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CIJ: Pet Gift Ideas July 20, 2009

Posted by texasheartland in Animals, Beds, Cat Furniture, cats, Christmas, Christmas in July, dogs, family, Gift Ideas, gifts, holidays, shopping.
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christmas-kitten-cat-756396Don’t forget our furry friends this Christmas! Our 3 cats and 1 dog are as much as a part of this family than anyone else and we have always given them some sort of gift (unwrapped, of course) so that they don’t feel left out at Christmas.

There are TONS of gifts that you can give your doggy or your kitty at Christmas! What my family always does, even if they receive something else, is get our fur babies treats. Since the Holidays are filled with sweets and pets can’t usually have them, we give them treats so that they don’t beg for that piece of chocolate. There are numerous treats out there pretty much everywhere so pick up a bag/can of your pet’s favorite treats for Christmas!

Toys are another great way to celebrate the Holidays with Fido or Fluffly. Smokie and Patches (Smokie is my cat and Patches is my Mom’s) enjoy catnip-filled mice and string while Princess (Manders’ kitty) enjoys the feather and fluffy toys. Zeus will play with practically anything but really loves to play tug-of-war. So depending on your pet’s favorite game(s), giet them a toy they will enjoy!

Even though Fido loves to sleep on your bed or Fluffy wants to sleep on your favorite couch, get them the gift that keeps on giving! Instead of losing your couch or bed to your pet, give them their own! At PetCo, they have all shapes and sizes to choose from. They even have dog couches and cat cradles for your loved one to sleep in on those extra cold nights. Fido will feel happy that he has his own bed that no one else can sleep on and Fluffy will be glad that she has her own quiet place!

If you have a friend that has pets and you want to give them something, give them the gift of a gift card. If something happens and they need to run to PetsMart or PetCo, they won’t have to worry if they have enough money to get what they need. Maybe they’re thinking of getting a pet and giving them the giftcard will make them feel more confident in their choice, since it won’t be for just a dog or for just a cat.

Every year at Christmas at Wal-Mart, they sell animal Christmas stockings that are filled with toys and treats. So take the guesswork out of wondering what your pet will enjoy and get them a Christmas stocking. They will be so excited, they’ll play with more than one of the toys included! I know we have given our pets a Christmas stocking for years and every year, they play with it like it will be their last! Sometimes they even play with it months after. I know Fido and Fluffy will enjoy it!

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Spoiling Smokie April 18, 2009

Posted by texasheartland in Animals, Cat Furniture, cats, family, Feelings, Furniture, random.
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MidwestMom, someone I have known for years, posted about being a good fur baby mommy to her adorable cat, Merlin. At the end of the post, she left a link about cat furniture and everything to make sure your cat has a palace in your home. Naturally, Smokie thinks she is queen of the house and will practically wake up Patches (whom is sleeping on top of the living room television) and actually make Patches move just so she can sleep ontop of the television. That cat baffles me.

So instead of sleeping at the foot of the bed to be kicked off or right near my head where I get a mouth full of fur, I decided to check out the link MidwestMom left. At CozyCatFurniture, they have some of the coolest stuff I know Patches, Princess, AND Smokie will love! They have everything from Cat Trees, Cat Condos, Cat Beds, and even Cat Houses! These already run ours- they don’t need their own! While they are on the expensive side, I know that one of those condos will come in handy. Maybe they won’t argue over the TV. Instead, they’ll argue over who gets what on the kitty condo. I’d get them a kitty bed but they prefer the box near the window in the bedroom, the TV, on top of the desk, or the bed. They have no problem finding a place to sleep. Just a place to play and fight over.

Maybe a Cat House will come in handy for time outs (yes, the kitties get time out. Have you ever tried to chase a cat that has escaped and one that can run like a cheetah?).