The Best Toys to Get Your Dog or Cat This Holiday Season
Recent headlines reveal the toy marketplace for pets is now a billion-dollar-a-year business with sales reaching historic highs. While dog toys account for around 75% of these annual purchases, cats still enjoy their fair share of these practical playthings.
While pet toys are an excellent gift for animals, they also provide a source of exercise, stimulation and increased activity, giving our animals intellectual and interactive benefits leading to a longer and healthier life.
"With literally hundreds, even thousands, of different toys to choose from, which ones are the best bets for our pets?" TWEET THIS
Check out this list of the best interactive toys for our furry friends. We'll start in the doghouse since they're taking up three-quarters of the marketplace and trade off with choices for our beloved cat companions:
What's better than bacon? More bacon! And the Benebon's brand of bacon-flavored chew toys are always a big hit with the chewiest of canines. While bacon-flavored treats and toys certainly can't be beat, these chew-centric sensations also provide better overall teeth, gum and oral hygiene health for dogs of all ages.
You'd think digging was for the dogs, but not with this interactive adventure toy for cats. While there's an obvious reference associated with curiosity and cats, this little "PlayStation" for felines provides stimulation for kitties of all ages, by engaging all of their senses including sight, sound, pawing, clawing and more.
With a name like that, you'd expect something really incredible for your dog to enjoy, and this toy certainly delivers. This gadget provides engagement with a bit of jaw-dropping exercise while your canine figures out a puzzling way to chew and uncover their reward in the form of a tasty treat.
Appearing like a cross between a fishbowl and a puzzle, this inquisitive maze will really get your cat working and wondering how to uncover their treats. Playtime with this piece involves problem-solving, stalking, gawking and other maneuvers that will keep them busy for days and days.
While this choice might not be the most PC option available on the marketplace, or the prettiest plush toy found online, it still garners plenty of love, attention and affection from your pooch. With a durable rubber surface and hidden squeakers inside, this toy will keep your pet pleasantly occupied for many miles.
As a general rule, if it flies, floats, scurries, skedaddles or travels, your cat will be on it like a comet and that's what this little spinner provides. With unpredictable movements, fluttering sounds, and action, your cat is sure to enjoy this inexpensive favorite.
We've all seen them on social media, those "fetch-machines" that engage dogs for hours when these devices launch balls into the air for hours of non-stop play. This little gem will keep them going-and-going providing perpetual playtime.
Our last entry is great for both dogs and cats alike with a selection of multi-colored, battery-operated balls to keep little critters chasing and exercising all around the house or yard.
With the new year right around the corner, don't forget to contact us to set up your pet's annual wellness check. In the meantime, we hope you and your furry family have a very happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year!
About Dr. Natalie Waggener
Dr. Natalie Waggener has 17 years of experience in emergency work and general practice in Rhode Island, Florida and Massachusetts. She has a special interest in dentistry, wellness care and rehabilitation therapy. She is currently licensed in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island.