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Thoughtful Gift Ideas For Cats, Dogs, And Their People

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday fast approaching, there’s no better time to begin holiday shopping. Meaningful gifts that are also practical are always appreciated.


Image of  a dog hugging their HuggiePup stuffed dog, which brings calm and comfort.
HuggiePup stuffed animals for dogs

With a warm heating pad and lifelike heartbeat, this adorable stuffed dog can really help nervous or anxious dogs feel calm and comforted. Perfect for dogs adjusting to their forever home, too! Available online and in stores.

Image of a square dark green puzzle toy with light green removable pieces. Dogs love to find the treats placed under each of the pieces.
Puzzle Toy by Nina Ottosson

Puzzle toys are a wonderful way to mentally stimulate a dog. The sense of accomplishment a pup feels when they figure out the puzzle and earn their treat not only helps their self-esteem, it keeps them busy! For dogs with separation anxiety, giving them a puzzle to figure out will distract them when you are ready to leave the house. Available online and in stores.

Image of the four varieties of Bearnola Bites by Charlie Bear, including P.B. & Honey, Cranberry Cobbler, Pumpkin Spice, and Blueberry Pie.
Full line of Bearnola Bites dog treats by Charlee Bear

Dogs find these natural treats irresistible! After all, they are made with stellar ingredients that dogs love, including oats, peanut butter, cranberries, and honey. And pet parents can feel great about giving a treat made without wheat, corn, soy, artificial flavors, or preservatives. Bearnola Bites come in four varieties: P.B. & Honey, Cranberry Cobbler, Pumpkin Spice, and Blueberry Pie. Available online and in stores.

Image of three durable dog toys made by West Paw, in blue, green and orange
West Paw Durable Dog Toys

Know a dog that can chew through any toy in record time? Then a Durable Chew Toy by West Paw is the perfect gift. Available in a variety of shapes and sizes, these toys can stand up to nearly every set of chompers. The company even offers a guarantee! The bonus – West Paw, a B Corp, is committed to creating products with safe, sustainable materials. Available online and in stores.


Image of an orange cat lounging on a self warming cat pad

A cat’s body temperature is between 100.5 – 102.5 degrees. So, it’s no surprise they prefer a warm environment. A great way to provide comforting warmth is with this self-warming Pet Pad. It is designed to absorb and utilize a pet’s own heat. The pad comes with a microfleece cover and is available in several colors. Place on a chair, cat condo, or anywhere the kitty loves to nap. Available online and in stores.

Made from wire and cardboard, this simple toy has been a cat favorite since it debuted in 1983. Cats love to chase, jump and pounce as their human pulls the Cat Dancer under doors, around furniture, and across the bed! With an MSRP of $2.49, this interactive toy is a great value, too! Available online and in stores.

Image of a tabby cat getting ready to get into a canister of  Silver Vine by Dezi & Roo

Are you aware that 50% of cats do not respond to catnip? Do you know what nearly all cat respond to? Silver Vine! A little goes a long way with this potent herb that offers an even more intense feeling of euphoria than catnip. It can also help relieve anxiety and stress. Add to a Little Puff and create a toy that will entice any cat! Available on Dezi & Roo

With a modern style and multiple levels, this kitty condo and tower is a cat’s dream house! It features eight sisal rope scratching posts, upstairs and downstairs sleep spaces, complete with shaggy cushioned mats, and a large transparent nest for kitties who like to sleep in a bowl!! My cats happen to love their castle and each gives it two very enthusiastic paws up. Available on


These magical gloves are a must-have for every pet parent. They make grooming a truly happy experience for both pets and people. Simply pet your dog or cat. The gloves not only trap loose fur, but they also provide a pleasant massage! My cats love being ‘combed’ with the HandsOn Gloves. They are also a great bathing tool for pets, helping shampoo get to every place it needs to, providing a deep clean. If you choose to purchase on the company’s website, use the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY between November 23 – 28 for 20% off (good for all products on the site). Also available online and in stores.

*FTC Disclosure: Healthy Pet Coach is an affiliate partner of HandsOn Gloves. This means that if you decide to purchase through our link, we will receive a small commission. We only spread the word about products and services we’ve either used or would use ourselves.

Cat lovers will instantly be smitten with the original works created by Cat-Hi, a.k.a., Cathi Marro, a South Florida-based artist and cat enthusiast. From whimsical, brightly colored paintings and t-shirts featuring cats playing musical instruments, enjoying a glass of wine, meditating, or simply being celebrated for their awesomeness, to glassware, postcards, and accessories, there is truly a gift for every cat parent on your list. Note: a portion of all proceeds goes to benefit various feline help organizations. Available on

This adorable personalized stuffed animal version of a pet is made from cotton and yarn and is available in four sizes: 4, 6, 8, or 10 inches. To order, send good quality photos that show the pet from a variety of angles – at least one from the front, from the left, and from the right. Before sending the finished product, a preview photo will be sent. Small changes can be made at that time. Order soon, as the product ships from Viet Nam and can take between 14 – 30 days to be delivered. Available on Etsy.

A necklace engraved with a dog’s or cat’s name, along with a paw or nose print, is a truly personalized gift. Just send an image of a clear paw or nose print, choose the font and engraving options, and within a few days, the necklace will be shipped to you. Each hypoallergenic necklace is made with 316L surgical steel material, which ensures it will not fade or lose luster. A gift box is included with each purchase. Available on Etsy.

From all of us at Healthy Pet Coach, we wish you a very happy holiday season.

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