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Gift Giving For Your Pets

petgift2According to a 2007 Harris Poll, 88% of pet owners have four-legged children rather than “pets“.  You may hear someone say, “I have three children.  My first-born, Tiny, is an 8-year-old Great Dane; my middle child, John, is in first grade; and my baby, Jane, is in kindergarten.” 

It is not surprising, then, that people with four-legged children buy gifts for those children for occasions such as Christmas and birthdays.  In the 2007 Harris Poll referenced above, 65% of “pet” owners bought their four-legged children a Christmas gift, and 37% bought birthday gifts for their four-legged children.

Some parents purchase extravagant gifts for the canine and feline children.  However, most parents purchase modest to moderate gifts for them.

Where do these parents shop?  What do they buy?

There are multiple national retail chain stores targeted to pet owners:  PetCo and PetSmart, among them.  If preferring to shop via catalogue rather than a brick-and-mortar store, an excellent resource is the Drs. Foster and Smith catalogue. 

Common dog gifts include doggie treats, chew toys, balls, beds, apparel, and the like.  Common cat gifts include toys, balls, scratching posts, catnip, towers, and the like.

As with gift-giving to human recipients, gifts to cats and dogs should be purchased with the needs and interests of the recipient in mind.  Kittens tend to enjoy toys that require active, hunting-related play (stalking, pouncing, swatting, etc.).  Senior cats tend to enjoy more sedentary gifts (i.e., towers).  Similarly, puppies tend to enjoy toys that require active play (tug-o-war ropes, balls, etc.).  Senior dogs tend to enjoy more sedentary gifts (i.e., heated beds).

We at Care4Hire.com hope this information has been helpful to you and your family.  Merry Christmas from everyone at Care4Hire.com

Do you have any great “pet gift giving” ideas?

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