This Christmas why not pamper your pet rotten with some awesome gifts? After all, our pets are loyal, give us love without question and we adore them for it. So, go on, spoil them with a Christmas treat they truly deserve (unlike other members of the family – you know who you are). Whatever pet you may have, you can be certain that genius pet toy inventors have created a present to make their Christmas special too.
1.For The Hamsters/Mice: Haypigs! Cavy Cannonball Tilting Tunnel, £11.99, www.fetch.co.uk
Okay, so I can’t get rid of the funny images in my head of a hamster catapulting itself across the sitting room to reach a pile of treats like a furry Evel Knievel. Obviously, this would not be the actual idea of the tunnel. However, your furry friend would love this fun addition to his little house (and it looks awesome).
2.For The Small Pooch: Limited Edition Fetch Christmas Gift Box, Luxury, £24.99, www.fetch.co.uk
I know how annoying it is to buy a gift box for your pooch only to discover the toys are half the size of your dog and there’s not a dog in hell’s chance of it picking that ball up with its tiny gnashers! Never fear, this luxury gift box will keep your dog happy throughout the festive season. Included you will find 3 festive meals, 5 festive treats and 2 dog toys. Happy days!
3.Dog Fashion Gift: Christmas Tails Santa Slogan Hoodie, £14, www.petsathome.com
Should you want to dress your pooch in something fun, stylish and brimming with personality, this hoodie is the perfect accessory for walkies on Christmas morning.
4.For Curious Cats: Automatic Cat Teaser by PETSAFE® FROLICAT™ CHEESE™, £19.99, www.argos.co.uk
There will be nothing better than eating as much as is humanly possible, drinking a little vino and then slouching on the sofa to watch your cat tirelessly attempt to pounce on the cheese (without success). Far more entertaining than a repeat of ‘The Sound of Music’.
5.For Fish: Another Fish
Granted, I’m not that ‘up’ on the psych of the fish, but I’m sure they have feelings too. At the risk of someone having a fish who is actually a loner, I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest the best thing, perhaps, to gift your fish is another fish. There’s only so long you can spend going around the same tunnel in the tank before losing your shit. Make them happy and give them a friend.
Whatever you choose to buy your pets this Christmas, it will be fine with them as long as they get lots of attention and love. Actually, not quite – don’t try squeezing them into one of those fancy-dress costumes in an effort to make them look like one of Santa’s elves. It’s basically animal abuse and they won’t be pleased!