While planning your Christmas shopping, don’t forget to have a little something special under the tree for your furry family members. We came up with a few cool ideas hitting all price points, and most of these options are available at local, independently owned pet stores (and in some cases, at larger box stores and almost always online). If buying locally, it’s always a good idea to call ahead to check on stock of specific items.
A year of kittens
Local non-profit cat rescue group Alley Cats & Angels produces a professional quality calendar to raise money for their medical fund each year, and this year’s offering has some special kitties: two blind kittens, a one-eyed kitten and a three-legged kitten highlight the special case cats this group regularly takes on. $15. Purchase online at alleycatsandangels.org or at any Raleigh or Cary Unleashed (facebook.com/UnleashedRaleigh) pet store.
Chew your veggies
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A fun way for your dog to get his chew on, these durable Orbee-Tuff toys come in eggplant, artichoke, carrot, chili pepper, raspberry and strawberry shapes for all sizes of dogs. If your dog isn’t into veggies, they make snowball, lump of coal and Christmas light shapes. Each toy has a treat-spot for stuffing tasty snacks. $7.45-$15.95. Available on planetdog.com or at local pet stores including Phydeaux, Unleashed and Woof Gang Bakery.
These gorgeous, sturdy wool beds from Dharma Dog Karma Cat are created by women’s collectives, socially conscious artisans and family run businesses in Tibet, Nepal and India. And best of all, they’re available in local stores and come in models that work for both cats and small dogs. $50-$80. dharmadogkarmacat.com or at Phydeaux stores.
Polly wants to shred
Birds love to chew and destroy, and these colorful, crunchy toys – handwoven palm leaves on the outside and natural fibers and shredders tied to rope on the inside – are perfect. One of these little toys means hours of fun for your bird. They come in all sizes and lots of different designs. You can find them at large pet retailers like Petco or at Phydeaux stores.
Help local pets
Help dogs and cats (and bunnies and other snuggly pets) right here at home with a donation to a local animal rescue group. There are many worthy non-profit animal groups in the Triangle who need your help. And if you give a gift in someone’s name, you’ll kill two (pretend!) birds with one stone: you’ll help animals and mark a name off your shopping list at the same time. If you’re an animal lover you likely have a favorite group in mind, but if not, it’s hard to go wrong with the SPCA of Wake County (wakespca.org), which aids animals all across the state.