Valentine’s Day is a great reason for couples to show their appreciation for one another by giving gifts and treats. For those of us whose hearts belong to our pets, we can show our gratitude for our furry friends. Here are a few little ideas to help you find the purr-fect present.
For your dog
Just because something is functional doesn’t mean it should be boring. Why not treat Valentine’s Day as an excuse to buy your dog some new kit that’s both useful and eye-catching? A new food bowl with a pretty design on it would be a nice idea, as would a collar. You could even invest in a new ID tag in a fun shape.
Most dogs will also enjoy playing with balls and cuddlies, and even the most fastidiously clean dog’s toys will get a bit tattered over time. Show your dog you love them by getting them some new ones! Around this time of year there are usually lots of Valentine’s-themed soft toys to choose from. Just make sure that they are specifically made for pets, as toys intended for people may have parts that could end up being swallowed.
They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. I think most pet owners would agree that the same is true of man’s best friend! Some tasty snacks will go down a treat and will keep for a while, depending on the type. You needn’t restrict the special Valentine’s food to nibbles, though. Why not cook your Valentine a special meal? We’ve put together a recipe for beef stew that your dog will love!
For your cat
Cats like to scratch, leap and climb, so why not consider a cat tower? This combination of scratching post, climbing frame and watchtower gives your feline plenty to do, as well as a nice place to perch.
You don’t have to look far to find videos online of cats going bonkers chasing lasers. If you want to give your cat a game of chase they won’t forget, consider purchasing a laser pen. You can even get them to project particular shapes onto surfaces, such as a mouse! Just remember to play this game occasionally for short bursts as your cat is likely to get a little frustrated if they are unable to catch their target after a long time.
If your cat likes to hunt, then perhaps a fishing rod-style toy would be a fun investment. You can get them with an assortment of different toys trailing from the string including feathers, stuffed animals and even catnip toys! You can drag them along the ground or dangle them in the air for your cat to pursue and leap at.
If you’re going to be spending the evening with your cat, then giving them a special meal will let them know how much they mean to you. You could get a gourmet cat dinner from a pet shop, or if you’re feeling particularly attentive you can prepare a special fish supper just for them by following our recipe for mackerel pâté!