Pet people love splurging during the holiday season. And why not? Shopping for a pet — or pet owner — can be fun. Splurging doesn’t need to be all glitz and no function.
In our home the holidays are a time to inspect toys, leashes and collars and replace any that show signs of wear. Thankfully this year manufacturers are offering a wide array of innovative products that make life with pets easier, safer and a lot more fun.
Chew This by This & That — naturally shed deer antler chews.
Dogs love to chew. Deer antlers are an alternative to traditional bones. This line is 100 per cent natural and 100 per cent digestible. Unlike many chew products it does not turn mushy or leave smelly stains. It’s long-lasting and suitable for power chewers.
Available at pet supply stores or thisand-thatcanine.ca. Price ranges from $12 to $30 depending on size.
Glowdoggie – German engineered glow collar
Collars that light up are nothing new but Glowdoggie has some serious bells and whistles. A sensor automatically turns the product on and off. The product is waterproof — perfect for families who love to camp.
Light is emitted from all sides of the collar allowing the dog to be seen from all directions. It also allows oncoming motorists to see pets and their people during evening walks.
Available at glowdoggie.ca. Approximately $49.99
Skinneez by Spot — stuffing free, cat-nip filled toys.
This line provides a wide assortment of animal shaped toys. They will appeal to cats that like to carry around their, “prey.” The skunk and squirrel are particularly appealing.
Bushy tails combined with catnip bring out the hunter in your feline. The absence of stuffing allows cats to grab, drag and carry the toy with ease.
Available at pet supply stores and at ethicalpet.com, click on cat products menu 2009. Price ranges from $3 to $5.
Play-N-Squeak — interactive cat toys
This toy provides great interactive play with owners. Some come with finger bands allowing owners to lure and tempt their kitties into play mode.
As cats pounce on the toy, it emits a realistic electronic mouse sound — enticing cats to play even more.
Available at pet supply stores and at playnsqueak.com, go to products, and scroll through mouse toys. Price ranges from $5 to $10.