The best gifts for pets to celebrate those furry friends on National Pet Day

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by Caitlin Casey |

We all love to be spoiled for our birthdays - and when it comes round to it, our pets should be spoiled as much as us. With cuddles all around and treats to fill them up, you'll want to make sure you've bought the best thing possible for your pet, especially for National Pet Day (April 11).

Of course, you can go the traditional route and buy some amazing treats, toys and food for your pets but as well as this, you can get some unique tools and tech to really go all-out on their birthdays. Pet tech has become our new favourite thing to buy for our pets.

Whether you're searching around for a seasonal present, celebrating National Pet Day, setting up for a furry birthday or just want to give your pet something they deserve, we've rounded up our favourite products you can gift your pets.

What can I buy for my pet?

Just like us, our pets have all kinds of personalities and some will like things that others might not. Cats, for instance, are more likely to love a cosy cat bed or high-tech toy. Dogs, on the other hand, may benefit from a variety of chew toys (especially if they like to destroy them!) or a comfortable new harness. Smaller animals like hamsters and guinea pigs always need new accessories and toys to keep them occupied in their hutches.

On the market now you can get even more unique presents, high-tech and luxurious products that you can really spoil your pet with. Pet drinking fountains have been trendy in recent years or grab a pet camera to keep an eye on your loved one.

Related: The best personalised dog gifts for your fur-ever friend

What are some pet essentials?

If you're not too keen on splashing out too much, pet essentials are always a good place to grab gifts for your animals. From pet food to leads, collars and toys, pets will always need these in handy!

Food: Of course, like us humans, animals need food to survive - and most of them love their food. Grab their favourite pouch of wet or dry food, get them some extra special treats or even buy an expensive brand as a one-off.

Bowls and bottles: Dogs, cats and small animals will be needing something to eat or drink out of too - why not treat them to an extra special personalised bowl they can enjoy. Hamsters, rabbits and guinea pigs usually drink out of bottles so don't forget those either.

Leads, collars and harnesses: These are most likely to come in handy for dog-owners, but also may be a good choice for any cat, rabbit or small animal owner. Just make sure you buy the right sizes for your pets.

Toys: Erm, hello! A great choice for a gift is a fancy new toy to treat your pet. There are toys and games for all animal types and they'll be able to play with them straight away.

Pens, cages and houses: Whether you use these as a place for them to sleep or as a portable travel option, pens and cages come in handy as a pet owner. Houses and caves can be a great choice too for them to snuggle into.

The best gifts for dogs

From toys and balls to collars and beds, these are our favourite prezzies to gift your favourite pooch.

Pet Teezer, Detangling and Dog Grooming Brush, Pink and Yellow

Best dog grooming brush gift
Pet Teezer

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If you didn't know already, popular hair brush brand Tangle Teezer have branched into pet products with this Pet Teezer. Perfect for getting knots out of pet hair and giving an extra bit of grooming, this is great for long-hair doggies or those that get a bit shaggy.

PetSafe Automatic Ball Launcher Dog Toy

Best dog ball launcher gift
PetSafe Automatic Ball Launcher Dog Toy
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Dogs love to power through energy day in, day out, so make sure they're getting their full exercise with this exciting automatic ball launcher. They'll be bouncing with excitement, especially if your pooch loves a tennis ball (or ten).

PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain

Best premium pet fountain
PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain
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Pet fountains have been growing in popularity and offer a constant flow of fresh water for your thirsty pet. Have them drinking from their own techy bowl with this PetSafe premium pet fountain, which is great to splash out on when you want to spoil your furry friend.

Michelle Keegan Heart Print Dog Jumper

Best dog outfit
Michelle Keegan Heart Print Dog Jumper

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If you love dressing your doggy up, grab this adorable heart print pet sweater from Michelle Keegan's Very range which will keep your dog cosy, especially in the colder months.

Charley Chau Dotty Snuggle Beds

Best snuggle bed
Charley Chau Dotty Snuggle Beds

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Invest in the cosiest looking dog bed for your furry friend. This snuggle bed from Charley Chau is designed for dogs that love to get under the blanket. Where do we get a human version?!

Pet Best Friend Charm Collar Bow

Best engraved dog collar gift
Pet Best Friend Charm Collar Bow

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Why not treat your pet to a charming new collar. We love this one because it has a gorgeous bow as well as a super sweet dog charm attached to it. Your doggy will be looking the part, especially on a special occasion like birthdays or in the festive season.

Joules Dog Print Dog Travel Mat

Joules Dog Print Dog Travel Mat

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This Dog Travel Mat is perfect to throw in the boot of your car if you're heading out on an adventure with your four-legged friend.

