14 Sweet Ways to Pamper Your Pet for Valentine’s Day

You don’t need a special day to pamper your pet, but Valentine’s Day is a nice reminder nonetheless. This “people holiday” can be a wonderful “pet holiday” too! When those paws come padding across the floor to see you on February 14th, you’ll be ready with lots of love and attention. Get inspired with these 14 sweet and simple ways to pamper your pet.

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1. Playtime for two
The two of you can always find something to do! You know your pet’s favorite activity, whether it’s romping around playing fetch or scampering after a toy mouse, so set aside some time for lively play.

2. Spending time with others
If your dog is social and well-behaved, he’ll probably enjoy spending time with other dogs, kids, or adults. Your dog gets to be lavished with pets and pats; plus, a visit from your pup might brighten someone’s day!

3. Going for a walk
If the weather allows, go for a walk past your dog’s favorite sniffing grounds.

4. Quiet time
If your tuckered-out puppy needs a little downtime, let him rest, but not without a blissful belly rub or scratch behind the ear, of course.

5. New toy
You don’t have to get rid of his favorite slobbery stuffy, but you can always surprise your pet with a new toy to pique his interest.

6. Home spa day
If a professional pet grooming session isn’t in the budget, have a home spa day. Groom your dog so he’s looking extra-handsome, or brush your cat while she purrs with contentment.

7. Homemade meal
Tie on your apron, and prepare your pet’s favorite meal – just be sure that the ingredients are healthy and safe for your pet.

8. Special food treat
Pick up something delicious (to canine minds, anyway) from the dog bakery, or indulge your pet in a treat that he doesn’t get very often. Delight your parrot with nutrient-rich fresh fruit; some seeds and certain fruits may be off-limits.

9. Shared sofa space
You don’t have to banish your pet from the sofa anymore; just be prepared with a pet furniture cover that protects most of the furnishing, or a pet cover with bolsters.

10. Shared bed space
Let your dog or cat catch 40 winks during the day or slumber for the night at the foot of your bed. You don’t have to fret about damage to your comforter or bedspread if you have a bed protector for pets.

11. Accent table/pet house
Give your small pet his own safe, cozy hideaway while furnishing your room with an accent table/pet house. Placed beside your chair or bed, this table will suit both you and your pet!

12. Food area update
Chow time! If your dog’s food mat is looking a little dingy, or it keeps sliding across the floor, place his bowls on a new personalized pet mat with slip-resistant backing.

13. Sweet(er) dreams
Freshen up your pet’s bed by washing the removable cover. Or, if it’s time for a new pet bed, find him something plush and soft with plenty of extra cushioning. Older animals especially will appreciate having a memory foam pet bed for pressure relief.

14. Animal attire
Winter shivers shouldn’t ruin this day. If your dog has short/thin hair or a weakened immune system, he might be more comfortable in a sweater or jacket. Just be sure to find a material that won’t cause your pet discomfort, and measure properly so that the fit is good. Socks or boots with grips can be helpful to elderly dogs or those in need of traction on slippery areas.

Indoor Activities to Keep Your Pet Active During the Winter

Winter weather plays no favorites; two-legged or four, you’re going to be spending more time inside. If you’re tired of being cooped up, remember that your furry friend might be dealing with his own version of cabin fever. While he might not be able to roll around in the green grass after chasing after his favorite Frisbee, he can still stay alert and active indoors. Consider these indoor pet activities suggested by the ASPCA and PetMD.

Learning Stations
Create several “stations” in your home, with a different sign and pet command at each. Walk your dog to each station, and state the command or signal it. If he’s successful, he gets a treat! You’ll reinforce basic commands while your dog stays active.

Hide and Seek…Treats!
Clear out the breakables from one room, and get ready for a little game with your favorite furry pal. While your dog is out of the room, hide treats for him to find. PetMD suggests making the treats easy to find at first, then more difficult once your dog understands the game.

Food-Dispensing Toy
If your dog’s getting bored or restless, stimulate him with a treat-dispensing toy before behavioral problems start. PetMD recommends choosing a food toy that’s durable and easy to clean, filling it with healthy treats, and using it only occasionally (not at regular feedings).

New Commands
If your dog’s an ace at basic commands, consider teaching him new tricks. Wouldn’t you like a high-five from your canine buddy, or to see him “putting away” his own toys in a basket? You and your dog can bond, and you’ll keep his mind engaged as he learns something new. PetMD recommends a 15-minute session.

