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Happy Holidays Already? Our Favorite DIY Pet Gifts

It may only be September, but here at West Park Animal Hospital we believe it’s never too early to start thinking about holiday gifts for your pet. Most of our pets probably already have everything they need, so why not try your hand at DIY pet gifts this holiday season?

We’ve come up with a list of our 10 favorite gift ideas, sure to please your pet and your pocketbook.

8 Awesome DIY Pet Gifts

  1. Homemade Treats – This is an easy one, because what pet doesn’t love treats? Whip up a batch of peanut butter and pumpkin dog treats or tuna and catnip croutons to surprise your little buddy with this holiday season.
  2. Ball Tug Toy – Get the kids involved in making this simple DIY tug-of-war toy out of an old tennis ball and t-shirt. Does your dog love the crinkle of plastic? Swap out an empty water bottle for the ball.
  3. Cardboard Mouse – We love this practically free cat toy made out of nothing but cardboard and a free template printed out from your computer.
  4. Self-Petting Station – Away from work every day and plagued with guilt about all the snuggles your cat is missing out on? This self-petting station will keep kitty soothed and itch-free until you can take over.
  5. Towel Dog Toy – Don’t have a ball or t-shirt, but do have an old towel you no longer use? Turn it into a towel dog toy, one of the easiest DIY pet gifts around, and entertain your pooch for hours.
  6. Pipe Cleaner Cat Toys – Kids will love helping you create some fun and pretty cat toys out of regular old pipe cleaners.
  7. Sweet Potato Chew Toy – This “indestructible” toy is a fun and thrifty way to provide your best pal with some mental stimulation, along with a dose of important nutrients.
  8. Toilet Paper Tube Cat Toy – You can easily assemble this cat toy for the low price of an empty toilet paper roll. If kitty prefers something that rolls, try this slightly more complicated, but just as entertaining, version.

Safety First

As always, keep your pet’s safety needs in mind before beginning your DIY pet gifts. Take your pet’s temperament into consideration, including his or her playing or chewing style, when selecting your project. Make sure your DIY toy doesn’t have any small parts that can be chewed off and create a choking hazard, and that it doesn’t contain any foods that are unsafe for pets.

We welcome your questions and concerns, as well as your ideas for great DIY pet gifts. We look forward to hearing from you!

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