Vegan Leather Dog Collar By Barc London

Best leather dog collar
Vegan Leather Dog Collar By Barc London

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Pet birthdays are the perfect time to invest in a chunk of everyday pet essentials. Spend on a flash new collar for your pooch that they'll be able to wear daily. This dog collar by Barc London is made out of high-quality vegan leather, which will last for years. You can also get a matching lead if you want to go all out.

Keen.Pet.Play Puppy Dog Toys - Gift Box of 6 Interactive Puppy Toys

Best gift for puppies
Keen.Pet.Play Puppy Dog Toys - Gift Box of 6 Interactive Puppy Toys
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Dog toys are a perfect go-to gift for dogs, if you want something that they're definitely going to enjoy. This Keen.Pet.Play dog toy set is seriously fun, filled with six different interactive dog toys your pooch can get their paws into. Snap it up to spoil your doggy.

DogBox Boutique 6 Item Gift Box

Best variety gift box for dogs
DogBox Boutique 6 Item Gift Box
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If you want a gift box with more variety than just toys, this DogBox Boutique gift box is filled with loads of goodies to treat your pooch to. Including chew toys, dog poo bags and a holder, as well as gourmet dog popcorn, this gift box has everything you could want for your dog.

VIPITH Dog Birthday Bandana

Best gift for dog birthday
VIPITH Dog Birthday Bandana
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Your dog deserves to look the part for their birthday, and this set screams birthday - literally. Dress your dog up in a matching bandana and hat that reads 'Happy Birthday'. We can't promise they'll keep it on, but they will look super cute for pictures.

Tractive GPS DOG 4, Dog Tracker

Best trackable dog collar gift
tractive activity monitor
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If your pooch is prone to running off or getting lost, Tractive is a great gift that will keep them safe. All you need to do is attach it to their collar and it will keep them tracked via the Tractive app. You'll never have to worry about dog walks or letting your dog roam again.

Alxcio Pet Dog Toy Tennis Ball

Best giant tennis ball gift for dogs
Ballshop Giant Tennis Ball
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This ones for the tennis-ball-loving dogs out there. Don't look now - it's a giant tennis ball. Yep you read that right. Buy this as a treat for your pooch and hours of fun that can get everyone involved. We're not sure who will have more fun with this one.

Iokheira Squeaky Dog Toys

Best squeaky dog toy gift
Iokheira Squeaky Dog Toys
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Some dogs have a soft spot for squeaky toys. As much as they can get noisy, this toy box has a variety of squeaky toys for your dog to sink their teeth into. From a giraffe to a cow, your pooch will love these animal toys.

Roxxi's Super Box

Best treat box for dogs
Roxxi's Super Box

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If you love to support small businesses, Roxxi's Super Box should be on your radar when it comes to dog treats. Subscribe monthly, purchase a one-off box or just shop from the homemade treats, but either way, your dog will love these healthy treats.

Personalised Dog Treat Box

Best personalised treat storage box for dogs
Personalised Dog Treat Box
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When it comes to our dogs, we love to spoil them with loads of treats. If you're looking for a unique present to buy, this personalised dog treat box literally has your dog's name on it. Made out of wood, you can store and keep your dog's biscuits safe and sound.

Wild & Woofy Dog Travel Water Bottle & Bowl

Best dog portable water bottle gift
Wild & Woofy Dog Travel Water Bottle & Bowl

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Sometimes walks can get intense, and it's always good to have a water bottle to hand for your pooch to drink from. As a nice gift, why not invest in a dog travel water bottle and bowl - they'll come in handy and you can take them everywhere.

Nobleza Dog Bath Towel

Best dog bath towel gift
Nobleza Dog Bath Towel
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After you've been for a walk - especially if it's a wet one! - you'll want to make sure your pooch is all clean and ready to go back inside. This Nobles dog bath towel is perfect for those clean-ups as well as bath time and more. A cute little gift that you can invest in.

K&H Pet Products Thermo-Snuggly Sleeper Heated Pet Bed Medium Sage

Best heated dog bed gift
K&H Pet Products Thermo-Snuggly Sleeper Heated Pet Bed Medium Sage
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There's nothing better than a cosy up in a warm bed - and your dog shouldn't have to miss out too. This heated bed is a great gift for any pooch out there who loves snoozing. Before you know it they'll be drifting off.

