Shopping for Christmas gifts for the family? For many of us, family includes furry, feathered, and/or scaly members, some of which are lucky enough to get their own stocking to fill with goodies. If you’re looking for stocking stuffer ideas for the non-humans in your household, you’ve come to the right place.
Check out these stocking stuffers that will have your companion animals wagging their tails and shaking their tail feathers this holiday season!
Many companies make limited edition holiday dog treats, and they’re the perfect stocking stuffers! Canine companions are spoiled for choice in this department; options include the Thoughtfully Dog Cookies Gift Set, Portland Pet Food Company Gingerbread Biscuits, Greenies Gingerbread Flavor Dental Dog Treats, SmartBones Holiday Chews, and Woofables Christmas Treat Box.
Lick mats have really taken off in the past couple of years, and for good reason. They reduce anxiety, promote calm behavior, and slow down fast eaters. Lick mats come in a wide range of styles to suit various needs and preferences. Check out the LickiMat Slomo, Messy Mutts Silicone Mat, and Raw Paws Lick Pad Mat.
Get your dog into the holiday spirit with stylish and festive bandanas. You’ll find many wonderful designs to celebrate the holiday on Etsy from sellers such as Puppers Bowtique, Ash & Aspen, and Licky Leo. Got a cranky holiday pup? This Grinch inspired one from The Paws is sure to help express their feelings. Some bandanas can also be personalized!
For the pup who’s always on the go, a travel bowl is a must-have gift this Christmas! Collapsible bowls like the Ruff BarkBowl and WINSEE Collapsible Dog Bowls fit perfectly in both stockings and travel bags. For more of a personal touch, head over to Etsy where sellers like Mars and Mocha can add your furbaby’s name to their bowl!
Toys always make grrreat gifts! Each dog has their own preferences when it comes to toys, but here are some that your pooch might like: Starbarks Puppermint Mocha Plush Toy, Natural Coffee Wood Dog Toy Set, Pet Craft Supply Hide and Seek Plush Dog Toy, and Wobble Wag Giggle Ball.
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Cats may be obligate carnivores, but they still need a bit of greens. Cat grass is a tasty treat packed with vitamins that aid in digestion and fiber that acts as natural hairball control. Grow kits like SmartyKat Sweet Greens Grow Kit and The Cat Ladies Organic Pet Grass Kit let you grow your own grass at home so your indoor cat can munch on greens anytime!
Most cats love catnip, and if your feline friend goes crazy for this stuff, be sure to include it in their stocking! Whether you get them a toy like the Potaroma Cage Ball, treats like the Feline Greenies Catnip Dental Treats, or just plain catnip like SmartyKat Organic Catnip, your cat will surely say thank meow! Or try one of these pawesome Potaroma Silvervine Catnip Balls!
Spoil your furbaby with a set of Christmas-themed toys like the Midlee Christmas Stocking Cat Toy Gift Set, Vansolinne Christmas Catnip Toys, and Chiwava Christmas Cat Toy Set. Each set contains an assortment of fun and festive toys, making them purrfect for stuffing stockings!
Scratching mats are a more portable alternative to scratching posts, making them ideal for smaller spaces—and Christmas stockings. Some mats like the FUKUMARU Cat Scratcher Mat are intended for floor use, while others like the Petlinks Hanging Cat Scratcher can be hung on a door. Or let your kitty sink their claws into the SmartyKat Clever Claws Scratch Mat, which can be used on the floor, door, and couch!
You can never go wrong with cat treats! Clowder pleasers include Wellness Kittles Crunchy Cat Treats, Greenies Feline SMARTBITES, and Blue Buffalo Bursts. Add them to your cat’s favorite interactive toy and watch them go wild!
Interactive toys are excellent for stimulating your small pet’s brain and encouraging them to exercise. Toys such as the TRIXIE Rabbit Snack Board and Oxbow Enriched Life Wobble Teaser promote natural behaviors and can keep furry friends engaged for hours on end. There’s also the Christmas Tree Foraging Puzzle Toy to get your pet into the holiday spirit!
Since rabbits and rodents have teeth that never stop growing, it’s important to provide them with chew toys to prevent overgrowth. Fortunately, there are a myriad of options for your little one to sink their teeth into, including the Niteangel Hay Grass Pet Balls, Kaytee Lava Block, Kaytee Premium Timothy Hay Chew-A-Bowl, and BWOGUE Sweet Bamboo Chew Toy.
