion, you’re sure to find something for everyone below. 

1. BarkBox or KitNipBox Subscriptions

The gift of a monthly box subscription to BarkBox for dogs or KitNipBox for cats provides endless entertainment for our furry friends, and keeps the fun coming throughout the year. Simply sign up and get a customized box of goodies for your pet shipped directly to you, every month! Stocked with tasty, healthy treats and original toys, and starting at just $23 per Bark Box and $19.99 per KitNip box, the value can’t be beat. The haul changes monthly to keep it fresh for your furry friends. Check it out, and give the gift that keeps on giving to your pet-owning friends. 

 

2. At-Home Pet Camera

Ever wonder what your pet gets up to while you’re away? Have a family member that can’t bear to be away from their fur baby? An at-home pet camera takes the worry out of leaving home. Keep an eye on your dog or cat from an app on your phone while you work, run errands, or travel. Camera options even allow two-way communications for giving commands, laser pointers for play, and treat dispensers to reward good behavior. 

 

For dogs, we like Furbo Dog Camera as a functional and interactive option. Check on your pup and dispense treats no matter where you are. With sharp 1080p video, a treat dispenser, barking alerts, two-way audio, and photo capture capabilities, the fun doesn’t stop after you leave the house! 

 

Cat lovers aren’t to be left out on the excitement–occupy your feline with the Petcube Play by taking advantage of its 1080p video, speaker, and laser toy. With good night vision and optional cloud storage service, this camera is entertaining for both cat and owner. 

 

3. Pop Your Pup

Make your loved one’s day by putting their pet’s face on a morning cup of joe. Mugs, masks, socks, blankets, and so much more can be adorned with their adorable pup (or any pet!) as the perfect gift for pet parents. With reasonable prices and a wide variety of products to print on, Pop Your Pup is sure to have something that your loved one will enjoy. What better way to show people you care than plastering their beloved Spot’s face on some pajama pants! Good dog, Spot!

 

4. Interactive Feeders for Both Dog and Cat

Stationary meals quickly gobbled up from a bowl are a thing of the past. Add some spice to snacktime by encouraging play and learning with interactive dog and cat feeders. Entertaining for both human and pet, interactive feeders challenge your pet just enough to slow down eating and keep them motivated to munch away. 

 

Great for dogs who eat too quickly or both cats and dogs who need more stimulation throughout the day, the Outward Hound Hide N’ Slide Puzzle Game makes pets work for their food as they move the pieces around to find food hidden in the compartments. Or gift a feeder that’s a bit more mobile like the SlimCat Interactive Feeder by PetSafe. Felines and canines alike love batting around interactive feeder balls to dispense their treats. And we humans love to watch them enjoy their playtime and mealtime!

 

5. Custom Pet Portrait

We all know that our pets are beautiful and deserve to be forever memorialized as a piece of art. Now, it’s as easy as submitting a photo online and getting an original pet portrait shipped back to you. A fun and quirky gift for those who are as pet-obsessed as we are. Shop Etsy to find real artwork from small businesses in a variety of styles. For something really unique, check out Crown and Paw to make your loved one’s pet a superhero, astronaut, or Renaissance princess.

 

6. Sponsor a Shelter Pet or Make a Donation

This season, one of the best gifts we can give to other animal lovers is a donation to an animal shelter or sponsorship of a shelter animal. Donations and sponsorships allow these shelters to find happy homes for pets, provides low-cost/no-cost spay and neuter programs, and supports legislation and educational efforts that save the lives of future animals. Sponsoring a shelter pet is so needed, and doing so in the name of a friend or family member is the perfect way to show support for what they love. Humane Animal Rescue even allows you to pick out the pet you’d like to sponsor. Consider a donation to help save a life and spread your loved one’s compassion to even more animals.

 

7. Pet Sits and Dog Walks from Your Local Sitters at Whiskers to Tails!

Whether or not you are traveling this year, it’s hard to be around for your pets at all times. Life gets busy, but that’s where we come in! Give the gift of peace of mind by purchasing future pet sits or dog walks for your loved one. Let them rest easy knowing that we are caring for their fur baby as if it was our own. With expert services designed to keep animals of all kinds happy and healthy, we are thrilled to help you with all your pet needs through the holidays and beyond. 

 

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