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The Dogtek Eyenimal Digital Videocam for Pets is the perfect gift for your techy pet-loving friend./Submitted The Dogtek Eyenimal Digital Videocam for Pets is the perfect gift for your techy pet-loving friend./Submitted

The Yule Blog, Dec. 22
3 days until Christmas

’Tis the season for giving, and there are just a couple days left to shop before Christmas. Have you remembered a gift for your pet, as well as the pet lovers on your list?

There are a variety of unique and practical presents out there for pets and their owners, including some do-it-yourself gifts.

One of the more unusul gifts I have seen this year falls under the electronics category. It's definitely designed to appeal moreto the pet lover than the pet itself.

The Dogtek Eyenimal Digital Videocam for Pets is a video camera on a collar that can be worn by either cats or dogs. Who wouldn’t love to see the world through their pet’s eyes?

Ever wonder what adventures your outside cat goes on when it disappears for hours at a time? This lightweight video camera collar will show you it all. It holds 4 GB of memory and is available through Amazon.com for about $79.

 

The Paww Secret Agent Leash is a handy and practical device for the dog-lover on your list. Made of soft, durable webbing, it looks pretty much like any other leash but has lots of hidden powers. 

Reflective fabric is woven into the entire length of the leash so the pet will be easily spotted at night. There is also a handy “traffic loop” that makes it easier to control the dog in crowded areas.

 And the quick-tether clip allows the leash holder to instantly secure the dog to anything from parking meters to fire hydrants without having to unclip the collar attachment.

Priced at $20, the leash comes in five colors.

Most cat people know the love affair cats have with boxes. My cats just can’t seem to get enough of them. They love the noises they make when they bite them and playing hide and seek inside them.

Catty Stacks offers super-strong industrial-strength “box condos” that are stackable and can’t be torn to bits. It may sound silly to spend $12 on a box, but considering these will actually last and keep your cat happy, I’d say it’s worth it. Did I mention they’re a “green” gift as well, made from recycled materials?

The Busy Buddy Magic Mushroom is an engaging toy for your dog and only costs $12./Submitted The Busy Buddy Magic Mushroom is an engaging toy for your dog and only costs $12./Submitted An engaging gift for the pup is the $12 Busy Buddy Magic Mushroom, which provides exercise and fun all in one by making a dog work for its treat or food. Owners will find that watching their dog trying to conquer the mushroom toy is amusing and entertaining. The Busy Buddy line of toys is available at many pet stores.

And for our feline friends, the Catit Design Senses Speed Circuit aims to do the same as the Busy Buddy Magic Mushroom: engaging all of the cat’s senses during playtime. It is motion activated, so it keeps kitties on their toes, and cats find the flashing ball visually stimulating. This nifty gift runs about $15.

Sometimes the best gifts aren’t the ones with the highest price tag, but the ones that require effort and thought.

If you are more of a DIY person, there are a number of gift options you can make. Why not make homemade dog treats for Fido? Homemade doggie biscuits are easy and inexpensive to make, but are nonetheless a yummy gift dogs will love and any pet-loving friend will appreciate. Click here for the recipe.

And we’d be remiss if we neglected cat lovers. Frozen tuna treats are simple to make, and cats love them. Here is he recipe.

A stocking filled with your pet’s favorite treats and toys is an easy and festive gift./Submitted A stocking filled with your pet’s favorite treats and toys is an easy and festive gift./Submitted

In my house, we even hang a stocking for our two cats. You can pick up great stocking stuffers at your local dollar store including chew toys, treats, collars and catnip.

Wishing you and your furry family members a very Merry Christmas!

Wishing you and your furry family members a Merry Christmas!/Submitted Wishing you and your furry family members a Merry Christmas!/Submitted

 

The Yule Blog is a day-to-day countdown to Christmas featuring a new story each day. Click the links below to read other stories in the series.

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Dec. 2: Historic Smithville has plenty of old-fashioned Christmas spirit to go around

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Dec. 4: Great gift ideas for the cook

Dec. 5: Let Cape May kindle your Christmas spirit

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Dec. 7: How to take the perfect holiday portrait

Dec. 8: Will South Jersey have a White Christmas in 2013?

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Dec. 10: In the kitchen with grandma: How to make 6-layer Neapolitan cookies

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Dec. 12: Best all-time Christmas movies, Part 1

Dec. 13: Best all-time Christmas movies, Part 2

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Dec. 18: Best all-time Christmas songs

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