Aging dogs and cats sometimes need extra attention and love, and that can include special supplies that meet the unique needs of seniors. Here are five special gifts for senior dogs and cats this holiday season.

A special holiday present can bring joy to an elderly animal and remind them they’re part of the family. But shopping for a senior isn’t the same as for a puppy or kitten because older animals have different needs. This list of gifts for senior dogs and cats will help make your holiday shopping a breeze and show your special senior the extra love and attention they deserve!

1. Orthopedic Bed

A cozy orthopedic bed can provide relief for achy joints, arthritis, and stiffness that older animals might experience. These beds offer more support than standard beds, making you fur baby more comfortable while they rest and sleep.

2. Easy-to-Use Toys

As dogs and cats age, their cognitive and physical abilities may decline, making it harder for them to play with traditional toys. Easy-to-use toys are designed for the abilities of older animals. Gift ideas include:

  • Puzzle toys that dispense treats
  • Squeaky toys that are easy to grasp and squeeze
  • Soft, stuffed toys that are easy to carry and cuddle

These toys provide mental stimulation, physical activity, and entertainment. They’re also gentle on the joints and senses. What’s more, engaging in playtime with your senior fur baby strengthens your bond and promotes cognitive and emotional well-being.

3. Healthy Treats

Elderly animals may have specific dietary needs, so healthy treats that are safe and nutritious make excellent gifts for senior dogs and cats. These can include dental chews that clean teeth or tasty joint supplements that support mobility and comfort. These treats will provide additional nutrients and are gentle on the digestive system.

4. Gentle Grooming Tools

Grooming can be challenging for elderly dogs and cats, who may have sensitive skin or joint pain. A soft-bristled brush is gentle on their skin, and a detangling spray can make grooming easier and less painful.

5. Personalized Photo Blanket

A personalized photo blanket is a thoughtful gift that will bring comfort and joy to your elderly dog or cat. There are many companies that let you upload a photo, and they transfer the image to a cozy blanket that your dog or cat can snuggle up with. This provides a soft, warm, comfortable surface for them to rest on.

As dogs and cats age, they may experience arthritis, vision or hearing loss, dental issues, or other health problems. This makes it even more important to show them appreciation and care, and you can do that by buying the right gifts for senior dogs and cats.

AUTHOR PROFILE

Karen Whala is a practicing veterinarian and co-founder of CodaPet.