A Guide to Gifts Every Four-Legged Family Member Will Appreciate

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Pet Lifestyle Expert, Sandy Robins, Gives Her Tips on the Best Gifts for Pets This Holiday

According to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, it was estimated that 51 percent of dog owners and 43 percent of cat owners bought gifts for their pets over the holidays last year. If the trend continues, even more people will splurge on their favorite furry friends in the upcoming season. Whether pets are dressing up as Mr. and Mrs. Claus or dressing down in cozy coats and booties for a restful night by the fireplace, pet lifestyle expert and author Sandy Robins has her go-to gifts to spoil cats and dogs for the holidays.

DOGS:
Kyjen Dog Puzzle Games: Put pets to the test. “Did you know that ten minutes of mental stimulation is equal to 45 minutes of active play?” says to Robins. “These games are motivated by food and we all know how much our dogs love their treats! Most dogs really enjoy the challenge of the food puzzles and games such as these are a great way to keep them healthy and entertained over the holidays.” Retail Price: $14.99 - $19.99

Snoozer Hide a Dog Box: These trendy, steam trunk designed dog boxes are a stylish addition for any posh pooch or pet parent. The unique, trunk style design is very chic and it can be used as a bed or converted into a crate, meaning the two-in-one design makes for a modern, yet valuable addition to any home. The Snoozer Hide a Dog Box includes a removable coordinating inner pad and features carrying handles for easy transport. Retail Price: $279.99-$369.99.

Cozy Coat Collection and Holiday Coats: “We all know pets love to go where we go, so bring them in style with festive outfits that are fashionable and functional,” suggests Robins. These festive fleece coats are a great option to keep pets with shorter coats cozy and warm this season. The Cozy Coats also come complete with coordinating booties to keep paws safe from the winter elements. The coats and booties come in a variety of colors and holiday patterns to keep pets in the holiday spirit all season long. Retail Price: Coats: $19.99 Booties: $9.99

Gourmet Tails Holiday Treats: “Every dog drools at the sight of a delicious treat, but these treats look so good you’ll have to keep the human hands away!” says Robins. “The Gourmet Tails Holiday Gift Pack of dog treats is a great way to indulge your with all-natural treats this season.” Retail Price: Varies under $8.00

Silver Tails Dog Products: Santa Claus continues to be spunky as ever, but for pets who are entering his or her senior years, be sure to keep them comfortable over the holidays. “Treating senior pets to a massage is a great way to sooth and spoil them. Senior Tails has different items all geared not only toward the senior pet, but pet parents as well. Items such as a heated infrared massager are relaxing for senior pets and easy to handle for the pet parent who may suffer from arthritis,” suggests Robins. Retail Price: $9.99 - $39.99

PETCO Holiday Dog Toys: What’s a dog’s life without a plethora of fun toys? Get them in the holiday spirit with a variety of PETCO’s Holiday Dog Toys that come in three fun categories: Merry and Bright, Cozy Woodland and Cabin Fever. “If your dog likes companion toys, something like the soft and fluffy moose is a great choice. If he is a little more rambunctious the “Bad Dog” lump of coal rope toy is a very festive tug, but no matter which toy you choose always make sure it is size appropriate for your pet.” suggests Robins. Retail Price: $3.99 - $19.99

Mr. Claus Coat & Mrs. Claus Dress: A match made in doggy heaven with these two outfits, comfortable and festive, pets are sure to make a grand entrance as Mr. and Mrs. Claus. “One of the season’s most popular couples now comes in a pet edition. The adorable Santa coat and Mrs. Claus dress will have pets prancing through the party,” jokes Robins. The Mr. Claus outfit comes complete with a matching hat. Retail Price: $14.99 - $19.99

CATS:
12 days of Christmas: As Christmas nears, give cats something to look forward to each day. “I think this is such a great way to include your cats in holiday celebrations. My cats love new toys and the 12 Days of Christmas calendar is stuffed with 12 different toys, one for each day leading up to Christmas,” says Robins. Retail Price: $19.99

