Great gifts for pets
If your cat could call for take-out, she would no doubt order the Christmas Catnip Fortune Cookie Box. The two cookies are stuffed with 100 percent certified organic catnip and (yep, you guessed it) a fortune ($10; upcountryinc.com).
Got a sloppy eater or drinker in your house? Consider the Neater Feeder, which contains spilled food and water. The elevated feeder also reduces neck and joint strain for dogs, making mealtime more enjoyable ($19.99 to $24.99 for the small, $39.99 to $44.99 for large; neaterfeeder.com).
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Let your feline be the rock star you know she is with the DJ Cat Scratching Pad. The spinning deck functions as a scratching mat, and 40 percent of the purchase supports the American Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals ($39.99; aspcaonlinestore.com).
Give your pet added stimulation — and slow down fast eaters — with Green, one of the newest food puzzles on the market. Scatter the kibble across this dishwasher-safe turf placemat, and let your cat or dog work to gather food caught between grassy blades. Great for overweight pets ($39.99; companyofanimals.us).
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You've Got Mail
Getting the mail may become your dog’s favorite activity when you sign her up for PawBox, a gift box subscription service for dogs. (PawBox is launching a similar service for cats soon.) Each box, addressed to your pooch, is filled with five trial-sized products (with multiples of smaller items) of food, treats and supplies from high-end companies. No edibles are made in China ($10 for one box per month; pawbox.com).
Cat napping gets a makeover with the Decorative Cat Pod, which measures 22 inches wide and 12 inches high. The reversible cushion with machine-washable cover provides an ultra-comfy snooze zone, and the wicker basket blends in anywhere around your house ($169, mrherzher.com).
For the days when your pooch is as tired as, um, a dog, pamper him with a cozy place to collapse. The Hemp Eco Drop, made with recycled plastic soda bottles, comes in three sizes and two colors, timber and coal ($80 to $170; westpawdesign.com).
A Carnivore Christmas
One whiff of the Merrick Holiday Sausage Treat Box will have your dog drooling over this gift, which includes five Grammy’s Pot Pie Sausages, five Cowboy Cookout Sausages, and two three-ounce dry food samples. None of the ingredients come from China ($9.99; merrickpetcare.com).
Creatures of Habit
Your pooch will love playing with Roopers, sculptured rope toys available in various sizes and animals including cats, dogs, squirrels, and mice. The critters are so cute that you won’t mind having a litter lying around the house ($5.99 to $17.99; petmate.com).
No pet will be able to resist Cloud Star’s all-natural, made-in-the-USA treats — holiday buddy biscuits in gingerbread for dogs and grain-free buddy biscuits for cats. Plus, Cloud Star donates 10 percent of its proceeds to non-profits that benefit animals, women, children, and the environment ($6.45 for a box of dog treats, $3.95 for a bag of cat treats; cloudstar.com).