Five Christmas gift ideas for pets

Treat your cat or dog to something special this year


It's easy to neglect the family pet when doing the Christmas shopping, but don't leave Fido or Tiddles with empty paws as everyone else opens their presents on the 25th. Here are five special suggestions, to suit all pockets...

1. Rosewood Christmas Catnip Jingle Toys, £6.99

The perfect affordable stocking filler, these catnip-filled toys are like, erm, catnip for moggies and will keep your feline friend happily occupied all day. Comprising a snowman, a Santa Claus and a reindeer, the toys also each have a little bell attached – to add a bit of festive jingle to your Christmas.

2. Yunt Pet Christmas Bow Tie, £2.72

While it's tempting to dress your pet up in a suitably festive outfit at Christmas - especially if the rest of the family are wearing their novelty jumpers – sadly not all cats or dogs are happy to play along. However this simple collar is a cheap and easy way to allow your pet to join in the festive fun, without overheating or feeling uncomfortable. Priced under £3, it comes in four sizes to cater for everything from a kitten or rabbit to a large dog.

3. Personalised Enamel Dog Bowl, £12

Want to give your pet pooch something with a more personal touch this year? Check out this personalised bowl available on Not On The High Street. With a coveted five-star rating from buyers, the classically styled white-and-blue bowl is available in two sizes – and comes complete with your dog's name and a paw print. One buyer wrote: "Absolutely superb! Ordered three bowls with my dogs names on and they are really delightful, excellent quality, highly recommend!" Unfortunately, the buyer did not explain how she'd taught her dogs to read their names.

4. Roll Wrap Christmas Advent Calendar for Cats, £25

OK, it's not something for kitty to open on Christmas Day, but this cat-specific advent calendar will win you more favour with your furry friend – as he or she will be getting 24 treats instead of just one. Featuring a selection of festive felines, the calendar makes an attractive decoration in its own right, but it's the contents that will get your pet's attention. It comprises a mixture of treats made from chicken and liver, chicken with shrimp and turkey and cranberry.

5. Barbour Luxury Dog Bed, £39.95 - £99.95

While humans spend around a third of their lifetime in bed, that figure is significantly higher for most dogs that we know. So it makes sense to buy your canine companion a cosy crib – such as this super-comfy offering from country clobber specialists Barbour. With a wool outer in the company's famous tartan pattern, the bed has a soft, faux-suede lining and a removable and reversible pad filled with warm, comfortable polyester wadding. It comes in four sizes to cater for every breed, up to a large gundog like a golden retriever.