What Are This Year’s Holiday Trends for Pets?
PET OWNERS CERTAINLY WANT TO INCLUDE FURRY FRIENDS IN THE GAMUT OF HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES, SO HERE ARE A FEW TIPS ON HOW TO SPOIL THEM EVEN MORE THIS MONTH.
Interactive toys are great options for pet owners on the go or extra-active pets. One example, the Flitter cat toy, has an automatic teaser element with two plastic, flying dragonflies, enticing cats to catch them. Another product, iFetch, features an automatic ball launcher that provides endless fun for pooches.
Novelty-shaped toys, such as a turkey leg and waffle combo or caterpillars and butterflies, also are in style.
Giving seasonally decorated pet treats as holiday party hostess gifts is becoming widely popular, says Monica Fogle, marketing coordinator of Chesterfield’s Treats Unleashed at 1677 Clarkson Road.
“We create all homemade, fresh-baked treats for dogs and cats,” she says. “So when we provide decorated Santas, reindeer, snowmen, mistletoe, gingerbread people and Stars of David for Hanukkah, people know those are great gifts for extreme pet lovers.”
Monica says another pet trend continuing to pick up steam is stocking stuffers, secured by pet owners who simply don’t want to leave out their furry family members.
“We now have more little things, such as chews and toys, to go with treats,” she says. “We started offering some grab-and-go items, as well as prewrapped holiday treat bags and toys for dogs of all shapes and sizes. And, we have cute, holiday-themed big bones that fly off our shelves.”
Additionally, Monica says customers are asking for more products that are made in the USA.
“Being a small, family-owned business, this is something we strive to provide our customers, not just because it is a trend, but because it is something we believe in. All-natural, healthy and safe pet products are at the root of everything we do,” assures Monica, who points toward U.S. made toys they also carry, such as West Paw and Planet Dog items.
“Howlidays” pupcakes from Three Dog Bakery, 1208 Town and Country Crossing in Chesterfield, are all the rage. Dogs can devour The Grinch! Additionally, their treats have delightfully seasonal names, such as cranberry stars, pooch smooches and gingerbeg cookies. Don’t forget their yappucinos!
Kathy Caton, Three Dog Bakery owner, says this year’s treat lineup also will include Rudolph cookies, snicker poodles cookies, reindeer lab loafs and Santa paws cupcakes.
“We’ll also have peanut-flavored cookies in the shape of stockings that can be personalized with dogs’ names,” she says.
Regarding pet care trends, Meredith Webb, co-owner of Pets & Company in Chesterfield, says they’ve taken care of more exotic pets lately, such as hedgehogs, hermit crabs, pigs and rabbits. Her pet grooming, dog day care and training facility is located at 17701 Edison Ave.
Kelly Mayer, Pets & Company client relations staffer, says their doggie day care is extremely popular during the holiday season, along with their annual Christmas card pet photo shoots.
On Christmas day each year, Meredith says they give boarding dogs a little piece of ham with which to celebrate.
“Christmas is special for them, too. And we’ve had people ask us to read Christmas stories to the dogs,” she says.
PET LUXURY PRODUCTS
Pets deserve bling, too, or so say pet owners who are buying pet beds covered in sparkling crystals.
Attractive, seasonally themed cat beds can be a welcome part of household decor. Many pet owners use these beds to create cute photos of their cats to share on social media.
“Who wouldn’t want to tell all of Instagram that your cat lives in a pineapple under the sea?” points out cat proponent and blogger Julie McAlee.
New designer cat carriers are intended to be worn as backpacks, so even felines can join outdoor treks safely.
Stylish leashes, pet-integrated furniture and doggy raincoats were among the hottest pet products of 2017, according to a study by Rover, an online network for pet sitters and dog walkers. This year’s top trends in pet products were influenced by pet owners’ penchants for natural products and desire to integrate pets into every aspect of their lives.
From Wi-Fi pet cameras and remote-operated treat dispensers to smart crates, pet owners are harnessing the power of technologies to make life better for their pets, along with pursuing convenience and efficiency. This year’s hottest trends in pet technology included GPS-enabled activity trackers, such as those by Whistle and Fitbark, and dog-based social media apps, such as BarkHappy.
Top 2017 pet lifestyle trends included co-parenting, organized dog sports, human-inspired dog names, taking dogs to work and animal DNA testing.