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29 Practical Gifts Any Pet Owner Will Seriously Appreciate

Comfortable dog beds, easy-to-clean food bowls, interactive toys, and more smart gifts that will make any pet owner's life so much easier.

What a year! The holidays are finally here! And while we’re doing our best to make sure the products we feature will arrive in time, shipping times are especially tricky this year, so we suggest shopping as early as you can.

Stock and shipping times can vary depending on where you live, which product you purchase, and more. So order earlier than you think you need to and be sure to double-check the retailers’ websites for shipping information to ensure that your gift will arrive in time for when you need it.

1. A bird teaser toy with real feathers if their cat is spending way too much time napping and hiding. This budget-friendly gift will help ensure their cat will get some quality playtime in thanks to the built-in pockets of catnip.

brown and black cat playing with purple, blue and yellow cat toy

2. A lick mat that can be attached to a shower wall to distract skittish dogs with yummy peanut butter while their human gives them a bath or grooms them. The dog owner you give this to might just love you forever.

golden retriever licking peanut butter off a lick pad while a human gives them a bath

3. A set of ridiculously cool-looking dog toys from Wild One that are made out of 100% natural rubber. They're designed to stand up to strong chompers and the color and designs are so aesthetically pleasing, no one will even mind when their pup leaves them on the living room floor.

dog playing with three lilac dog toys

4. A ball launcher that tosses a ball farther, meaning they'll have more time to rest their arm between throws. Bonus: They'll never have to actually touch the slobbery ball.

5. A memory foam dog bed made for dogs with pesky joint problems. It can accommodate a dog up to 125 pounds, so even the largest of breeds can fit comfortably on this bed.

a brown lab mix resting on a memory foam dog bed with bolsters

6. Or this shaggy, donut-shaped dog bed designed to calm down anxious dogs. The dog owner you give this to will greatly appreciate how secure and supported their four-legged friend will feel as they burrow into the bed.

7. A car seat cover for anyone who is sick and tired of vacuuming up clumps of shedded dog fur after every car ride. It's also waterproof and scratchproof, so it'll protect the car seats from any messes the dog might track in.

swiss shepherd sitting on a car seat cover while in the back seat of the car

8. A microchip pet feeder that only opens when the cat with the assigned microchip approaches. This is great for multi-cat households where one cat likes to be a jerk and steal food from the other.

cat eating out of a microchip cat feeder that is placed in a kitchen

9. A set of waterproof dog booties to keep their dog's paws from getting damaged due to rough surfaces, hot pavement, or sharp thorns. With these on, their dog can roam free and the owner can relax knowing their dog is protected.

10. An elevated dog and cat bowl that is perfect for messy eaters. The surrounding barriers stop any food from escaping, and spilled water is caught in a basin below.

cat eating out of a elevated feeder on the floor

11. A microfiber pet towel to absorb every last drop of water after bath time or messy outdoor time. Maybe their dog or cat will actually look forward to bath time after they see how soft this towel is!

two dogs looking at the camera while wrapped in a microfiber dog towel

12. A cat perch that attaches to a window so their feline friend can sunbathe all day long and do what cats do best, which is ignoring everyone else.

a cat sitting on a cat perched that's attached on a window

13. A treat-dispensing toy especially great for pups who get bored with regular toys easily. The unique design causes the toy to bounce around and roll as dogs moves it around, and the pup will love how satisfying it is when a piece of kibble pops out!

14. Or this interactive toy that'll keep small pets like rabbits and chinchillas occupied while they search for treats hidden in the toy.

15. A booster seat to keep puppies safe during car rides and secure them in their seat during sharp turns or hard brakes. Plus, it can help prevent dogs from getting carsick.

16. A popular candle made with an odor neutralizer specifically designed to fight unwanted smells caused by stinky (but lovable) pets. It has a burn time of up to 60 hours and it comes in over 25 different scents.

person cuddling her dog while a pet house candle is burning in the foreground

17. A towered track ball toy that activates a cat's natural hunting instincts, which means they'll stop pouncing on random items around the house and focus on playing with this toy instead.

18. A step-in harness that comes in seven different sizes to ensure that their dog has a secure and comfortable experience when going on walks. Oh, and it has over 11,000 5-star reviews, so we know the humans are bound to love it, too.

a dachshund wearing a teal step in harness

19. Collapsible travel dog bowls to take along on long road trips or camping trips. They barely take up any space, they're easy to clean, and you can even attach it to a leash or a backpack.

20. A fish-shaped toy that'll keep their cat entertained for hours as it flips and flops around. It has a pouch to place catnip in so their cat will be attracted to this toy the second the box opens.

21. A deshedding brush for dogs and cats that seemingly leave behind more fur on the carpet and furniture than is actually still on their bodies.

22. Or this pet grooming glove with 255 silicone grooming tips that will essentially massage their dog as they run the glove over their dog's body to pick up loose hair. Their pup will seriously love how good it feels, making grooming time so much more enjoyable for everyone involved.

a pair of blue deshedding gloves with a layer of fur being peeled off of it

23. A pack of matatabi chew sticks if they have a cat who is constantly scratching up furniture and you want to give their cat an outlet for all that energy. Matatabi is a plant native to Japan and is actually an alternative to catnip, so if their cat is stubborn and shows no interest in catnip, this might finally be the way to distract the cat from clawing away at every surface of their house.

cat chewing on the stick

24. A dog and cat nail trimmer with a safety guard to prevent overcutting. It's a perfect money-saving gift because now they'll be able to cut back on trips to the groomer.

person holding up a pair of blue nail clippers in front of a dog

25. A honeycomb cat litter mat that traps scattered litter, making cleanup a breeze. It's also waterproof, so it will protect hardwood floors and carpets from urine stains.

26. A paw cleaner to prevent floors from being covered in muddy footprints when the dog comes inside. All they have to do is add water, and the gentle silicone bristles remove caked-on dirt and mud.

27. An adjustable lizard leash with adorable wings so they can let their reptile explore outside without getting lost.

28. A dog raincoat that's just as functional as it is adorable. It'll keep their dog's fur dry thanks to the waterproof fabric, and with holes for a leash and reflective strips on the outside, it's the perfect walking-in-the-rain outfit.

29. Or a pair of RifRuf dog booties that protects their dog's feet while looking so dang stylish. With a durable rubber sole, a breathable mesh upper portion, and adjustable straps, these functional yet fashionable dog sneakers are made from the same material as human sneakers!

If you give one of these practical gifts to a pet owner, you'll strengthen and celebrate the bond they feel with their pet, and what better gift is that?!

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