Come on, admit it, how many of you have bought a Christmas present for your pet this year? I’ll bet there are plenty of you who have also got an advent calendar for your favourite furry friend as well!
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not making any judgements…there are two tiny advent calendars containing ‘chocolate flavour treats’ in our house for two very well-loved hamsters.
So why do we do this? It’s not as if the animals really have a clue what is going on. It’s just that we get so much enjoyment out of our pets, we feel the need to express that to them in some way – even though we probably get more enjoyment out of the gift than they do (let’s face it, most dogs would probably prefer a nice bowl of sausages than a new bandana!)
There are some great gifts out there for our pampered pets – some of my favourites include a doggy coat in the same tartan worn by the Queen’s own corgis, a hamster cage designed like a circus, a cardboard castle for small pets to play in and personalised bean bags for cats and dogs!
The RSPCA estimates that Brits will spend around £250 million on pet presents this Christmas, with nine out of ten pet owners indulging in this activity.
A statistic that really made me smile, was that seven out of ten pet owners actually sign their pet’s name on the Christmas cards they send out – probably accompanied by a cute little paw print drawing!
On a serious note, the RSPCA sadly reports it gets more calls about neglect to animals during the festive season so any support to the charity is gratefully received at this time of year.