The Best Holiday Gifts to Buy for Pet Owners in 2019
Furbo Treat Tossing Dog Camera, $199
This versatile HD video camera helps owners keep an eye on their dogs through a smartphone app. See and hear what the dog is doing, talk to them or even toss them a treat from the camera’s built-in treat bin. Plus, the barking alert notification helps owners calm down unruly pets and could tip off other unwanted activities in the home – such as if a dog is barking at an intruder.
Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 11s Max, $269.99
A robot vacuum is like a footsoldier in the never-ending war against pet hair. This one has powerful suction, self-charging features, an infrared sensor to avoid obstacles, and a remote control. It’s also narrow enough to fit underneath furniture. (One caveat: If a pet has frequent accidents on the rug, robot vacuums can sometimes track through and make things worse.)
Embark Dog DNA Test, $189
“What kind of dog is that?” Owners of mystery mutts hear that question all the time. Help them come up with an answer with the Embark Dog DNA testing kit. Send off a saliva sample using the provided swab, and receive results that include the canine’s family tree in about 2-4 weeks. Developed in partnership with the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, this kit screens for 250+ dog breeds and 170+ genetic diseases.
Petcube Play 2, $199
This sleek-looking camera sports a pet- and human-safe laser and two-way sound so you can play with your dog or cat via smartphone. There’s also an automatic mode so you can keep your pets entertained even when you’re busy. The Play 2 offers a variety of notification options, but you do need a Petcube monthly subscription to access all of the app features.
Custom Pet Face Stickers, $17.99
Nothing delights pet owners like seeing their dog or cat’s face. With these custom stickers, they can plaster it everywhere! Upload a clear, well-lit photo of the pet and the vendor will trace their face and turn it into a high-quality matte vinyl sticker sheet. The custom stickers should ship in 3-4 days, but be sure to check the estimated delivery date if you’re on a deadline.
Whistle GO Explore Health & Location Tracker, $129.95
Some dogs are escape artists. Others just spend a lot of time outdoors. This collar-mounted GPS tracking device works with AT&T cell towers to allow owners to track down Rover when he roams. It also has activity detection features to help indicate whether there are changes in your dog’s health or activity level. The pet owners will need a smartphone and a $9.95 per month subscription to the Whistle mobile app. For best results, mount on one of Whistle’s Twist & Go pet collars, sold separately.
Wopet Automatic Pet Feeder, $89.95
An automated feeder grants pet owners a little more flexibility in their daily schedules while still keeping pets to a regular routine.This one dispenses customizable portions of dry food for cats or dogs. You can also record a custom voice message announcing mealtime for your pet.
Aquapaw Pet Scrubber, $24.95
Pet owners that DIY their dog grooming need all the help they can get. This device connects to a water source (either a shower or hose) and fits over your hand, so you can bathe your pet using the same action as you would to pet them. Plus, it eliminates the mess of spraying and helps to permeate dense coats.
PetSafe ScoopFree Ultra Self-Cleaning Cat Litter Box, $129.99
Cleaning the litter box is never fun. This high-tech self-cleaning version has automatic scooping and liquid-absorbing crystal litter to help you go longer between cleanings. It seems to present a learning curve for cats and owners alike, but many reviewers swear by its mess- and odor-eliminating superpowers and say it can go weeks without cleaning.
iBuddy Dog Seat Belt, $9.99+
It’s easy to appreciate this cheap, durable, effective safety device that helps dogs stay put during car rides. The elasticized nylon bungee clips into your car’s seat belt buckle and latches onto your dog’s collar or harness. It makes driving with an excitable dog much easier and safer, for drivers and passengers alike.
Countertop Wheatgrass Growing Kit, $27.95
Wheatgrass is a great diversion for cats who eat houseplants or dogs that munch on grass. Wheatgrass offers a number of health benefits that ordinary crabgrass doesn’t provide, and growing it indoors minimizes the risk of your pet ingesting pesticides or parasites. It doesn’t appeal to the tastes of every dog or cat, but in that case, add it to your smoothies. Wheatgrass is great for humans, too.
Friends Forever Interactive Cat Laser, $21.99
Some cats can’t resist the siren song of the little red dot. Fulfill their wildest dreams with this interactive toy that sends a pet- and human-safe laser pointer in random patterns around the ground. It has customizable settings so that you can adjust it speed and pattern for maximum feline appeal. It also has a 15-minute auto shutoff feature to make sure your cats can’t overdo it.
SleepyPod Air In-Cabin Pet Carrier & Car Seat, $169.95
This plush nylon all-purpose pet carrier is certified by the Center for Pet Safety, making it a handy and reliable travel accessory for anyone who includes their small pet in their on-the-go lifestyle. Suitable for both air and automobile travel, it meets all airline and TSA requirements and has seat belt straps for securing it in the car. The nylon, foam and plush components are designed for easy cleaning.
Canine Coddler Dog Anti-Anxiety Blanket, $84.99
This lightly weighted blanket is a good gift for owners of nervous dogs. It provides a gentle pressure that can imitate a hug or human contact, which is a source of relief for dogs who are fearful or anxious. Reviewers say it’s extremely helpful during thunderstorms, fireworks and episodes of separation anxiety.
SureFlap Microchip Pet Door, $250
Pet doors are convenient, but they introduce a few drawbacks for home security and energy efficiency. Smart doors like this one can help. Its selective entry function opens up the door only when the pet’s microchip is detected. If the pet isn’t microchipped, one of the included collar tags can be worn instead.
Buying Tips: What to Consider When Buying Gifts for Pets & Pet Owners
Products marketed to pets aren’t always thoroughly regulated, so purchase from reputable brands. Plus, some animals have injuries or sensitivities that require them to avoid certain foods and activities.
Type of Household
Number of people and pets in the home, yard size, and whether or not the pet spends a lot of time home alone are all factors that could determine what kind of gift might be best.
Even popular and highly rated products won’t appeal to every pet. Keep the pet’s temperament in mind when choosing a gift, along with the behaviors that the pet owner would like to promote.