Remember the Furry Ones at Christmas

It’s less than a week until Christmas. I hope you’re finished your shopping for everyone. Little girls and little boys, husbands and wives. Uncle Jimmy and Aunt Sue. And the fur babies. You did remember the fur babies, right?

Layla loves Christmas

Contrary to popular belief, pets DO love Christmas. Cats and dogs love the shiny, dangly things from the tree and the discarded bows and shredded paper waiting to be demolished. As for hamsters, gerbils, lizards, and fish, I’m not sure if they have much emotion towards the holidays so let’s just focus on dogs and cats.

Christmas is a day to make them feel special. And if it seems frivolous, no worries. I’ve got ways to make you feel guiltless about the things you buy your pets.

For the cat: ökocat Natural Wood Cat Litter, 18-Pound, Clumping
okokat litter

Get rid of the super dusty, clumping litter. Save your lungs, save your scooping, and make things smell better in the place that everyone (but the cat) hates to go. Made from reclaimed fallen timber and reclaimed wood, I was a skeptic. But after setting out a new box beside their clay clumping litter, my cats were more than happy to try out ökocat and I was more than happy to scoop the box and not need a face mask to shield me from the dust.

For you: Tilia Plug-In Scentsy Warmer

Tilia Scentsy WarmerYou may not have a litter box but I can guarantee you could benefit from some odor control as well. I ordered this one for my own personal powder room and I’m anxiously awaiting it’s arrival.

For the dog: goDog™ Seasonal Holiday Collection


I have a dog that chews. She’s ripped apart dinosaurs and foxes and bears and most recently, a chair in my family room. I have a need for indestructible toys in this house and that blue dinosaur looking thing is exactly what we got. I’m happy to say that weeks later, it is still intact and still squeaking.

For you: Simply Gum 100% Natural Chewing Gum


Maybe you have a chewing problem too. It’s okay. You can admit it. But I can help. Buy yourself some large quantities of the 100% natural Simply Gum, a product that I thought was so remarkable, I actually did a video review of it.

For the dog: goDog™ Bedzzz™


Although beds aren’t really part of our chewing problem, they could be. So this crate liner is designed to be somewhat indestructible, or unchewable, if you will. What I didn’t expect was to put this flat padded mat on the floor and have Layla fall in love with it. To each her own, I guess.

For you: Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud mattress


You deserve a little luxury in life, right? I know I did when I won this bed four years ago at a conference. It’s no crate padding but I still love sleeping on it every night. And I think it’s unchewable.

For dogs: Evanger’s Premium Dog Food

new_super_premium cans


I received several samples of this dog food and was hesitant to switch. One morning, out of my regular dog food, I opened a can and thought, “Ew, this looks like a big chunk of meat!” And then I thought, it probably should like meat and not some “paté” made of meat by-products. And the dogs seemed to quite enjoy it.

For you: Omaha Steaks Filet Mignons


Hey, if the dogs are eating good meat, shouldn’t you? I once ordered Omaha Steaks on a whim and was amazed at how good they were. So it you can stand being bombarded with phone calls and emails to reorder, it’s definitely something worth treating yourself to.

For cats and dogs: Purina Beyond®

Dog-Dry-Beyond-Simply-9-White-Meat-Chicken-Whole-Barley-LeftIn case you missed it a few weeks ago, I not only fed my dogs this natural dog food made from only 9 ingredients, but I made my family dinner with essentially the same 9 ingredients. It’s simple food found easily at the grocery store.

For you: Magic Bullet NutriBullet


How do I know this is a good gift equivalent for you? Because Purina recently sent me more samples of the Beyond food along with my very own NutriBullet along with smoothie recipes from a Purina Chef. No, the smoothies do not involve meat by-products. Instead, they use some of the same ingredients found in their line of dog food, like sweet potatoes! (P.S. Thank you, Purina. You rock!)

For cats and dogs: iCPooch Internet Pet Treat Dispenser


Think you dogs and cats miss you while you’re away? They do. And with a tablet or other internet device, you can connect with your pet while you’re gone. You see them and they see you. And you can remotely drop them a treat to reward them for their good behavior. All of this invented by a teenage girl who didn’t want her dog to feel lonely.

For you: Apple iPhone 6


After all these years, I still love the iPhone and think it gets better with every generation. And if you’re looking to stay as connected as your pets are, I’m pretty sure you can find just the right app to help you do that.


So, do you think I’m a nut for buying gifts for my pets or do you do the same? I actually have a cat stocking and dog stocking hung by the chimney with care. And for Layla, she who chews everything, I went to Petco and got her a nice, stuffed, squeaky piece of coal for her to chew on. She deserves it.

Some products in this post were provided to me on a complimentary basis for review. Some links are Amazon affiliate links which means I make a commission if you choose to make a purchase. Neither one of these factors has influenced and of my opinions on the products shown here.


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