2022 Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide: For Pets & Their Families
It's that time of year again! Your loved one may have recently adopted a dog, your neighbor may have acquired another cat, and you're wondering what in the world to get them. We all have pet lovers in our lives. Purchasing something pet-related for them or, even better, giving them a gift for their pet, is a great way to show you care. My 2022 Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide: For Pets & Their Families list isn't just for others, however. Take a look and see if you and/or your pets might want to add some of these items to your holiday wish list...
A Little Background
I had the pleasure of going to SuperZoo in 2022 and, between the many vendors I met there, and others that have been guests on my show, I have a fantastic and user-friendly list for you to work off of this holiday season. I have personally used these brands and their products. In fact, most of these products are used daily at Casa Arata! Having worked in the pet care industry for over 15 years now, I have a keen sense of what works and what doesn't.
I've separated this list by the recipient - not by species - therefore please take a look at the product before purchasing to ensure that it's species-appropriate.
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Gifts for Young Pets & Their Families
It often feels like dogs have all the fun but that doesn't have to be the case. The Two Crazy Cat Ladies' website is a great place to start when shopping for cat lovers. They have fun 'merch' for humans and really cool toys for cats. Their organic coconut-based cat toys are as beautiful as they are functional. These specialty cat toys are a much safer option than the bulk-manufactured cat toys you'd find at major retailers because these are dye-free and naturally antimicrobial.
Please consider using my affiliate link when making your purchase from The Two Crazy Cat Ladies' Healthy Cat Shop.
Cats and dogs alike will love my next gift idea: the Mine Pet Platter, which is recommended by many holistic vets and pet care experts. It's attractive, affordable, and the best way to feed our pets. The creators of the Mine Pet Platter, Carol and her late husband, Bob, did extensive research on the healthiest and most species-appropriate way for dogs and cats to eat. After years of research, they ditched the bowl and designed species-specific platters that naturally slow our pets down when eating, stimulate digestion, encourage self-selection, and come in colors that are specifically chosen with our pets' vision in mind. Click here to learn more about the many features of these innovative feeding platters.
Feeding toys are all the rage and you can never have too many. From snuggle mats to lick mats and enrichment toys and puzzles, it's easy to get a really fun gift for pets these days. Some are made for cats, some designed for dogs, and some can be used for both species.
When considering your options, my recommendation is to ensure the quality of the product. Keep in mind that the pets using these mats and toys will be ingesting food and treats from them therefore they should be made of food-safe materials and, when possible, made in the USA where we have better quality controls than many countries abroad.
Gifts for Messy Pets & Their Families
Most young pets, especially dogs, take some time to learn appropriate potty behaviors. They also can "forget" these behaviors as they age. For this reason, the most practical gift you can give a family with young pets, those that have an incontinent pet, or those that just love a spotless home is a bundle from Sprinkle & Sweep. Sprinkle & Sweep's accident clean-up is a fantastic tool to manage pet messes - pee, poop, vomit, you name it - quickly and hygienically. Just sprinkle their magic powder on the mess, sweep it to solidify, and pick it up with their specially-designed dustpan and broom. If the budget allows, throw in a bottle of Sprinkle & Sweep's Pet Stain and Odor Remover. It smells lovely and deep cleans a mess without much work from the humans. I use it daily with my old man, Titan.
I'm not usually super into trendy grooming products but a grooming glove has made combing our Border Collie mix, Caera, easier. Thanks to our grooming glove, I groom her more often, which helps keep my floors clean. My husband uses a brush when he does a deeper groom but I like a glove for a bonding session that has the built-in benefit of deshedding. Caera seems to be less apprehensive around the glove too. Cats also love grooming gloves. For cats and dogs alike, always introduce new tools carefully and use positive association, aka treats.
Speaking of pet lovers that like to maintain a gorgeous home even though they are constantly 'covered in pet hair,' I found a cool product that I think they would love. ZeLo is an innovative lint roller-type tool that was specifically designed for pet parents. It works on soft and hard surfaces, is affordable yet very well-made, and makes quick clean-up a breeze. It can be used on furniture, floors, clothing, you name it. And, it comes with a short or long handle. The long-handle version is excellent for those with disabilities, those that need the tool to reach high places like curtains, and those that want to reach under beds and couches. The short-handle version is more portable and a great tool to keep anywhere. You can learn more about this awesome product and how it came to be in my interview with the product designer and Sr. Marketing Manager of Nitto Americas, Virginia Mott. All of December 2022, enjoy 10% off all purchases from the ZeLo website with promo code COVEREDINPETHAIR.
Gifts for Adventuring Pets & Their Families
Many families enjoy bringing their cats and dogs along on their adventures. For these particular families, a tool or treat that will enhance their experience will be well-received and practical.
