Motorola Scout 500-2 Video Pet Monitor.
spend more than $58 billion this year on our pets,
according to the American Pet Products Association. Here
are some gifts for them that won’t break your piggy
If cats could talk, they’d tell you that meals taste
best straight out of the cat food can. The Luxury Cat
Dish from toy and novelty retailer Archie McPhee holds
everything from kibble to caviar. This 5-inch ceramic
tuna can is pet- and human-safe. $16.95 at mcphee.com
National Geographic and PetSmart have joined forces to
market a line of pet toys that entertain and exercise
pets and encourage interaction with their humans. Cat
toys include a jellyfish, lizard, electronic caterpillar
and slithering snake. These colorful toys satisfy a cat’s
chase and hunt instincts by simulating the movements of
prey in the wild. Proceeds benefit animal conservation
and habitat preservation. Jellyfish Teaser — $7.99 at
Clothing for dogs is big business, and there’s one
wardrobe item that’s practical. Dog footwear can help
protect paw pads from road salt, rocks and mud. Combine
them with one of several pet-safe ice-melting products
for sidewalks, like Morton Safe-T-Pet Care Ice Melt or
Safe Paw. Good2Go waterproof socks — $19.99 at Petco.
Fish are tough to shop for, but you can give them a more
natural habitat with a collection of aquatic plants to
perk up their aquarium decor. Pet stores offers a wide
range of plants that will thrive in water, including
Jungle Bamboo, Corkscrew Vallisneria, Lemon Bacopa and
Amazon Sword. Prices range from $1.99 to $10.99.
professional pet portrait is a great way to show off
four-legged family members as well as two-legged ones. A
number of professional photographers specialize in pet
portraits. Prices range from $19 to $59.
your pet under surveillance and catch them when they
sneak onto the couch or kitchen counter. The Motorola
Scout 500-2 Video Pet Monitor consists of a monitoring
unit and two indoor cameras. It has two-way
communication so you can talk to your pet from another
room. Infrared night vision allows monitoring in low
light. $99 at PetSmart.
is the gift that keeps on giving all year. This
subscription service delivers a box with four or more
toys, bones and treats to your pooch every month.
BarkBox donates 10 percent of its profits to shelters
and other animal-related organizations. Plans start at
American Kennel Club offers Woofipedia boxed collections
of toys, treats and personalized items that range in
price from $40 to $50. Available at shop.woofipedia.com
Planet’s Sherpa Blanket for dogs is an ultra-soft
40-by-50-inch blanket that also works as a car
seat/couch cover. Proceeds benefit Animal Planet’s
Reach Out. Act. Respond animal advocacy initiative.
$14.99 at wag.com.