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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Is Christmas Shopping Going To The Dogs?

So, what's your cat getting for Christmas this year? If you're like most cat people, you're looking for toys, and you're buying them online.

The most reviewed cat toy on Amazon: The Catit Design Senses Play Circuit, a long "peek-boo-track" with a colorful ball inside.

Going To The Dogs

This year, holiday shoppers are expected to spend an average of $62 each on Christmas gifts for their animal companions, according to a study by SLI Systems, a provider of e-commerce solutions and services for mid-size to large Internet retailers.

But a big chunk of the money, the company found, is going to the dogs. SLI looked at 3.5 million searches on eight pet products websites. Searches containing the word "dog" were 2.5 times more popular than searches for cat items. 

Dog beds were the most common search, edging out collars and even toys. But while dogs might sleep the holidays away, cats will be up and running. Most of the people shopping for cats were looking for toys and scratching items.

Maybe because dog beds can be expensive, searches that included the word "sale" were 16 percent more common among dog owners than they were among people who were looking for gifts for cats. 

Amazon's Top Ten 

If you're still looking for gift ideas for your cats, these are the top 10 best sellers on Amazon.

Tip For Christmas Shopping For Cats

I have to admit I'm one of those millions of Amazon Christmas shoppers. That's where I find the most interesting gifts for my cats. They love Hot Cats, and I can't find them locally.

No matter what your cats love to play with, here are some things to keep in mind when you're Christmas shopping for cats.
  • Make sure the toys are big enough for adult cats. Many toys, especially the bat and swat toys that you put on the floor for the cats to play with themselves, are designed for kittens, not adults.
  • Cats don't care whether their play mice have eyes and bells, and sewn-on eyes and bells can be a choking hazard. 
  • Look for toys that are durable and well-made. There's nothing more frustrating than catching a "mouse" and having it fall apart at the seams. 
  • Avoid toys that are filled with nutshells, beans or polystyrene beads. These, too, could be a choking hazard if the toy falls apart.
And here's one more holiday tip. Save those cartons your online purchases come in for your cats. A big box with crunchy packing paper inside could be the best Christmas gift of all for a cat! 

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