Happy holidays — we mean howlidays.
With all this recent hype around the Ikea monkey and his beloved shearling coat, it's no surprise that pet owners (both new and old) love the idea of spoiling their pets.
As you get your holiday shopping list organized in the next few weeks, why not treat those little (or big) critters in your life with an extra special gift? How else can you treat someone who keeps you feeling warm and happy and looks absolutely adorable doing it?
Besides the basics like dog treats, cat litter boxes and bird cages, we branched out and mixed in a few unique gifts like stylish designer leashes, trendy bird feeders and even a hamster wheel disguised as a car.
Take a look yourself with these 32 gifts ideas for your favourite pet:
You don't have to take your dog out to let him or her experience fine dining. These food bowls are ergonomically designed to fit an average-sized dog’s mouth, as well as cats with hyper-sensitive whiskers. <a href="http://www.footluxe.com/gallery/2012/06/Essie-Mirror-Metallics-Summer-2012-Nail-Polish-01.jpg">Zen Water and Food Dish, $30 to $35, available at Pawhauspetboutique.com.</a>
This sleek aquarium is perfect for the fish lover in your life — and equally perfect for someone who loves desk accessories. <a href="http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12289102&f=PAD%2FpsNotAvailInUS%2FNo">Fluval View Aquarium, $60, available at PetSmart.</a>
Your winged friend can live lavishly in this house-like bird cage, topped with a miniature door. <a href="http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12326644&f=PAD%2FpsNotAvailInUS%2FNo">Prevue Featherstone Heights Cape Cod Bird Cage, $70, available at PetSmart.</a>
For those of you with the old souls in your household, make life easier with these portable steps. <a href="http://www.sears.ca/product/animal-planet-3-tier-portable-steps/606-000733758-1638095?campaign=rr_search_MultiSolrRecentSearchToPurchase_1_2">3-tier Portable Steps, $30, available at Sears.</a>
Your pet doesn't have to be confined to boring old leashes. Start your dog's 2013 with style wearing this designer leash. <a href="http://www.thebay.com/eng/home-petsupplies-Small_Lead_Plume-thebay/278361">Jonathan Adler Plume Leash, $15, available at The Bay. </a>
Maybe your snake's home could use a little sprucing up. This suction water dish is exclusively designed for reptiles. <a href="http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2752678&f=PAD%2FpsNotAvailInUS%2FNo">Leaf Water Dish, $6, available at PetSmart. </a>
Big holiday dinner? Keep your kitty fancy with this adorable tux that's also available in white. <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/117609824/tuxedo-with-fancy-red-bow-cat-clothes?ref=sr_gallery_10&ga_search_query=cat+clothes&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_search_type=all">Tuxedo With Fancy Red Bow, $11, available on Etsy.</a>
This is best of both worlds: Not only can your hamster get fit, but you can also watch him or her cruise in your living room. <a href="http://www.petonly.ca/Super_Pet_Critter_Cruiser_p/026-61361.htm">Super Pet Critter Cruiser, $27, available at Pet Only. </a>
Bath time can be a pain for any pet, but this new two-in-one washer and groomer promises to relax your pet while getting rid of dirt, ticks and fleas. <a href="http://www.sears.ca/product/as-seen-on-tv-bathe-n-groom-pet-washer/606-000071555-8198">Bathe N Groom Pet Washer, $20, available at Sears.</a>
If your dog loves something warm and fuzzy, you might want to consider buying your pup this adorable owl toy. <a href="http://www.sears.ca/product/foufou-dog8482-corduroy-owl-plushies-dog-toys-blue-pink/606-000877936-SS-300">Corduroy Owl Plushies Dog Toys, $16, available at Sears.</a>
Just imagine all the fun cat videos you can make because of this thing. This massage centre lets your cat feel pampered and even includes a gum stimulator. <a href="http://www.petland.ca/cat/cat-grooming/grooming.html">Catit Senses Massage Center, $18, available at PetLand.ca.</a>
Invite your city's bird friends to your backyard or balcony with this stylish cafe bird feeder from Umbra. <a href="http://www.umbra.com/ustore/product/480290-660.store">Bird Cafe Feeder, $30, available at Umbra.</a>
Keep your bird busy with this rope dream catcher, equipped with colourful strands and a ring. <a href="http://www.petland.ca/bird/bird-toys/toys-1152.html">Junglewood Rope Dream Catcher Jumbo, $19, available at PetLand.ca. </a>
Add some feng shui to your fish tank with these bamboo ornaments. Sadly, your fish won't get any nutritional value nibbling on them. <a href="http://www.petland.ca/fish/decor/marina-3l-betta-kit-bamboo-shoots-ornament.html">Betta Kit Bamboo Shoots Ornament, $14, available at PetLand.ca. </a>
Your pooch can finally rock some Canadian clothing gear with this classic striped dog coat from The Bay. <a href="http://www.thebay.com/eng/hbccollections-dogcollection-Shelter_Dog_Coat-thebay/267285">HBC Dog Coat, $34, available at The Bay. </a>
Plush Cat Toys
Keep your kitty entertained with these catnip-filled 8 balls. <a href="http://pawhauspetboutique.com/item_1005/Loopies-8-Ball-Cat-Toy.htm">Loopies 8-Ball Cat Toy, $5, available at Pawhauspetboutique.com. </a>
