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How to Spoil Your Pet on National Love Your Pet Day
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Have you shown your pet some love today? Of course you have, but when was the last time you really spoiled them? With National Love Your Pet Day on February 20, you’re entirely justified in showering your non-human family member with extra tasty treats, new toys and/or comfy bedding (or aquarium) wrapped up in lots of affection.
Whether you’re a proud pet owner of a cat or dog, rabbit or hamster, fish or bearded dragon, we compiled a variety of wallet-friendly products and DIY ideas to spoil your pet on National Love Your Pet Day—and for every day after.
For Dogs and Cats
Price: $16.99 at Best Buy
There’s nothing like taking a walk with your pooch out to your favorite spot to enjoy the sunset—and now with the Nite Ize GlowStreak LED Ball, the fun can continue even after the sun goes down! This motion-activated ball lights up as it bounces (it’ll automatically turn off after 10 minutes of stillness) and features a tough, water-resistant rubber covering. It’s powered by two replaceable CR2032 batteries and allows for up to 35 hours of play. Though not to be used as a chew toy, this LED Ball is great for dogs 12 months or older that love playing fetch. If you love this LED feature, Nite Ize also offers pet safety products like light-up collars!
Price: $14.97 at Amazon
Don’t worry, their regular catnip wasn’t a gateway—your kitty simply deserves the best! Cat Crack Catnip is 100% natural, freshly picked and never features preservatives or artificial ingredients. Its proprietary herb blend stays fresh for longer, so your cat can enjoy a better, longer-lasting catnip experience. You can sprinkle any amount of the catnip on your feline’s favorite scratching post or toy, but we’ve found that a little goes a long way.
From Zoomies to Zzz’s
Price: $50 at Macy’s
You may already recognize this little donut bed as the item that’s been blowing up your Instagram feed—and for good reason! This plush, donut-shaped design is ideal for dogs and cats who love to curl up and nap and provides your pet with a sense of security for better, less-anxious sleep. This particular model from Mind Reader is machine washable and features a non-slip bottom.
For Non-Stop Fun
Price: $115 at Chewy
Don’t get us wrong, we love playing fetch with our ball-obsessed doggo—but sometimes our arms get a little tired. For puppy parents that need to take a break from being the designated thrower, this automatic ball launcher from iFetch is a win-win. This specific mini model is perfect for small to medium dogs and allows you to choose your desired launching distance of 10, 20 or 30 feet. This toy comes with three mini tennis balls, so all you’ll need to do is plug it in, help your pup learn to put the ball in the launching hole themselves, then watch them go! Check out this iFetch Training Video for useful tips and tricks on how to train your dog to play with the automatic ball launcher.
Bonus Barks: iFetch has an automatic launcher for large dogs too!
Curiosity and the Cat
Price: $23.99 at Macy’s
If you have an indoor cat, it’s especially important that you offer them toys that keep them mentally stimulated! This Spy Cardboard Cat Scratcher from District 70 combines a scratchpad with a hidden, captive toy and makes a great addition to your kitty’s play routine. The paw-sized openings along the side of the scratcher are great for keeping your cat curious and amused while they can hunt for the jingling bell rolling around in there! Plus, this toy should (hopefully) be way more fun to scratch than your favorite chair.
For Fish and Reptiles
Fantastic New Digs
Price: $119 at Walmart
Available in black, silver or white, this 360 aquarium offers an impressively large biological filtration system (biOrb claims that it's bigger than any other similarly-sized aquarium!). Your fish will love how open and fresh their new home is, and you’ll love the aesthetically-pleasing design. You’ll also love choosing from its soothing preset color lights—whether you want to set the mood or complement your finned friend’s natural beauty.
Bubble Up: biOrb offers a whole line of beautiful aquariums, decorations and care kits; check them out here.
Betta Play Nice
Price: $8.99 at Walmart
What are you going to do with a 50-count bag of multicolored ping pong balls? It may be your betta fish’s new favorite pastime! Place one of the balls at the top of your betta's tank so it floats and bobs on the water. Betta fish are naturally curious (and super territorial) so they’re going to want to find out what that colorful intruder is all about. Watch your fish flare up, poke at and investigate the ping pong ball—it’s a great way to keep them mentally and physically stimulated!
How to Train Your (Bearded) Dragon
Price: $15.98 at Amazon
Going on a little adventure? Don’t leave your bearded dragon at home—take them with you! With this fun and functional adjustable leash with wings, taking your beardie for a walk has never been so magical. The harness and wings are made from a comfortable, genuine leather and a tough but lightweight nylon hope. All the materials are reptile-friendly, and the harness fits snugly to their body without damaging their skin. Your bearded dragon will love roaming around with you, and we’re sure their little wings will be putting a smile on everyone’s face. Did we mention our favorite part yet? This winged leash comes in so many colors, including black, pink, blue and red!
Walk on the Wild Side: This leash is ideal for bearded dragons, chameleons, geckos, lizards and iguanas, but it’s also great for other small animals like hamsters, ferrets, guinea pigs and chinchillas.