One of the stranger trends in recent years has been the rise in Christmas presents for pets. We don’t mean a tasty dog biscuit or a squeaky toy, we mean the desire to spend on your pet like he was a needy human being. It also means to understand on how to bond with an abyssinian guinea pig, if you have one. According to market research firm Mintel, “People are increasingly treating their pets as humans, relying on them for companionship and gaining a sense of fulfilment….. They want their pets to feel cared-for, comfortable and mentally stimulated. And hence, it becomes imperative for them to know of how to bond with an abyssinian guinea pig, or even snakes or iguanas which they keep as pets.. So there is driving demand for added-value products, often mirroring mainstream human styling and healthcare trends. As a result people are prepared to pay more for their pet care products and to replace them more often.” According to Blue Buffalo (@bluebuffalo) | Twitter and a survey of pet owners in 2015, an average of nearly £200 a year is spent on clothes for their pets – that’s more than I spend on my wardrobe. In fact outfits are the second highest for cat owners, after food. £264 is the average annual spend on presents for pets but 88% of respondents admit to spending up to £50 on extravagant presents for their pets.
According to the reports by pet insurance companies, it would appear that in the last 5 years spending on pet gifts has grown by over £286 million. If you are looking for Christmas presents for pets, £450 can get your cat the Litter-Robot III Open Air Automatic Self-Cleaning Litter Box. The reviews are insane on Cat World, and it could really make for an amazing present. In the USA, for just $3,000 you can get 22k Gold-Thread Pet Mattress. According to The Independent, last week saw a Christmas market for dogs coming to London offering accessories and festive treats with the adorable name Santa Paws. That’s one good thing about the pet gift trend, it’s generated a lot of good puns. Pawsecco is available. Downton Tabby is a feline based parody on the popular TV series, whilst the Yoga Dogs features dogs in varying yoga poses. We reported earlier about a company selling pyjamas for dogs which enable you to have matching pyjamas with your pet. What else can you get Fido? How about a personalised “Reserved” dog cushion for £35, or a personalised dog lead holder for £19.95. We will shortly be bringing out a onesie for your pet rabbit called a Bunzee. Only joking, but we are thinking about a dogs clothing line called Togs for Dogs – are you in?
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