Alright, maybe there is someone on your list who likes the idea of a dog, but isn't sure what to expect. This book by Alexandra Horowitz talks about the science behind how a dog thinks and what it feels like to be a dog. Talk about being prepared. <a href="http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Inside-Dog-What-Dogs-See-Alexandra-Horowitz/9781416583431-item.html?ikwid=dog&ikwsec=Home">Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know, $14, available at Indigo.</a>
When you can't bring the jungle to your lizard, this is probably the next best thing. Flucker's bendable tree branch lets you custom design your own branch for your reptiles. <a href="http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2753958&f=PAD%2FpsNotAvailInUS%2FNo">Fluker's Bend A Branch, $9, available at PetSmart. </a>
Just because the NHL season is frozen doesn't mean your dog has to be. And yes, this sweater comes with several Canadian hockey team logos. <a href="http://www.petland.ca/dog/boutique/nhl-pet-sweater-montreal-canadiens-available-in-6-sizes.html">NHL Pet Sweater: Montreal Canadiens, $34, available at PetLand.ca.</a>
Start 2013 with a durable leash, specifically one made with nylon rope and brass hardware. Leashes are about 1.8 metres long. <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/111155835/one-tough-dog-company-multiple-color?ref=sr_gallery_1&sref=sr_c1b7e6311713c35fe1eebab344fd664119cc99f26154a83f71766e17db2fd66c_1355260548_14277225_leash&ga_search_query=leash&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_search_type=all">One Tough Dog & Company Multiple Color Leash, $35, available on Etsy. </a>
This litter box, or dome, is the perfect way to ensure your cat receives some privacy during his or her personal time. <a href="http://www.canvasbackpets.com/product;cat,8;item,2445;Litter-Pans-&-Etc-Booda-Dome-Cat-Litter-Box">Booda Dome Cat Litter Box, $35, available at Canvasback Pet Supplies.</a>
Great for the summer, this pet cot lets your pet stay elevated on hot surfaces or perhaps in your case, that brand new carpet. <a href="http://www.petonly.ca/Guardian_Gear_Elevated_Pet_Cots_w_Mesh_Panels_p/zw6008.htm">Guardian Gear Elevated Pet Cots, $45, available at Pet Only.</a>
It may not be the most unique gift, but it will keep your pet happy all year long. This de-shedder gently removes undercoat and loose hair. <a href="http://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/wahl-cat-de-shedder/10067650?trail=SRCH%3Acat&fromPLP=true&ancestorID=10006&searchString=cat&startSearch=yes&fromSearchBox=true&addFacet=SRCH%3Acat">Wahl Cat De-shedder, $12, available at Walmart. </a>
Essential for every pet owner (though maybe not as much fun for your pet), this nail tool lets you cut, file and shape your pet's nails. <a href="http://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/wahl-pet-nail-grinder/10060367?trail=SRCH%3Apet&fromPLP=true&ancestorID=alldept&searchString=pet&startSearch=yes&fromSearchBox=true&addFacet=SRCH%3Apet"> Wahl Pet Nail Grinder, $35, available at Walmart.</a>
If you're fortunate enough to own your own horse, keep their feet clean with these colourful and sturdy hoof picks. <a href="http://www.canvasbackpets.com/product;cat,90;item,1349;Hoof-Care-Hoof-Pick-Jelly-Welly#">Hoof Pick- Jelly Welly, $13, available at Canvasback Pet Supplies.</a>
This assorted cookie box comes with a mix of Bacon Biters, Liver Lovers, Chicken Cravers and Carrot Chomper biscuits. <a href="http://www.pinkdogbakery.com/shop/Bis000.php">Gourmet Biscuits: Mixed, $6 to $15, available at Pink Dog.</a>
Something To Chew On
If you're afraid of your new pet chewing on your favourite pair of shoes, keep them busy with this chewable tire. <a href="http://www.petonly.ca/KONG_Traxx_Dog_Toy_p/0392500.htm">Tough Chewer Dog Toy, $13, available at Pet Only.</a>
These practical grooming mitts can be used on your horse wet or dry. They also provide a stimulating massage. <a href="http://www.canvasbackpets.com/product;cat,85;item,1350;Brushes-&-Combs-All-Purpose-Grooming-Mitt#">All Purpose Grooming Mitt, $13, available at Canvasback Pet Supplies. </a>
Treat, don't tease, your dog with this biscuit dispenser. Tip: adding peanut butter of softer foods will make the this toy a challenge for your pooch. <a href="http://www.renspets.com/kong-biscuit-ball-2.html">KONG Biscuit Ball, $11, available at Ren's Pets. </a>
Now, we don't recommend this one as a main gift, but it makes a handy (and essential) stocking stuffer. <a href="http://www.renspets.com/biodegradable-15-bags-with-dispenser.html">PoopBags, $2, available at Ren's Pets.</a>
Challenge Your Hamsters
Besides the exercise ball, your hamster can also stay active with this "extreme challenge" habit cage. <a href="http://www.petvalu.com/in-our-store/products/small-animal/mouse/cages-and-cage-accessories/super-pet-crittertrail-extreme?geoip=46518184">Super Pet Crittertrail Extreme, $46, available at PetValu.</a>
Say cheese — or woof? Pet photography can be a fun gift idea for someone who loves showing other people cute wallet-sized pictures of their pets. Check out <a href="http://www.jasonkb.com/about/">Jason KB's studio</a> in Toronto and other pet photographers in your city.
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