Nail the purrfect gift for your pet
Including much-loved pets in everything from family photos to wedding ceremonies, many people are now also putting Fido on their Christmas list too. And why not? Considering how much unconditional love and joy that comes from pet ownership, it makes sense to add a little something special under the Christmas tree for our furry friends that brighten our days, melt our hearts… and occasionally chew our shoes.
Whether you want to buy a gift for your own pet or someone else’s, here are some gift ideas that will get tails wagging.
Just like humans, the way to the heart of an animal is through its stomach, so you can’t go wrong with gifting a food item. Forget wrapping up a generic can of pet food and definitely don’t gift human food (which can be toxic to animals). Instead, hop online and order some gourmet goods for your pets to snack on while you’re enjoying a special Christmas lunch.
Connecting Australia’s best artisanal producers with consumers all over the country, Farmhouse not only stocks delicious food items for humans but pets too. What dog could resist decadent peanut butter dog biscuits made in the New South Wales town of Captain’s Flat by the team at McCurley’s?. Or perhaps Spot would prefer a serve of Dog’s Breakfast healthy porridge from Monbulk-based brand Paw Printz? Your cat will be eating out of the palm of your hand once she realises you’ve bought her some all-natural, preservative-free whitebait fish treats.
Whether you own a huge Irish wolfhound, a tiny Chihuahua, a beautiful Bengal cat or a fluffy Cashmere rabbit, all pets love a good kip. While some are happy curling up on a pile of clothes on the floor, most would take the chance to nestle into a dedicated space that is just for them – after all, most animals are quite territorial and need a ‘den’ of their own to retreat to when things get hectic.
Estimated to sleep between 12 – 16 hours a day (we should be so lucky!) cats in particular love to sleep, yet most cat beds tend to look a little uninspiring. Give your beloved puss a new home and inject a little fun into your own living space with a cardboard playhouse that looks like it’s straight out of Brooklyn. Perfect for napping or hiding from the dastardly vacuum cleaner, this is one cool space for a kitty to retreat to. If you’re after something a little more subdued, Australian online retailer Prinkbox stocks a range of contemporary capsules for your tabby that will add a splash of colour to your space too.