PawPower Dawg Butter Peanut Butter has a full dose of high-quality supplements that will boost a dog's energy before or after a long walk, hike, or trip to the beach. Because PawPower small-batches its products, you can be sure the gift you give your loved ones will always be fresh and specially made for their beloved dogs. For about $20 you can give a bundle that includes a jar of dog-safe PB and a lick mat, which is fantastic for post-adventure downtime at home or in the car. The following video outlines some ways dog lovers can use Dawg Butter outside of adventures; watch the full interview with Paw Power's Founders here:
The Springer Pets Travel Water Bottle was featured on SharkTank. The design blew my mind because it's so simple yet so brilliant. Their Travel Bottle was designed for pets to drink from the attached bowl without wasting a drop. You simply squeeze the bottle so the water fills the bowl. When you release your squeeze, the excess water drains back into the bottle and is ready for the next water break. This cool water bottle is leak-proof and includes a carabiner to clip onto belt loops, leashes, bags, etc. It comes in bright, beautiful colors and two sizes. While it's designed for dogs, there's no reason why cats wouldn't benefit from this one-the-go water fountain.
For hopeful cat adventurists, the following memberships would be a great way to get a cat lover started on clicker and harness training their cats: Cat School and KittyCatGo™ Adventures. If you prefer to give a physical gift instead of a membership, Cat School offers a few training packages that would make excellent gifts. KittyCatGo™ Adventures also has an online shop with lots of goodies for both pets and humans to choose from. I particularly like the patch for humans - it reminds me of the Girl Scouts patches we received after accomplishing a goal!
What's an adventure without poop bags and a way to manage them?! For those that have it all, consider purchasing a box of biodegradable (not greenwashed but truly designed to biodegrade in landfills) and a one-of-a-kind Banner Poop Bag Holder from Greenline Pet Supply. To make it extra special, add a tool they've probably never seen, a Doo Loop hands-free poop bag holder.
Gifts for Adult and Senior Pets & Their Families
This gift is a bit of a splurge but it's a great investment: a Big Barker Dog Bed comes with a clinically proven ability to help dogs age gracefully by supporting their joints while they sleep. Big Barker Beds have a multi-layer foam insert, high-quality washable cover, and look like furniture, made to match every aesthetic. They also boast a 10-year warranty therefore they truly are the gift that keeps on giving. If you're looking for a gift that wows your friends and family this year, consider this awesome addition to their home and dogs' health. Check out my chat with Big Barker's Marketing Coordinator, Amanda Friemann to learn more about what makes these beds so special. Their beds are designed for dogs but can benefit cats just as well. They have a smaller, thinner version that would be a great addition to a cat-friendly household. Hack: take a look at the crate pad because it would make an excellent bed for pets that are used to mainstream bed sizes and thicknesses. The Barker Junior is as good for cats as it is for smaller dogs.
While healthy and active, adult pets greatly benefit from preventive measures that will carry them into their senior years. Senior pets need all the help they can get as oxidative stress, injuries, and illness are more likely to have a greater impact on their quality of life as they age. For this reason, I have my dogs on WINPRO® Pet's plasma-powered supplement chews. Made from high-quality porcine blood, which is normally a waste product of the animal agriculture industry, WINPRO®'s supplement chews are anti-inflammatory and backed by various studies. We use the Hip and Joint supplement daily for Titan and Caera because of their ages, but they also have a calming formula, immunity-building formula, and allergy formula that are also very popular. I believe their allergy formula is their best seller. They are the perfect gift because they are what I call 'stinky chews' - all our dogs have loved the flavor and texture. Click here to purchase WINPRO® Pet through my affiliate link and watch my interview with Winpro's CEO here to learn more.
Gifts for Special Needs Pets & Their Families
How do you know your loved one's pet is noise-phobic? You've probably heard them complaining about fireworks, thunder, and noisy neighbors. Noise phobia in cats and dogs is quite common and can significantly affect the pet and its family. For this reason, a gift to help the pet calm down during a noisy storm, holiday, etc. is the perfect gift right before New Year's celebrations. If you're the caregiver to a noise-phobic pet, you know exactly what I mean.
CBD Dog Health makes fantastic CBD tinctures that are blended with pet-safe and species-appropriate essential oils. Their CALM Tincture is perfect for sensitive pets that need help relaxing, especially when around common triggers like noise. Both the cat and dog CALM tinctures are blended with lavender essential oil and are made with organic full spectrum Hemp CBD specifically dosed to meet each species' needs.
Please don't buy just any CBD treat or tincture, especially online, because CBD is unregulated and quality varies immensely from one brand to another. In addition, tinctures are more effective than treats when addressing a specific illness or concern, therefore opt for high-quality CBD tinctures over CBD treats to ensure you're getting as many of the powerful compounds as possible. Per Angela Ardolino, CBD Dog Health's Founder, "because it has to go thru the digestive process, you get 5-35% of the medicine [in a treat] vs putting a tincture right in the mouth where it bypasses digestion and liver metabolism and you get 95% of the medicine."
