Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and many of you will be giving your pets something special.
An informal survey we did last year found that 45 percent of pet caregivers — nearly half of them — planned to give their pets a Valentine’s Day gift.
There are so many holiday-themed pet gifts it makes my head spin; tons of lovey-dovey, heart-shaped this or that for Baxter or Mr. Fluffmeister. But not all traditional gifts are safe. With food or treats, for example, ingredients such as chocolate, xylitol and grapes can be toxic to cats and dogs.
Below are 14 safe (and fun) Valentine’s gift ideas.
1. Love Pup Caterpillar
Toys are always great gifts and offer a fun way to interact with your dogs or keep them busy when you’re away from home. The Love Pup Caterpillar (affiliate link) is perfect for a game of tug-of-war or for the endless battle to destroy the squeaker toy inside (my dog was a pro at this).
2. Catnip Pickle
Cat people can go with the catnip pickle toy. It’s a soft green pickle filled with aromatic catnip that will have your kitty chasing, grabbing and going nuts. It’s Pets Adviser’s best-selling toy — for good reason.
3. “Kiss Me” Hoodie
If you’re still feeling the effects from a cold winter or just love to dress up your pets, a new Valentine’s outfit isn’t hard to find. This hoodie is lightweight and perfect for walks. It comes in 6 sizes and is almost half off from The Sassy Pup.
4. Tuxedo Kitty Clothing
Whether your cat demands to be the center of attention or is always looking for ways to stay warm, this tuxedo shirt in Valentine’s Day colors offers a comfortable yet formal pizzazz.
5. Heart ID Tag
Has your pet’s ID tag seen better days? Prefer a tag with a love motif? You’re in luck. This heart ID tag comes in 2 sizes, small and large, from Pet Elegance. The back can be engraved with 4 lines of text you specify during checkout.
6. Heart Bowl
Category: Bowls & Dishes
Although food and water may just be daily ho-hum necessities, give it some flair with heart-themed bowls and dishes. This heart bowl is available from Amazon (affiliate link).
7. Posh Pink Tent
Category: Pet Beds
Is your pet’s pad in need of an upgrade? Or perhaps your pet is like mine — I get a new bed and she sleeps everywhere but there. I think it’s the bed, so I buy another. Well, here is a fantastically frilly one for Valentine’s Day. Both dog and cat versions are available at Doggie Vogue.
8. Trendy Dog Collar
Category: Collars and Leashes
If your furball is still wearing a collar with reindeer or snowflakes on it, it’s time to update the look. Here are some Valentine’s colors to get you started. This dog collar has optional letters if you want it personalized.
9. Cat Collar With Hearts
Category: Collars and Leashes
This cat collar has a breakaway clasp and pretty hearts. Get it at Amazon (affiliate link).
10. Valentine’s Treat Box
Oh so scrumptious and delicious… What pet could say no? There are treats you can buy or make yourself to spoil your pet with something special. If you don’t have time to bake, order it! Pictured here is the Valentine’s treat box from Healthy Hound Bakery.
11. Catnip Brownies
Brownies made for cats and full of catnip! Order from Pampered Paw Gifts.
12. Tagg: The Pet Tracker
Category: Pet Trackers
This gift works for the benefit of you and your pet. You get peace of mind knowing your pet can be found, and your pet gets a better chance at coming home if lost or stolen. We used and reviewed the Tagg device and give it 4 paws up.
13. Pamper Your Pet
Schedule a trip to the groomer for a bath, ear cleaning or nail trim. Your pet will feel and smell better, and you get a break. Find a Groomer is a good place to get started. I entered my ZIP code and found a groomer minutes away from my home. Some groomers will come to you. Many will also happily use Valentine-themed bandanas or bows to celebrate the season of love. Ask in advance about what pets and types they will groom.
Yes, time is a gift. Your pet loves it, you’ll feel better afterward and it’s free. Play with toys, go to the park, chase some string or just take a midday nap with your dog or cat. Don’t forget to turn off your posting-tweeting-liking electronic monsters so you won’t get distracted.