PETCO Holiday Cat Tie: No ugly sweater here! “Some cats aren’t willing to wear an ensemble, but they can still sport some holiday spirit with PETCO’s festive Holiday Cat Tie,” says Robins. “The holiday print is charming and the tie adds some seasonal fun without being too restrictive for cats.” Retail Price: $3.99

Naughty and Nice Sack: It might be hard for cats to be nice all year long, but whether they’re naughty or nice reward them with a new toy to paw around with. “Anything cats can play with that also makes a unique sound, such as PETCO’s Naughty and Nice Sack, is a great way to not only challenge cats but keep them entertained while guests are visiting over the holidays,” suggests Robins. Retail Price: $9.99

Collapsible Cat Ottoman: “The simulated leather is eco-friendly and beautiful,” says Robins. “I would never suspect this modern looking ottoman stows a cat’s litter box.” PETCO’s Collapsible Cat Ottoman serves as an esthetically pleasing seat for party guests and is a great way to hide the litter box. “It is also very compact and collapses down to a portable size, making it convenient to stow away after holiday party season is over.” Retail Price: $99.99

OTHER POPULAR PETS:

Super Pet My First Home Hamster and Guinea Pig Complete Starter Kits: “Cats and dogs aren’t the only ones who need love this holiday,” says Robins. Hamsters and guinea pigs are popular pets and raising them provides a great way to teach children responsibility. “Get kids started with Super Pet’s My First Home Hamster and Guinea Pig Complete Starter Kits that come with everything you need to be a responsible pet parent.” Hamsters will enjoy a variety of accessories from an exercise wheel to a climbing tube, while guinea pigs will be able to relax in their spacious new home. Retail Price: Hamster Kit: $36.99-$45.99 Guinea Pig Kit: $$69.99-$76.99

Hermit Crab Kit: Show off your style with a fancy hermit crab complete with a colored shell. “Kids of all ages will love these entertaining pets,” says Robins. “They make an interesting and fun first pet and the hermit crab kit is a great all-in-one habitat for the new pet parent.” Hermit crabs often have different personalities and can climb, dig and even change shells as they grow. They are also social creatures and can be kept in groups of two or more. The kit comes complete with a live hermit crab so the fun can start immediately. Retail Price: $24.99

*Give the gift of life through the PETCO Foundation’s annual Tree of Hope campaign. Every year four million pets do not live to see the holiday season and PETCO is encouraging those who are passionate about animals to donate from November 14, 2011- January 1, 2012 at their nearest PETCO store, Unleashed by PETCO store or online at http://www.petco.com/holiday. Donations help feed homeless pets in shelters, give lifesaving medical assistance, enable rescuers to grow their resources so that they can help ease the burdens of overfull shelters, and provide venues and grants to help usher those without a voice into loving homes who will continue to be their voices.

About Petco™
Petco is a leading pet specialty retailer that provides the products, services and advice that make it easier for our customers to be great pet parents. Everything we do it guided by our vision for Healthier Pets. Happier People. Better World. We operate more than 1,100 stores nationwide, including more than 30 Unleashed by Petco locations, a smaller format neighborhood sho, and http://www.petco.com. The Petco Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization, has raised more than $80 million since it was created in 1999 to help promote and improve the welfare of companion animals. In conjuction with the Foundation, we work with and support approximately 7,000 local animal welfare groups across the country to help find homes for more than 250,000 animals through in-store adoption events every year.

About Sandy Robins
As one of the country’s leading multi-media pet lifestyle experts and authors, Sandy Robins, documents the wonderful relationship that we have with our pets highlighting trends and innovative ideas as they happen. Her award-winning work is very visible on many of the country’s leading pet platforms such as MSNBC.com and TodayShow.com. She is a regular contributor and columnist in multiple national publications such as Dog Fancy, Modern Dog and Cat Fancy and hosts of her own radio show Pawsitively Pets Radio. Sandy is an avid campaigner for no-kill animal shelters and law that protect animals everywhere.

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