While you can celebrate your pet every day, you can still use a special occasion like National Pet Day to give them a little extra pampering. The vacation began in 2006 when Animal Welfare Commissioner Colleen Paige wanted to raise awareness of the millions of pets in animal shelters. Since then, National Pet Day has been a way for people to celebrate the joy their pets bring them. And this year more pet parents will be able to celebrate than ever before: In a survey conducted by the online pet network and marketplace Rover in January 2021, 49 percent of respondents who own dogs said they would welcome a new dog into their home during the pandemic . Whether this is your first National Pet Day or your 10th, consider showering your companion with one (or more) of these pet-friendly gifts.
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Best National Pet Day Gift Ideas of 2021
From brain games for your cat to hammocks for your fish to cheesy treats for your hamster, these National Pet Day gifts are aimed at making every pet feel loved and valued.
Best dog toy
Furbo dog camera
Check your dog in when you’re out and about with Furbo’s Full HD camera, one of the pet products we recommended earlier. The camera has an average rating of 4.6 stars from over 21,700 Amazon buyers and offers a live stream video feed that allows you to monitor your pet and even toss them their favorite treats in real time. In addition, a built-in barking alarm sensor sends push notifications to your smartphone when it detects barking, and the device allows you to talk to your pup using the two-way audio connection.
Chuckit! Ultra ball
These long-lasting balls from Chuckit have an average rating of 4.8 stars from over 30,000 Amazon customers! are a great option for any dog who loves to chew. Made from natural rubber, these balls are designed to bounce and float anywhere you play fetch.
KONG Classic dog toy
KONG toys were originally developed in the 1970s for dogs with “destructive chewing habits” and are known to be strong and durable. The brand’s classic KONG toy is made from natural red rubber and offers dogs something sturdy to chew on. The toy can also be filled with KONG’s Easy Treats or other delicious snacks such as peanut butter, yogurt and snacks.
KONG Tugger Knots Elk Dog Toy
For dogs who like to pull and shake well, this moose toy with tug handles on both ends is suitable, which has an average rating of 4.2 stars from 1,600 Amazon buyers. Unlike other plush toys, this one has minimal filling, making it ideal for pet owners who want to limit the clutter around the house. This toy comes in two sizes: small / medium and medium / large.
Outside Dog Hide a squirrel plush toy
Receiving a solid 4.4-star average rating from nearly 3,000 dog owners on Chewy, this playful toy from Outward Hound will test your dog’s problem-solving skills in a game of hide and seek. The toy comes with either three or six squirrels.
Greenies Regular Dental Dog Treats
These treats are made from natural ingredients and enriched with vitamins and minerals. They have a unique chewy texture that gently scrapes away plaque and tartar. The product, with an average rating of 4.7 stars from over 1,900 Chewy buyers, is also veterinary recommended and accepted by the Veterinary Oral Health Council.
Best cat toy
SmartyKat Skitter Critters Catnip cat toy
This 10 pack of furry mouse toys is laced with catnip and designed for small paws. With a twisted rope tail, these toys prevent cats from scratching furniture and other housewares. The product, with an average rating of 4.7 stars from over 37,000 Amazon buyers, is also one of the most frequently purchased pet items we’ve covered.
Outward Hound Tail Teaser Toy
This toy features a durable nylon cord and provides indoor exercise and entertainment for even the roughest of gamers. The tail teaser, which received an average of 4.6 stars from nearly 4,800 Chewy buyers, also features two faux fur plush toys that squeak and rattle.
Trixie Activity Fun Board 5-in-1 activity strategy game
Equipped with five different activities, this fun board stimulates your cat mentally and physically by encouraging them to use their various senses to get to their favorite treats. The board, with an average rating of 4.5 stars from over 350 Chewy buyers, is also dishwasher safe and makes cleaning easier after the game time is up.
Best fish toy
Penn-Plax SpongeBob SquarePants Aquarium
If you’re a SpongeBob SquarePants fan, you should consider adding its iconic pineapple to your aquarium’s decor. The resin-made product is safe for both freshwater and saltwater aquariums. The 6-inch home has an average 4.4-star rating from nearly 9,000 Amazon buyers. Penn-Plax also offers replicas of Squidwards Easter Island House and The Krusty Krab.
Zoo Med Laboratories Betta Hammock
Wild Betta fish live in shallow waters, so according to Livescience, they prefer a place near the surface of the water to rest. By using a suction cup that can be attached to the side of the aquarium, this leaf hammock mimics its natural surroundings. This aquarium accessory has an average rating of 4.4 stars from over 4,400 Amazon buyers.
Fluval Aquarium Moss Ball
This moss ball was developed to create the ideal aquarium conditions for small fish. It absorbs and traps phosphate and nitrite, which can be harmful to the health of your fish, for up to two months. The ball floats on the surface of the water and mimics the natural habitat of the fish, in which plants always partially filter the light.
Best hamster toy
Trixie suspension bridge
Hamsters sleep between six and eight hours a day, and this fleece bed is a great place to rest. The set, with an average rating of 4.3 stars from over 2,000 Amazon buyers, also features a rope ladder, suspension bridge, tire and rope ring.
eCOTRITION Yogies Cheese Flavor Treats
If your hamster loves to eat snacks, check out these specialty cheeses formulated by a team of animal nutritionists. The treats are mainly made from yogurt and provide hamsters, gerbils, rats and mice with the high calcium content they need, according to eCOTRITION. The 6-ounce bag has an average 4.4-star rating from over 160 reviewers on Chewy.
Exotic Nutrition Silent Runner Wheel
This wheel has a double ball bearing design and lets hamsters exercise without making the annoying squeaking noise that other wheels can sometimes make. It has a 4-star average rating from over 180 Chewy buyers.
Best snake toys
Exo Terra Jungle Vine
If you have a tree or tree climbing snake, they need climbing branches to keep them healthy and happy. This one from Exo Terra is 6 feet long and can be bent into any shape so you can easily switch your snake’s living quarters and create horizontal or vertical branches. Many of Amazon’s 1,000 reviews have noted this valuable versatility, earning an average rating of 4.5 stars.
Zoo Med Habba hut
This half trunk made from natural fir is designed to reduce stress for your reptiles, amphibians and other small animals. Rated an average of 4.3 stars by over 30 Chewy reviewers, the protocol provides an object for your snake to lounge, sleep, play, and even climb on.
Flukers Pothos Repta Vines
Veterinarians recommend creating a vivarium with plants, stones, and branches for your snake to relieve stress and increase happiness. Real plants, however, require soil and water, so they won’t always function well in a snake vivarium. An easy way to mimic their natural surroundings is with silk plans that do not require maintenance. This from Fluker can easily be attached to the side of the case and can fall over the floor. The product, with an average rating of 4.4 stars from 40 Chewy buyers, is made of non-toxic polyethylene.
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