Christmas 2021: 11 of the best gifts to give cats, dogs and small pets

11 of the best gifts to give your pets for Christmas 2021 from toys to accessories
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If your family is one of the estimated 3.2million that bought themselves a lockdown pet during the pandemic, then there will be an extra name on your Christmas shopping list this year.

Whether you own a cat, dog, rabbit, or chinchilla, there are endless ways to express your love for your furry friend on December 25, and make a style statement, too.

From interactive toys to luxurious toiletries, designer jewellery to high fashion, check out our picks for the smartest pet presents on the market, with something to suit all budgets.

Dogs do dream! Dogs and humans have the same type of slow wave sleep (SWS) and rapid eye movement (REM) and during this REM stage dogs can dream. The twitching and paw movements that occur during their sleep are signs that your pet is dreaming

Hugo & Hudson reversible padded dog coat

dog wearing padded puffer coat

Keep your best buddy toasty and stylish on long winter walks with the padded puffer style coat, which comes in black, blue, fuchsia pink, or red.

Buy for £34 from Next.

Cat scratching DJ deck

Cat scratching DJ deck
Save your sofas

Cats love to scratch your furniture, to exercise their muscles, mark their territory, and just for sheer devilment. Give them an alternative with this Instagram-friendly scratching station.

Buy for £22 from The Letteroom.

Did you hear that? Sound frequency is measured in Hertz (Hz). The higher the Hertz, the higher-pitched the sound. Dogs hear best at 8,000 Hz, while humans hear best at around 2,000 Hz.

Sofa topper in flame velvet

velvet sofa topper with dogs sitting on top
No more pet hairs all over your furniture
Both Christmassy and practical, end the annoyance of pet hairs on your soft furnishings with a stylish, waterproof, washable topper. Buy for £165 (two-seater) from The Lounging Hound

LangRay interactive cat toy

LangRay interactive cat toy
Hours of kitty entertainment

If you are back at work, you can give your cat hours of fun in your absence with this rotating play ball with flashing lights.

Once charged up it will roll about for up to four hours.

Buy for £15.22 from Mano Mano.

Alessi Dog Food Bowl

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Alessi Dog Food Bowl
Practical and stylish
If you like your designer homewares then this stylish curvy dog bowl by iconic Italian brand Alessi looks good enough to serve up a snack for yourself.

And its tilted design will help stop spills from messy eaters.

Buy for £56 (£42 for a small version) from John Lewis.

Christmas hanging garland

hanging garland
Brighten up their hutch

Don’t forget about tiny pets over the holidays. This cute garland made of vine and rattan will brighten up the hutches or cage, and they also come stuffed with
lovely marigold or raspberry leaf for snack time.

Buy for £12.99 from Etsy.

Organic Catnip Filled Mouse

catnip filled mouse with snowflake design
You can’t go wrong with a classic catnip mouse

Stuff a Kong With Treats to Keep Them Busy. Stuff a Kong with some yummy treats to keep your dog occupied, and for a tougher challenge you can freeze them in there. You don’t need fancy dog treats or stuffing either – here’s 39 food & treats I like to Stuff in Kongs.

Encourage your cat’s hunting instinct with this cute hand-made cotton mouse, which is stuffed full of the dried catnip flowers and leaves that felines find irresistible.

Buy for £4.95 from Etsy.

Danish Design Arctic snuggle dog bed

snuggle dog bed
Cosy up (Picture: Tom Crane)

We all know the importance of a good night’s sleep and this faux suede and fur dog’s bed is super soft and comfy. And its muted greige colourway will go with most colour schemes.

Buy for £35.99 from John Lewis.

Fairtrade sterling silver dog tag

bone dog tag
Engrave with their name

INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOUR PET: Man’s best friend? Petting a dog and gazing into their eyes releases oxytocin (i.e the “love hormone”) not only for you, but for them as well.

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a little bit of bling and this simple bone-shaped tag can be clipped to your dog’s collar.

You can get their name engraved if you want, and customise with a gemstone or two.

Buy for £105 from Harriet Kelsall Jewellery.

Joules leather pet collar

red collar
A great colour and a comfy fit

A statement colour, and great quality for the price, this collar is a walkies essential. A matching lead is available too if you want to go the matchy-matchy route.

Buy for £16 from Joules.

Tank cat playhouse

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tank for cats
Fun to play with, fun to look ay

True, your average moggy would be happy messing around with your discarded boxes and wrapping paper, but for a bit of seasonal fun, upgrade to this army-green foldaway tank playhouse.

Buy for £15.99 from IWOOT.

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No, it’s not just to make themselves look adorable. Dogs curl up in a ball when they sleep due to an age-old instinct to keep themselves warm and protect their abdomen and vital organs from predators.