Fun for Felines
Though your kitty loves to lounge about, exercise is good for him too. PetMD suggests stimulating your cat’s hunting instincts with motorized mice, feather toys, or yarn; just make sure to put the feather or yarn away after playtime is over. Another option is to use a laser pointer to mimic the appearance of a bug; your cat might love chasing it and romping around. Keep the pointer low to the ground, and avoid flashing it in your cat’s eyes.

New Year’s Eve Pet Safety Tips

You’re ready to ring in the New Year, but is your pet? Your four-legged friend will need some extra attention during this time; all the commotion and revelry might leave him feeling stressed or scared. Make sure you both have a fun, safe start to the New Year with these pet safety tips from the ASPCA and PetMD.

1. Ensure Proper Identification

Make sure your pet’s ID tags and microchip details are up to date. Fireworks or other loud noises might startle your pet, and though you hate to think of him lost, it’s best to be prepared.

2. Give Your Pet a Secure Space

Secure pet gates and provide your pet with a safe, enclosed space away from all the ruckus. This comfort zone should include fresh water and a place to snuggle or “hide” if he gets scared.

3. Avoid Confetti

Remember that those shiny, tempting confetti strings can get lodged in a cat’s intestines, so cross the confetti off your list. No kitty wants to start the New Year with surgery!

4. Provide Your Pet with Soothing Sounds

Give those sensitive ears something other than fireworks and party noise to listen to, such as soothing classical music or a favorite TV show (if your pet has one).

5. Exercise Beforehand If Possible

If the weather permits, take your dog for a walk before the party’s in full swing. Or, enjoy some indoor activities together. Exercise beforehand can help to tire your pet out, so he’ll be calmer before the New Year’s merriment.

6. Furnish Toys or Food Puzzles

Distract your pet from the hubbub with toys that he can play with safely or a food puzzle that will keep him engaged.

7. Remember the TLC!

Comfort your pet if he seems anxious. Speak in soothing tones and be gentle with your affection. You can even give him a few treats when he’s being calm.

Adopt; Don’t Shop! Choose a Shelter Pet

Will there be a wriggling, curious furball joining your family this December? Consider adopting a shelter pet into your loving home. You might be inspired to adopt a pet after reading a few reasons from the Humane Society.

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1. Save a Pet’s Life

Welcome a shelter pet into your home, and rest easy knowing you saved an animal’s life. Encourage other would-be pet owners to adopt shelter pets as well. Together, you can reduce the number of pets who are euthanized each year.

2. It’s a Smart Choice

The adoption fee often includes spaying or neutering, vaccinations, and microchipping.

3. Easier Adjustment Period

Many shelter pets are already housetrained, which makes those first few adjustment weeks easier on you, your pet, and your home.

4. Self-Esteem Boost

Enjoy the emotional boost and positive feelings that come from caring for a furry companion.

5. Personality Match

With all the pets to choose from, you can find a dog or cat who will fit your personality and lifestyle. Whether you’re always active or more laid back, there’s a pet out there just for you!

Preparing Your Home for a New Pet

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You might be thinking about selecting a heartwarming holiday gift this year – a new pet! As cute and irresistible as they are, new pets are not toys, and they’ll need your love and care for years to come. Make sure your home is ready for a new pet this Christmas, so that the transition is as smooth and joyful as possible.

Making a List (and Checking It Twice)

Stock up on supplies before you bring your new pet home, so you won’t have to make a frantic run to the pet store. The basics include a collar with a name tag, carrier, pet food, treats, food and water bowls, a scooper and bags, pet bed, toys, and grooming tools. Remember litter and a litter box for your cat, and a leash for your dog. The ASPCA recommends easing your pet into his new home by providing him with the food and litter he’s been used to, at least at first.

Before the First Day of Christmas

Take care of a few tasks before the Christmas frenzy hits. Make sure you have an identification tag ready with your phone number, and a secure carrier so your pet is safe while you travel home. Schedule a wellness visit; the Humane Society recommends taking your pet to the veterinarian within a week of adoption. Make sure other pets in the home are in good health and up-to-date on their shots. Do your research on feeding schedules, housetraining for dogs, and kitty litter training.

