Holiday Gifts

A Visit from St. Nick to Fido and Fluffy

I am certain if your dog or cat could talk, he would ask for a special gift this holiday season. To help you fill your fur babies’ stockings hung by the chimney with care, AMC has developed this list of unique pet presents, with a bit of help from former New Yorker, C. Clement Moore!

The children were nestled all snug in their beds

While waiting for Santa, tuck your hamster or guinea pig into a cozy bed with a silky soft, all natural kapok mattress. The Ware Build-a Bed  packaging can quickly be assembled into a critter bed. After a long winter’s nap, your pocket pet can safely chew their bed, which is printed with 100% pet safe vegetable ink, while they wait for Santa’s arrival.

While visions of sugarplums danced in their heads

Sugarplums, a luxury treat in the 19th century, should not be on your pet’s Santa list. Instead, your cat will go crazy for Terrabone cat sushi. Cat sushi is not really sushi since this product does not contain raw fish, but contains traditional Japanese bonito tuna flakes. Bonito tuna flakes are high in protein and your cat will agree they are a 21st century feline version of the sugarplum.

Give the luster of mid-day to objects below

Light up your late night walk with a the Headlight Harness and a reflective leash. Need more light to get a glimpse of Santa and his reindeer? Get your dog a USB LED rechargeable leash in one of six neon colors. Rudolph will be so jealous.

The prancing and pawing of each little hoof

Your cat will prance, paw and claw at the Calypso cat scratcher. The vertical design is perfect for stretching and the sisal weave appeals to your cat’s tactile senses. The base is weighted to prevent tipping. Your cat’s eyes will twinkle when St. Nick pulls this toy out of his pack.

A bundle of toys he had flung on his back

And your dog would love that bundle to contain a Snuffle Mat.
A snuffle mat is a food puzzle a reminiscent of a 1970’s shag carpet, but instead of your mother yelling at you for dropping food on her carpet, you hide treats between the tufts of fabric sprouting from the mat. This sends your dog on a snuffling spree.
A do-it-yourself version of the snuffle mat is available here.

As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

While St. Nicholas made a dramatic entry down the chimney, you want to be in control of your dog’s exits and entries. Consider installing a smart door controlled by an app on your phone. You can let your dogs in and out with a touch of the screen. The door limits entry so only your dogs can come back inside. Be sure to leave the door open on Christmas in case Santa doesn’t want to use the chimney to make a delivery.

I hope this list will inspire your holiday giving and put you in the mood for a joyous season. For more pet gift ideas, read our previous holiday gift blogs.

https://www.amcny.org/blog/2017/11/29/holiday-pet-gift-guide-2017#
http://www.amcny.org/blog/2016/11/23/pet-holiday-gifts-2016
http://www.amcny.org/blog/2014/12/03/holiday-gifts-for-pets

And in the words of St. Nicholas himself, “Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night!”

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