I’ve always had cats, so I know that dogs are what the ads usually mean when they use the word “pet.” When’s the last time you saw a big ad for ferret leashes? That said, there’s nothing for ferrets on the list below, either.
If you pamper a four-legged baby with standards from PetSmart, or know someone who does, take it up a notch. You won’t find these gifts everywhere, and whoever receives them will know you love them, and their furry little friend, too.
Varsity Ball. It’s indestructible! (That’s what they said about the Titanic, but ignore that.) Big dogs can play and play with it without killing it. The fun never stops. $39.99
The selection of animals and breeds of dogs and cats is so extensive, you can match up your giftee’s pet so well that she’ll wonder if the 3D Animal Mug was custom-made. @$39.99
I’ve never been a big fan of little tiny dogs dressed in Project Runway fashions. And yes, I know that chihuahuas and others truly get cold and need the extra covering yada yada. Recognizing that, how could anybody not love this Bomber Jacket and Hoodie? $42.99
The options to bling out an old-school fishbowl can be limited. The choices generally start with colored stones and green plastic plants. Bring some big city chic to Goldie’s space, or give the FishHotel Aquarium with a fish in it! $34.99
Does Mom hate the whole idea of having her animal injected with a locator microchip? Give her the Tagg PetTracker. It uses GPS technology to follow her movements wherever she goes. The bigger challenge may be teaching Mom to use the system on computer or smartphone. $99.95
Turn the beloved pet into a stuffed animal…without taxidermy! 100% cotton Custom Stuffed Animals really are that one-of-a-kind gift the commercials prattle on about. $99.00
In my experience, people who love hamsters are under the age of 16, but whoever the rodent-lover is in your world, let them scurry through 2013 with this too-cute-for-words full-color Hamster Wall Calendar.$14.99
For hamsters, rabbits or guinea pigs, Fun Beds for Small Sleepers are affordable, adorable, and apparently, good and comfy. $9.49-$12.99
Washable fabric turns your kitty’s litterbox into a thing of beauty. Litter Box Covers are available in 3 designs. I’m thinking of getting one to use only when company’s around. $39.99
Someday, I will have a dog, and I’ll get it a Molly Mutt Dog Duvet. Fashionable and pretty, duvets arrive with an inner bag the user fills with old clothes, linens or the innards from an old dog bed. Stuff it as loose or tight as you want. Earth-friendly cotton, zippered covers are washable and durable, too. Also available, duvets for cats! $25 and up.