Everybody loves treats, including the smallest family members! Put your pet’s favorites in their stocking, and surprise them with something new too! Here are some treats your rabbit, hamster, or guinea pig might enjoy: Wild Harvest Glazed Donuts, Kaytee Timothy Biscuits Baked Apple Treat, Oxbow Simple Rewards Banana Treats, and Vitakraft Mini Pops.
Tunnels are great for your little one’s enrichment, satisfying their natural instinct to burrow and hide. With their fondness for exploring small, narrow spaces, your rodent or rabbit will be thrilled to find a tunnel in their stocking this year! Choose from several cute options, including the Niteangel Creative & Composable Hamster Tunnel, Kaytee Crinkle Tunnel, and Niteangel Small Animal Foldable Play Tunnel.
Using a harness and leash is one way to let your rabbit explore the outside world safely. Doing so does require training and not every bunny is adaptable and adventurous, but if you’d like to give it a try, the Niteangel Adjustable Soft Harness with Elastic Leash comes recommended by many rabbit parents.
Birds get bored too! Toys not only keep your feathered friend entertained, but also promote physical exercise. For small birds, check out the Super Bird Creations Crinkle Crinkle Little Star Bird Toy, which is recommended by avian professionals worldwide, or their holiday inspired Mini X-mas Tree Bird Toy and X-mas Star Toy. Larger birds will love the Fetch-It Pets Donkey Shaped Piñata Bird Toy, which can be filled with their favorite treats!
Another great stocking stuffer for pet birds, treats add nutritional variety to your bird’s diet as well as provide stimulation and enrichment. Many parakeets, budgies, and parrots enjoy the Kaytee Spray Millet and Birds LOVE Cuttlebone, while the Manna Pro Garden Delight is a hit among chickens.
Giving your pet bird an assortment of perches to stand on is very important in keeping their feet healthy. Natural wood perches like Polly's Hardwood Bird Perch and the Birds LOVE Bottlebrush and PepperWood Bird Cage Perch are the most recommended, but rope perches like the JW Comfy Perch are a good option too.
Add enrichment to your bird’s environment with a ladder or two! Ladders encourage your little one to climb and balance, exercising both their body and mind and keeping them happy and healthy. Either the Prevue Pet Products Naturals Rope Ladder Bird Toy or Hamiledyi Bird Seagrass Mat will make a wonderful addition to your feathered friend’s crib!
Sleep is vital to your bird’s well-being. By mimicking a nest cavity and reducing distractions during bedtime, a birdcage cover can help your avian pal get a good night’s sleep. The Perfitel Universal Bird Cage Cover and Prevue Hendryx Pet Products Good Night Bird Cage Cover are both great choices!
Spruce up your reptile’s enclosure with some new decorations that are both beautiful and functional. Plants, vines, and bark bends make excellent stocking stuffers for your scaly friend! Check out the Pangea Reptile Hanging Orchid, Fluker's Repta Vines-Pothos, and Zilla Bark Bend, all of which have received positive reviews from reptile parents.
Treats are a no-brainer! Prepackaged food mixes are convenient, nutritious, and easy to prepare. They also come in a variety of flavors; popular ones include the Pangea Watermelon Fruit Mix for geckos and the Zilla Reptile Munchies Omnivore Mix for bearded dragons, water dragons, tegus, and box turtles.
Pet reptiles don’t always have access to a wide range of foods like their wild counterparts, so supplementation helps ensure they’re getting the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients they need to stay healthy. The right supplements for your scaly companion will depend on their species.
There’s nothing better than fresh, clean sheets. Substrates are great stocking stuffers as they are an important part of any reptile’s home, and they need to be changed regularly. The Zoo Med Forest Floor Bedding, ReptiChip Compressed Coconut Chip Substrate, and Exo-Terra Forest Moss Terrarium Substrate are just a few of the several reptile bedding options available on the market.
Keep your reptile’s food clean with a cute dish that matches their home’s decor. With plenty of colors and sizes to choose from, it’s easy to find the perfect food dish for your snake, lizard, or turtle. The Zoo Med Repti-Rock Food Dish, Leaf Reptile Food Dish, and Fluker’s Corner Bowl are all reptile- and human-approved.
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