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Christmas presents for your pet on a budget

Christmas is just around the corner the advent calendars are almost empty and it’s almost time to unwrap the presents and enjoy some quality time with those we love. With cats and dogs being such important members of our family so it’s only fair they have something to open on Christmas day, too.

We know this time of year can be expensive, but we have some last-minute gift ideas that cost next to nothing, depending on what treasure you already have at home.

Homemade pet treats

If you have a cat or dog that loves snacking on some yummy treats, then why not try and make your own to fill their stocking and enjoy on Christmas day? With loads of different Christmas recipes out there to suit all kinds of pets and diets, there is something for everyone and most are easy enough to make or bake.

Make your own toy

Why not try making your pet a toy? If your washing machine or tumble dryer seems to eat socks and you have plenty of odd ones lying around why not craft a fun plaything for your cat or dog? Who knew those mismatching socks would come in handy!

Donate to a charity

If your pet has everything they could ever need, I’m sure they’d love to be able to help animals in need. You’ll have to do this for them and while donating in your pet’s name is a gift they might not understand, but one that could make a big difference.

A lot of people are now making donations to charities instead of sending Christmas cards, which is a lovely and selfless tradition to start.

Take them on their favourite walk

This one’s more for the pooches but heading outside with your dog for a long walk in the afternoon is one of the best ways to burn off your Christmas dinner and other indulgences. Your dog won’t be complaining either, especially if you treat them to their favourite walk and it’s most likely free too!

Spend some quality time together

Christmas isn’t about the presents, and while there’s a big hype about the big man in red coming down the chimney with everything anyone ever wanted the best thing about this time of year is the time we spend with family. Why not make the most of your time off (if you have any), and make sure that you enjoy some quality time with your pet?

Be sure not to stress about gifts this Christmas, your pet will love you with or without a present, but we hope these ideas can help during the expensive time of year. Do you have any go-to pet presents? Let us know on our Facebook and Twitter pages.


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Hello, lovely readers, I'm Catrin George. I'm a treat dispenser and walk giver to Marvel, the border collie. I'm here to give you the latest updates and low downs on anything and everything pet related, whether they miaow, woof, or neigh. The blogs will be filled with news, reviews, and charity visits with some discounts and giveaways squeezed in-between. So, keep your eyes peeled here!

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