Precious Little Plum Personalised Pet Storage Canvas Rope Basket

Best personalised pet storage canvas
Precious Little Plum Personalised Pet Storage Canvas Rope Basket

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Sometimes we don't have all the space for our pet's toys and food. When you start to stock up, it might be worth investing in some pet storage to keep their things tucked away. This personalised canvas pet storage will keep your house tidy and all of your dog's fave things in one place.

The best gifts for cats

We think these are the purrr-fect option for any cat out there. They'll be meowing for these gifts as soon as they get opened.

Cheshire and Wain Orange Leather Cat Collar with Breakaway Buckle

Best luxury cat collar
Cheshire and Wain

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This gorgeous orange colour collar from Cheshire & Wain will make your kitty stand out. The range includes more leather collars with Caviar themed styled collars included and a discreet safety breakable buckle.

Dreamies Cat Treat Biscuits with Cheese Bulk Mega Tub 350g

Best cat treat gift
Dreamies Cat Treat Biscuits with Cheese Bulk Mega Tub 350g

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Pets at Home

If you're a cat owner, you know that your cats may be a little obsessed with these biscuits. So, on a special occasion, why not grab this mega tub of those delicious snacks. It's worth stocking up on and even more reason when you want to treat your kitty.

Catit Design Senses Super Roller Circuit, Blue

Best cat roller gift
Catit Design Senses Super Roller Circuit, Blue
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If your cat is obsessed with roller toys or balls, this Catit Design Senses roller circuit may keep them occupied for hours. Easy to set up and coming with a light-up ball, your cat will be chasing this toy up and down. A great techy toy to spoil them with.

KittyCreativeCompany Personalised Cat Birthday Gift Box

Best personalised cat birthday gift box
Danish Design Kumfy Kradle Radiator Pet Bed

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If your cat's special day is coming up, you can really treat them with this huge cat birthday gift box. From KittyCreativeCompany, it includes chew toys, treats and even a mini birthday cake toy. Paw-sitively perfect.

Pets at Home Invisible Flying Mouse 2 in 1 Interactive Cat Toy

Best interactive cat toy gift
Pets at Home Invisible Flying Mouse 2 in 1 Interactive Cat Toy

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Pets at Home

Cats love to chase mice on a string and you can really up the fun with this gift: an automatic flying mouse chaser. You won't even have to go far for your cat to get loads of fun out of this toy, which spins around and flips that your cat can catch.

PetSafe ScoopFree Original Self-Cleaning Litter Box

Best self-cleaning litter box gift
PetSafe ScoopFree Ultra Self-Cleaning Litter Box
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If you're getting sick of the stinky litter box in the corner of your home, treat both you and your pet with this self-cleaning litter box. A luxury, this litter box will catch and flip the litter so that you won't be stuck with your cat's smelly leftovers. It's a win for everyone.

BUYGOO 20 Pack Cat Interactive Toy Set

Best bulk cat toy gift
BUYGOO 20 Pack Cat Interactive Toy Set
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Go all out with this bulk toy set, filled with 20 exciting cat toys. From balls to mice and everything your cat could ever want, there will be masses of fun in this box. You'll never have to buy another toy!

Catit Pixi Cat Drinking Water Fountain White 2.5 Litre

Best cat drinking fountain gift
Catit Pixi Cat Drinking Water Fountain White 2.5 Litre

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Cats prefer to drink out of running water taps and enjoy fresh water. With water fountains, you know your cat will be staying super hydrated. We like this cute Catit Pixi fountain, which has a sweet pair of whiskers printed on the front.

PETYELLA Heated Cat Houses for Outdoor Cats

Best gift for outdoor cats
PETYELLA Heated Cat Houses for Outdoor Cats
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In colder months, it can be difficult for cats to want to stay outdoors. If you're a family that like to put your cats out at night, you can give them the luxury of this heated cat house that they can cosy up in. You won't have to worry about them sneaking away with this warm house.

Mason Cash 'Just Purrfect' Cat Placemat

Mason Cash 'Just Purrfect' Cat Placemat

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Pets at Home

At dinnertime, it can get really messy around a cat's bowl and placemats can come in handy if you want to keep your floors clean. Treat them to a cute new placemat that they can enjoy - and means less cleaning up for you!

Nina Ottosson Melon Madness Puzzle and Play Cat Treat

Best cat puzzle treat toy gift
Nina Ottosson Melon Madness Puzzle and Play Cat Treat Puzzle
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Pets at Home

Puzzle toys can be a perfect option to keep your kitty active and excited. Especially for their special day, you can treat them to this puzzle treat toy which stimulates their natural hunting habits.

