Is your four-legged friend getting a present for Christmas? For most pet owners, their own dog or cat is more than just a pet, but a family member, friend and trusted companion, so it's understandable that Christmas presents for dogs and cats also end up under the Christmas tree.
Around 40% of pets receive a Christmas present
According to a nationwide Forsa survey commissioned by the German Pet Supplies Industry Association, more than one in three pet owners give their pets something for Christmas.
"Pet owners increasingly regard their pets as family members or friends. And just as people want to give them presents for festive occasions, they also do the same with their pets," says psychologist Andrea Beet from the industry association. Christmas presents for dogs and cats are now simply a tradition in German households.
The close social relationship between humans and animals is expressed through the gifts. Even if Christmas is a day like any other for your pet, it is still a pleasure for us pet owners to express our appreciation.
The top 5 Christmas gifts for dogs and cats
And what gifts do pets get? In first place are special treats, such as a fine ham bone from Italy for the dog or a "festive menu" of turkey and rabbit for the cat.
If you want to spoil your four-legged friend with something tasty for Christmas, animal-friendly treats are definitely the best solution. Even if many pet owners want to share their Christmas menu with their pet, caution is advised. Spicy foods are not suitable for dogs' and cats' stomachs. Chocolate can even cause poisoning.
Thesecond most popular Christmas gift for dogs and cats is a toy. You should make sure that the toys are of high quality and really suitable for animals. Even though the German Animal Welfare Association is calling for a quality seal for pet supplies, there is unfortunately still no TÜV for pet supplies.
The German Animal Welfare Association warns against toys made of foam or polystyrene, as there is a risk of your four-legged friend choking on bitten-off parts. Vet Dr. Philipp Schledorn explains why your pets shouldn't play with Christmas baubles and tinsel in the article "Dangers at Christmas time
Thethird most popular Christmas gift for animals is something to cuddle with, such as a blanket or cushion. In fourth place is a new collar, a new lead or a very special dog bed. The fifth most popular gifts for animals are grooming products and clothing, such as a new winter coat for your four-legged friend.
The best Christmas present? Time!
For me, Christmas means spending quality time with my family, friends and my dogs. Probably the best present for your four-legged friend? A nice, long walk with your dog or a long game with your cat.