Learn more about the importance of full spectrum CBD products, how to vet your CBD purchases for both humans and pets, and what makes this particular brand so special by checking out my insightful and entertaining interview with Angela herself. Please consider using my affiliate link when purchasing.
Sick & Geriatric Pets
Senior and sick pets have special care requirements that are different from those of healthy adult animals. I would know, I have a 15-year-old dog at home and I've been "biohacking" him for the past two years! Pet parents of older and/or sick pets are likely spending a lot of money on their care and could use a loving hand this holiday season. We want to try all the things we hear about that might help our pets but it's usually impossible to invest that kind of money into our pets' quality of life. If I had to narrow down the best products for a geriatric or ill pet, I'd recommend giving one or two of the following products:
Heal CBD Tincture from CBD Dog Health is a must for sick pets. Again, this brand blends organic full-spectrum CBD oil with healing additions specific to the problem pet lovers are hoping to address. This particular formula, made with hemp seed and MCT oils, is recommended for pets with cancer, autoimmune diseases, degenerative diseases (like Titan's), and more. The full-spectrum CBD is key to addressing health concerns, as my guest, Angela Ardolino explains in our interview. They make a version for cats and one for dogs, as well as another for horses. With Angela's encouragement, I tried this tincture myself because it's made with human-grade ingredients. I was impressed with how nurturing it felt and how quickly it worked. I will note that I didn't feel in any way "high," just relaxed. There is no THC in these products because pets have plenty of receptors and don't need THC to reap the many benefits of CBD. THC is what normally gives the "high" feeling that many people fear when considering CBD products. Again, these products don't have THC. Please consider using my affiliate link when purchasing from CBD Dog Health.
I met Colin of AlchemyPet at SuperZoo and was very impressed with his line of targeted dog-specific adaptogen blends. From a formula specific for eye health and general well-being (where was this when Radar was still alive?!), one for mobility, another for calming, and more, they focus their efforts on sourcing the best possible human-grade ingredients and avoiding harmful fillers and preservatives. Their products have a 'naturally derived advanced delivery system' made of algae, which makes the vitamins and minerals in their products more bioavailable than most other similar products on the market. We have been using Mobilize and Rest and Restore since August and have seen a great improvement in both our dog's energy levels and demeanor.
Because my focus has been on helping Titan retain his quality of life while he approaches the end of his life and struggles with what his vet believes is Degenerative Myelopathy, I have focused my attention on products that help the aging body, joints and nerves specifically. One product that I also learned about at SuperZoo and recommend is called Trixzyn®. It is made with hyaluronic acid and is designed to promote joint, bone, soft tissue, and cartilage health. Trixzyn® makes a formula for dogs and one for cats. While I've been using this product for my geriatric dog, Trixzyn (and the above-mentioned products) make excellent preventatives and healing remedies for large and giant breed dogs, pets recovering from injury/surgery, and breeds predisposed to degenerative conditions.
For cat people who want cat-specific products vetted by cat-crazed experts, consider visiting The Two Crazy Cat Ladies' online shop. The Two Crazy Cat Ladies, Jae & Adrienne, are the forces behind Feline Essential, a line of natural cat-specific products designed to help cats live longer, healthier lives. Their CATalyst product is said to work wonders for overall cat health by reducing free radicals in the body and optimizing organ function. They also offer a urinary health-specific formula for cats that suffer from chronic UTIs, calming tinctures, and more. I like their Symptom Checker, which is, of course, not meant to replace veterinary advice, but aims to work holistically alongside veterinary treatments. Start your shopping via my affiliate link to support my channel.
Gifts of Knowledge for [Boozy] Pet Lovers
With prices rising and people struggling to make ends meet, remember that it's always the thought that counts. Don't go into debt to give others a gift, no matter how cool it might be or how much you might want to. Instead, consider exchanging pet care, pet tips, or pet resources with loved ones.
If your friends aren't as informed about pet pros and experts to follow, share some of the above brands with them. Help them learn all about their cats and/or dogs by encouraging them to subscribe to my Youtube Channel, follow me on Instagram and Facebook. I consider myself a pet lifestyle guru and curator. I love to share all of my favorite pet things with you and yours.
Finally, consider purchasing merch for your favorite BOOZY PET LOVERS here.
I hope you and your families, human and otherwise, have a wonderful holiday season. I'll see you in 2023 for more awesome guests, interviews, adult beverages, and pet-related content. Raise your drink to a life 'covered in pet hair', cuz there's no better way to live! Cheers!!! <3