Talk to the Paw Cat Bowl

Best sassy cat bowl gift
Talk to the Paw Cat Bowl

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If your cat is a sassy one, this 'Talk to the Paw' bowl is a perfect gift to treat them to. Fill it up with food and treats and keep them happy. It even comes wrapped in a little gift box.

Oliver Bonas Carter Woven Cat Bed

Best cat bed gift
Oliver Bonas Carter Woven Cat Bed

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Pets need their own space - especially cats who like to curl up in cosy corners and caves. Your furry friend will enjoy this cocoon cat bed which will suit any interior. It's unique and a perfect gift when you want to spend a little more on your pet.

MomoTails Personalised Name Pet ID Tag

Best personalised cat ID gift
MomoTails Personalised Name Pet ID Tag

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Add this personalised pet ID to your cat's collar and make them look extra special. This independent shop lets you choose your cat's breed and add their name and number to the collar so they'll never get lost. A cute little gift to off to the collection.

RED OCEAN Funny Cat Gift Sign

Best sign cat gift
RED OCEAN Funny Cat Gift Sign
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Every cat owner knows that it's really their kitties who rule the house. This novelty sign is a great gift for you and your cats, that lets everyone know who's really boss with 'the cats are in charge' printed on it.

The best gifts for small animals

We're not forgetting those hamsters, guinea pigs, ferrets, rats and other small animals out there. Here are some fantastic options to spoil your pet with.

PETTOM Small Animal Chew Toys, 12Pack

Best small animal toy set gift
APREUTY Small Animal Chew Toys, 12Pack
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Small pets deserve to be spoiled too. A good place to start are toys and tools that they can play with around their hutches and cages. Including chinchillas, guinea pigs, hamsters and rats can all enjoy this set of chew toys and play activities.

Yontree Hanging Natural Wooden Hamster Swing

Best hamster cage accessory gift
Yontree Hanging Natural Wooden Hamster Swing
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If you're looking to upgrade your hamster cage with a more interesting shelf, this wooden hamster accessory has a swing, ladder and plank for your hammy to play around on. It's secured by two screws onto your cage and will make for really exciting playtime.

A Spoiled Hamster Lives Here - Button Hill Cottage Sign

Best hamster sign gift
A Spoiled Hamster Lives Here - Button Hill Cottage Sign
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A great piece of decor to hang above any cage, this 'a spoiled hamster lives here' will suit any hammy house. You can let everyone know how much you love your little pet with this novelty sign.

Rosewood Naturals Small Animal Treats Celebration Cake

Best small animal cake gift
Rosewood Naturals Small Animal Treats Celebration Cake
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You can even get little celebration cakes for your small animals. This Rosewood Naturals cake is made out of herbal salad mix that is ideal for hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits and more. They'll love this carrot and coconut cake.

Winterworm Soft Plush Pet Cave Pet Bed

Best small animal bed gift
Winterworm Soft Plush Pet Cave Pet Bed
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Don't forget to treat them with a cosy bed. Coming in a variety of styles and two different sizes to fit your pet, they'll be loving this treat in no time. Made out of cotton with a plush cushion inside, they won't be able to resist.

BuyGiftsPersonalised Rabbit Blanket

Best personalised rabbit blanket gift
BuyGiftsPersonalised Personalised Rabbit Blanket

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If you want to buy something special for your rabbit on their special day, this blanket is unique and personalised. Decorate your rabbit's hutch with this rabbit-themed blanket that you can have their name embroidered with. It also has a sweet little carrot embroidered for extra bunny appeal.

Pets&Friends Reversible Snuggle Tunnel

Best rabbit bed gift
Pets&Friends Reversible Snuggle Tunnel

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If you want a toy and a bed all in one, this snuggle tunnel is super cosy but also gives them something to run in and out of. It's the perfect addition to any hutch and is even reversible so you can choose whether to make it soft or fluffy inside.

TheTreatBox Rabbit Gift Box

Best rabbit treat box gift
TheTreatBox Rabbit Treat Gift Box

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Say hello to the best treats for your rabbit all in one box. Including carrot treats, nuggets, biscuit treats and ReadiGrass, your bunny will be stocked up for their special day. It comes in a cute gift box ready for them to enjoy straight away.

Rosewood Snuggles Snoozing and Carrying Bag Small Animal Bed

Best small animal carrying bag
Rosewood Snuggles Snoozing and Carrying Bag Small Animal Bed

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If you like to carry your small pet around, this snoozing and snuggly carry bag may be the perfect gift for your furry friend. Ideal for pets like ferrets, your pet can sit comfortably in the bag while you move around the house. They can even fall asleep next to the warmth of you.

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