Don’t forget your pet this holiday season


Do you have pets? Do you buy them gifts for the holiday?

I have to admit that I am a “crazy cat lady.” I did buy gifts for our cats for Christmas (as I always do). I did give them their gifts early. It’s hard to keep anything smelling like cat nip under the Christmas tree because they will tear through all the gifts until they find it. Not only that, I love seeing out cats happy and playing with toys.

I also used to buy toys for our dog and our Goldfish. I think everyone – even animals – deserve special treats and gifts for the holidays.

If you would like to include your beloved pet in the holiday festivities, consider putting some gifts under the tree for them. Even better, why not give them their own Christmas stocking. Since we have five cats (almost six, our newest family member is on “medical leave” at the moment), it would be hard for them to each have their own stocking. So they just share a super cute stocking with a cat on it.

The brand Petmate has a lot of fun toys for your feline friend. One of my favorite is the Fat Cat line of toys. We own several of them. Not only do our cats love to play with them, but their whimsical and zany images are fun to look at too.

The Hipster Kickers are funny looking. I love how cute they are. Our cats love to play with them. They grab them with their front paws and kick at them with the back paws. Thank goodness they are made out of a durable canvas-like material.

To make the toys even more fun for cats, they are filled with catnip. If you own cats, you know how crazy they get for catnip.

Our cat Emma enjoying some fun Fat Cat “kicker” toys from Petmate.

Another fun toy (a little too much fun if you ask me) is the Zippy Mouse.

The adorable little Zippy Mouse replicates the movement of a real mouse. It literally zips around and changes direction. Just when your cat thinks they’ve got it, Zippy Mouse moves a different way.

This toy is not only a lot of fun for the cat (even funner for humans to watch them play with it), but it also activates a cat’s natural hunting instincts.

Initially our cats were a bit put off by this toy. They didn’t quite know what to make of it. Once they figured it out, they had a blast chasing it all over the place.

The mouse moves by a human pulling back on it and letting it go. That is the only downside. In order to get it to zip about, a person has to set it in motion.

I refer to this toy in the past tense because I have no clue where it is. It’s somewhere in our home. Most likely under the fridge, stove or couch. I have not seen it in a while.

The little Zippy Mouse looks like this.

You don’t have to spend a fortune during the holiday season like you would on a person, but I do think that pets DO appreciate being thought of too.

These are just a couple of examples of Petmate toys for your cat. They also have plenty of toys for dogs and other critters as well.

Now might be a great time to “gift” your pet a new carrier too, so they can ride in comfort and style on their next vet visit.

For more information on these and other Petmate products, visit Petmate.com. The brand can also be found on Facebook (Petmate) and Twitter (@PetmateProducts).

Are you giving your pet a gift this holiday season? If so, what are you giving him/her this year?


*I received free sample products to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.