Our Troubles Will Be Out of Sight

Your pet’s safety is of the utmost importance, so pet-proof your home where needed. The ASPCA recommends removing stray items that your pet could chew or swallow, covering electrical outlets, putting away harsh chemicals, and moving any toxic houseplants. Remember that window cords can be a strangulation hazard to pets, so opt for pet-friendly alternatives. Keep washer, dryer, and toilet lids closed so small pets don’t climb inside. Move valuables to safe locations, and consider investing in furniture covers or pet gates to protect your furnishings.

All Is Calm

During your pet’s first days home, provide him with his own quiet, safe space and limit his access to other rooms. Place his food, water, and bed nearby, and let him explore his new surroundings. While it’s tempting for everyone in the family to lavish him with cuddles and attention, keep in mind that your pet is in a new home, and he’s still getting his bearings. Slowly introduce him to other rooms, children, and pets so he isn’t overwhelmed with all the excitement. According to the ASPCA, a cat may need up to 14 days to relax in a new environment.

‘Tis the Season to Be Jolly

Busy pets are happy pets! A bored pet can wreck havoc on your furnishings, so set aside time for exercise and play. The ASPCA recommends giving your dog at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise per day. Furnish your pet with toys that allow him to chew or scratch, such as chew toys for a dog and a scratching post for a cat.

Peace on Earth

Make sure everyone in the family is ready to accept the responsibility of a pet. Do your best to divvy up pet chores ahead of time, and take turns feeding, grooming, cleaning, and walking your pet.

Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Pet Lovers

Do you need a little gift-giving inspiration this holiday season? If you’re struggling to find special gifts for the fellow pet lovers on your list, these suggestions might be just what you need. Curl up with your dog or cat, and have a look at these unique gift ideas!
Click on the name or image to view the products.

  1. Personalized Pet Stocking
    A pet is a member of the family and deserves a stocking brimming with goodies just like everyone else. Fill the stocking with toys, treats, and grooming essentials for a wonderful holiday gift.
    Woof Dog Christmas Stocking Red
  2. Pet Photo Holiday Pillow
    Slip in a photo of the recipient’s mischievous pet for a humorous Christmas gift. Being good “most of the time” should be good enough for Santa, right?

    Pet Picture Cat Pillow Cat 10 Square

  3. Microplush Quilted Pet Cover with Bolster
    Pet owners will love having a special spot for Fido or Fluffy. This cover can be personalized with the pet’s name.

    Microplush Bolstered Pet Cover 30 x 30

  4. Pet-Themed Holiday Figurine
    Santa loves pets too! Your favorite pet owner will love to display this figurine atop a bookcase, dresser, or mantel – out of pets’ reach, of course.

    Micestro Clothtique Santa with Cats Red

  5. Cat Sculpture or Dog Sculpture
    Find an abstract, modern sculpture or a realistic depiction. If you know the pet’s personality, find a sculpture to match.

    Merlin Cat Sculpture Orange
    Morning Walk Dachshund Sculpture Black

  6. Dog Treat Jar
    The pet owner on your list might love an upgrade! He or she can store dog treats without worrying about an eyesore on the counter.

    Dog Treat Jar Cream

  7. Dog Bone Braided Rug
    Dog owners will be happy to have a charming, dedicated space for food and water bowls.

    V470

Holiday Pet Furniture Covers

With the holiday feast over and you in your cap

You settled into your chair for a post-dinner nap

When what to your drowsy eyes should appear

But an adorable furball, grinning from ear to ear.

You were tempted to tell him, “This is not your bed”

As visions of snags and messes danced in your head

But before you said, “Dash away, dash away, dash away, all!”

You found a solution for creatures large and small

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These festive holiday pet furniture covers will keep your furnishings looking good while infusing your decor with seasonal spirit. And if your pet is ready to claim his rightful place beside you, you can indulge him, since these covers are snag- and soil-resistant, as well as water-repellant.

Made from quilted polyester microfiber, these pet protectors are machine washable, should you need to freshen them up before guests arrive. Simply line dry them, and place them back on your furnishings. Holiday furniture covers are available in recliner, loveseat, and sofa sizes. The recliner cover can be used on a standard chair or wing chair. Click here to view both patterns.

The Snowflake Furniture Protector looks like a winter wonderland with its all-over snowflake print. Cover is available in red and blue.

Snowflake Furniture Protector Cover Recliner Snowflake Furniture Protector Cover Recliner

The Cardinal Furniture Protector features a darling cardinal and holly print on a light blue background with snowflakes.

Cardinal Furniture Protector Cover Light Blue Recliner Cardinal Furniture Protector Cover Light Blue Recliner

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