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As you countdown the days to Christmas, let your four-legged friends get in on the fun with a pet-friendly advent calendar. We found options with delicious treats (some treats even boast health benefits) and sweet holiday-themed toys that will appeal to both cats and dogs. If you opt for the edible variety, just remember to cut down on their regular treats or offer them a little less food at mealtime to maintain a healthy weight.
If you're ready to spoil your four-legged best friend, here are the best pet advent calendars:
Forget the milk and cookies, you and your furbaby will be celebrating Santa Paws’ arrival with a new toy for the 12 days leading up to Christmas. This advent calendar delights with toys of different textures, including plushies with squeakers, rope toys, latex toys, and more. It comes packaged in a reusable Christmas tree-shaped calendar, so next year you could opt to fill it with your own treats. Keep in mind the it is not recommended for heavy chewers.
Delight your dog with a tasty treat a day. Each of the 24 doors opens to reveal a variety of festive, hand-decorated treats—23 frosted mini bones and one special, gold-foiled cookie for Christmas Eve. All of the treats are human grade and on the sweeter side, handmade with cinnamon, apples, and honey. You might just want to try one yourself! They’re also approved for picky eaters and sensitive stomachs, and individually wrapped for a longer shelf life.
The options are endless for what you stash in each of the 24 pockets on this advent calendar for pets: try crunchy bones or treats in the lower pockets then work up to a toy in the top two. The tree is made of felt and machine-stitched so it’s up to the task of holding heavier treats. If you do have a problem getting the sides to stay in place, the seller recommends using double-stick tape on the back. This calendar works for dogs or cats—even your kids and can be personalized with a name.
Your pup definitely won’t get bored counting down the days to Santa Paws arrival with this treat-filled calendar from Himalayan Pet Supply. Each of the windows for the 24 days opens to reveal a unique gluten-free, 100 percent natural treat in one of four drool-worthy flavors including bacon, chicken, peanut butter, and lactose-free Himalayan-stye cheese made with milk sourced from Washington state. The treats, including the brand’s Happy Teeth bars, puff cheese, and more, are in festive shapes including Christmas trees, hearts, and teddy bears. Chomping one down helps to clean your pup’s teeth, to boot.
Is your furbaby on a diet? They can still get in on the holiday fun with an advent calendar that reveals a new toy a day. The dog version is sized for medium pups (remember, for safety’s sake, you should never give a dog a toy smaller than its mouth—you don’t want to have a holiday pet emergency) and features a 12 holiday-themed plush toy a day; think a smiling snowflake and a gingerbread boy with his leg bitten off. The cat version of the calendar hides a daily plush toy or catnip that your kitty won’t be able to resist. Each of the 12 doors offers up a fun bonding activity printed on the inside for you and your pet to do: “wear matching holiday PJs” for you and your pup and “transform gift boxes into toys” for you and your cat.
Ohio-based brand Moose & Lulus wants to help you wish your pup a “Merry Woofmas” with this 24-day dog treat advent calendar. Fans of the brand love that all ingredients are 100 percent natural, made in the U.S., and are human-grade. You can rest assured that the treats are safe, free of gluten, wheat, corn, soy, animal by-products, and chemical preservatives. Each day opens to reveal at least two individually wrapped treats a day, making this a perfect choice for those with more than one pup. The eight flavors include peanut butter and blueberry bones, cheese and bacon hearts, sweet potato and honey pones, pumpkin and cranberry bones, peanut butter bites, apple dental chews, turkey and sweet potato ducks, and cheddar bones.
Look no further for the purr-fect gift for your feline friend. This advent calendar from British brand Hatchwells features a tasty yogurt or catnip treat a day (there are 24 in total). The treats are on the larger size and can easily be broken down into four pieces, which makes it good for sharing if you have more than one cat in the house. The treats are free of gluten, wheat, and cocoa, which is a definite no-no for your cats and dogs. Word of caution: This advent calendar looks similar to a traditional one for children, so if you have kids, be sure to store it well out of their reach.