Perfect Picks for Pets

Last Updated November 2019

Listen, we understand that your pet probably doesn’t understand the concept of the holidays. But few beings in your life will be as grateful to receive something as your furry friend. Accordingly, we’ve put together a guide of the top gifts for both cats and dogs — whether they have any idea what’s going on or not.

Their very own stocking

OK, maybe this isn’t totally for your dog or cat and is actually just for yourself, but how cute is it to have a special stocking hung over the fireplace for your pet? We love this version because it also doubles as a picture frame, and with all of the high-quality shots you’ve taken of your dog or cat over the years, you might as well display them in as many places as you can.

Treats for days

This is the absolute best gift you can buy your pet. It allows you to keep an eye on (or admire) them while you’re away from home. If they’re misbehaving, you can chime in (sternly) to nip it in the bud. If they’re being good boys and girls, you can provide them with treats so they know it at all hours of the day. If you have puppies or kittens in the house and you’re concerned about leaving them home alone — this could be considered a gift for yourself as well.

Treats Fido will go nuts for

from $13 at NomNomNow

We’ve tested these treats at the BestReviews facility, and every office dog we have absolutely loves them — from the least discerning to the pickiest. One team member keeps a bag at his desk and has gone from just another face in the office to a must-stop. They come in chicken or beef varieties and make for good training aids. They’re also human-grade, so you can feel confident buying it for a loved one’s pet and knowing they’ll actually use it.

When only a big ol’ bone will do

If you want to make the holiday truly special, give the dog(s) in the house this big ole’ bone. It will make it feel like they’re a part of the excitement as they gnaw away at it while the rest of the family opens presents. It’s made of all-natural ingredients and improves the health of your dog’s teeth. But your buddy won’t care about all of that, he’ll be too busy mowing down.

Cat litter that can diagnose pet health

from $22 a month at Pretty Litter

Health is always a top priority — and cat owners know that their furry friends are extremely adept at hiding any issues from them. That’s why we love Pretty Litter, which can provide important health information in the litter box after they’re done. It’s good to keep on hand and can be mixed in with a cheaper blend to make sure you’re getting all of the benefits without using up the more expensive stuff all at once.

A blanket to keep them cozy

Pets love blankets, but any human who has to share one with a pet knows that kind of cooperation gets gross pretty quickly with all the hair they leave behind — so give them a cozy blanket for themselves. This one will protect your furniture and is reversible so you can get maximum use out of it before it needs to be cleaned.

Orthopedic bed for the old dogs

Pets love blankets, but any human who has to share one with a pet knows that kind of cooperation gets gross pretty quickly with all the hair they leave behind — so give them a cozy blanket for themselves. This one will protect your furniture and is reversible so you can get maximum use out of it before it needs to be cleaned.

Covered bed for little friends

Check out this covered bed that will give your cats a sense of security as well as a comfortable place to snooze (or monitor the house). It’s waterproof as well as machine washable — so caring for it is easy. And we love how soft it is on the inside. We can’t promise your cat will love it (because we can’t promise any cat will love anything), but we strongly believe in its chances.

Boat and swim safely

Nothing is a greater gift to your dog than coming up with ways to bring them on more adventures. Buying this life vest means that you can bring them on more boating and swimming trips than you would’ve otherwise — and is an essential if that was the plan all along. Most dogs are great natural swimmers, but they can get tired with extended time in the water. This life vest will ensure they can splash and play with less worry.

Gift a cat's eye view

Cats love to have a view of the world around them, and if you live in an urban apartment, it’s tough to give them the elevated position they crave (especially if you’re working with cramped space). This perch solves all of those issues. Not only does it give them dominion over everything they can see outside, it also puts them in direct sunlight for a coveted cozy daytime nap. And, in our testing, we’ve seen cats take to them quickly.

The most amazing catnip toy ever

This is truly a gift for cats everywhere. While the rest of the family is having a good time together, your cat can be treating itself to a nice night of catnip-fueled play. It’s made of natural parts and lasts a long time considering how much it costs. Plus, it's a giant banana. Cats look hilarious chewing on giant bananas, and that alone makes it worth the cost.

Your commute just got 100% better

$69.95 at Amazon

We love this dog backpack for anyone who wants to commute with their best friend to work. Smaller dogs can comfortably hold onto your back, knowing you’re nearby as you take them on a bike ride or the subway.

Water wherever you roam

Another item you can buy to take your dog on more adventures, this travel water bottle is great on hikes and road-trips. One of the most frustrating parts of trying to keep your dog hydrated is wasting water — this model ensures that isn’t necessary as you can release all of the unused water back into the bottle.

You're cat's very own place

Give your cat a little space of their own in your house. This cat house looks like a little teepee, giving them a place to hide. It’s built from durable materials, so if you want to keep it outside, that’s an option. Add a heated blanket to make this a heated and comfortable shelter year-round.

Hours and hours of cat entertainment

If you don’t have the energy to help your kitten run out their excess energy, this interactive cat toy will help. It randomly moves a laser about the floor, ensuring fun and exercise. It’s also battery-powered so the risk of anyone tripping and hurting themselves is minimal.

The freshest water for your furry friends

Take some of the work of pet ownership off of your plate with this pet fountain that can help ensure your pet stays hydrated all day long. The water is filtered so it’s safe to drink, and there are two bowls — which means if you have an older friend in the house, they won’t have to strain their neck to drink from it. 

Make eating a game

If your dog is food-motivated and could use some more mental stimulation, you’ll love this interactive dog bowl. Plus, the swirl design disperses the food, forcing them to eat more slowly – and more healthily.