With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I decided to have a little bit of fun with this post which is meant to be taken with a grain of salt and sense of humor!
According to MarketWatch, one in four people buy Valentine’s Day gifts for their pets and almost half admit they cuddle with their dog more than their partner. Admittedly I’m a bit surprised that those numbers aren’t higher! I definitely fall into the group that will spend money on my furry Valentine and depending on whom you ask, I may also be guilty of falling into the second one.
Pet parents know that our fur babies are our #1 fans, our biggest supporters and love us unconditionally so why not shower them with gifts at every opportunity? According to research conducted by Finder, pet parents will spend an estimated $2.14 billion on gifts for their fur babies this year, which is more than twice the amount spent last year.
While it might surprise you to know that men buy Valentine’s gifts for their pets, it probably won’t surprise you to learn that they spend more on V-day gifts for their dogs, while women tend to spend more on gifts for their cats. It’s also not surprising that millennials are planning on spending the most on Valentine’s Day goodies for their pets.
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Knowing that most of our readers will be spoiling their pets a little extra this Valentine's Day, I did some research and came up with a short list of some of the hottest things to dazzle your fur babies with.
As mom to a 19.5 year old kitty, naturally I have to start with our feline friends.
I’m a huge fan of sushi so I couldn’t resist these Whisker City sushi-shaped catnip infused toys and of course you can find them on AMAZON.
These adorable breakaway cat collars are pretty irresistible too... plus they come with a friendship bracelet- how adorable is that? These can be purchased at CHEWY.
And for our canine companions .... where do I start? Tug toys are always fun (especially for puppies!) I don't know how anyone could resist this squeaky conversation heart toy available on CHEWY.
And for any fans of "The Bachelor" out there, how fun would it be to ask your pup if they will "accept this rose?"
And ... on the off chance that you forget your pet on Valentine’s Day, you’ve got a second chance soon after. February 20th is National Love Your Pet Day — a holiday dedicated to lavishing special attention and pampering your animals.
If you need any pet sitting services this Valentine's Day weekend, make sure to contact us so that we can pamper your pet while you pamper your partner!
About the Author
The daughter of an award-winning travel writer, Kimberly has followed in her mother’s footsteps and has had articles published in numerous publications. She got her first puppy from Santa Claus when she was four years old and has never known a life that didn’t include four-legged family members. An animal advocate, she has rescued pets, volunteered at shelters and has even been known to nurse an injured sparrow back to health. When she’s not busy running a successful pet care business and providing care to her four-legged customers, you can rest assured that she is pampering her 19-year-old kitty, Scout.