Getting a new pet is exciting, but like anything new in life, there are lots of little things you need that you don’t always think of until it’s too late. It is natural to spend a lot of time pampering the pet and fawning it with attention (especially if you have little kids). Aside from the usual things you need: food bowl, bed, cages, etc., you may have thought about getting a few other gifts for your pet. Here a few of the basics and other cute ideas for the new pet owner.
Many dog owners will want to get a pillow for their pooch. Every dog needs a place to call its own, but some dog owners would prefer if they stayed off their bed too.
Customized Dog Bowl
This is a great way to really welcome your new dog into your home. It will put a formal stamp on your dog’s name.
Cats won’t be left off this list either, since they will need their own gifts. This can keep your cat happy and their claws off your furniture.
If you have never seen these before, you may be amazed. These are basically cat playhouses that you can put indoors.
This is a classic dog gift, and for good reason. Some dogs will chew on these for hours. Others will love chasing them around the park.
There are many different flavors for these, but your dog will likely enjoy them all. The owner will love them because they’ll keep a dog’s teeth fresh.
Cat owners everywhere will want to try this out at least once. This assortment of herbs has a timeless effect on cats.
These will please both cats and dogs alike. With dogs, you can even use them to start a training regimen.
These may be more of a gift to the owner, but they are still fun. Buying some dog hoodies can give your pet a stylish look.
Both cats and dogs alike enjoy chasing a laser light around. It can even help burn off some energy. Just be safe and never aim it at their eyes.
Make sure to get a leash for your dog while it is still a puppy. This is the perfect time to get them trained to walk with you.
Feather on a String
There are many great toys that cats love, but this one may be the best. This is one toy that can help owners actually play interactively with their cat.
This may not be the most exciting option on the list. But it can make sure that your cat has a space in your home to do their business.
Tug Rope Knots
Many dogs out there love to play tug, and this is the perfect option for you to play along. You can use this to help foster a bond between pet and owner.
Flea & Tick Medication
Some pets might not think this one is fun, but it is important. While this isn’t a “fun” gift, if your pet ever suffers from fleas or ticks, you’ll be thankful to have this on hand to quickly give him/her relief. Make sure that they get started on their medications by going to a veterinarian as soon as possible.
New pets are fun and exciting, and also a lot of work. Give a gift that will help everyone enjoy the new addition to the family and maybe you’ll get to play too!
Pepper Buteau is a dog trainer who enjoys taking long bike rides in the park and hanging with her best friend