Cat Gift Guide 2015

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Earlier this week we reviewed some of our favorite dog and dog-lover gifts, and it’s time for the cats to have their turn!  Below we’ve listed some of our gift suggestions that are sure to be a hit.

 

Gifts for Cats

  • Cat Tree — a good way to enrich your cat’s environment, provide a safe hiding space, and encourage exercise.  Try trees designed for larger cats, that fit into small NYC apartments, and modern designs that avoid the cheap carpet look altogether!
  • Cat Exercise Wheel — to be honest, I included this because it was just too good a video not to include it.  But hey, maybe someone out there is looking for exactly this and has a cat who would be into it!  The model cat is certainly having a blast!!!

Gifts for Cat Lovers

  • Take them out! — NYC has it’s own cat cafe (open Thurs-Tues), where you can get your friend for a kitty cuddle with a cup of coffee.  They even offer gift cards, cat toy-making workshops, and a yoga with kitties class!
  • Paw Print — this will work best if you actually live with the cat in question, but I love this idea so much I would not be opposed to you sneaking in to get the needed prints.  Personalized jewelry (and keychains, prints, etc) are now available based on specific paw prints!  You may need to cache this idea for next year, or a birthday, but these are great presents!
  • Memorial — if a friend lost a beloved pet this year, she will be especially missed at the holidays.  Sometimes the most supportive thing you can do is let your friend know you remember, too.  We’re cutting it close for personalized items, but there are plenty of ready-to-ship options to choose from, including  art,  ornaments, and household items.   If you have a picture of your friend with his cat, simply framing it can be a heart warming gift.

 

If your cat (or a friend’s cat!) hasn’t been in for a check up in a while, he is in good company. Many cats only see the vet when they are sick.  Think about making your cat’s Christmas present one of a clean bill of health–schedule an appointment for an annual exam, so we can check him out and make sure he is ready to attack your feet in bed, keep your apartment mouse-free, and snuggle up for netflix night all next year.

 

Happy Holidays from all of us at Uptown Vets!

 

Uptown Vets   –   295 West 112th St, New York, NY

(212) 222-1221   –   info@uptownvetsnyc.com

Dog Gift Guide 2015

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It’s time to stop procrastinating and get your presents in order!  If you’re in need of inspiration, here’s our gift guide for dogs and dog-lovers alike, that goes beyond the food bowl-and-tennis ball options.  (Never fear, feline-friendly fans!  Check back in 2 days for our cat and cat-lover gift guide.)

Gifts for Dogs

  • Interactive Feeders — just like us, dogs prefer to engage their brains, and mealtime is no different.  Try out a feeding board, food dispensing toy, or puzzle as a new approach to meal times! (note: avoid using these in dogs who guard food, or with multiple dogs around)
  • Coats — it’s finally getting cold in NYC this year, and your pooch may be in need of new layers!  Check out our previous post, discussing how to choose the right coat for your dog.
  • Fun Classes — dogs are genetically geared to work, and every breed has it’s speciality.  As cliche as it sounds, signing your dog up for a class is the gift that keeps giving!  Many good trainers in the area run obedience, rally, and even scent-detection classes where your dog will learn new skills, have a blast, and build an even stronger relationship with you.

Gifts for Dog Lovers

  • Classes — this idea is so good, I’m listing it twice.  If you have a loved one who is besotted with his pooch, now is a great opportunity to help them spend more quality time together.  As an added bonus, you won’t be filling up their apartment with more things they don’t need, and you’ll be treated to an even happier canine companion next time you visit!  If you aren’t sure the recipient is ready for a full-on class, you can arrange for a one-on-one training session, to get the ball rolling.
  • Air Purifier — lets face it–having a pet in NYC means lots of pet hair, dander, and smell in a small space.  No matter how diligent we are, the lingering Eau de Central Park is never quite gone.  Air purifiers made for this purpose are widely available and becoming much more affordable.  As a bonus, they’ll help deal with the less-than-ideal NYC air quality overall, and keep your friend’s lungs happy!
  • Memorial — if a friend lost a beloved pet this year, she will be especially missed at the holidays.  Sometimes the most supportive thing you can do is let your friend know you remember, too.  We’re cutting it close for personalized items, but there are ornaments, prints, and jewelry that can keep a lost pet’s memory alive.   If you have a picture of your friend with his dog, simply framing it can be a heart warming gift.

Aaaand this wouldn’t be a veterinary blog without a quick (even if it’s corny!) suggestion — the best gift we can give our pets is a happy and healthy life.  If your pet hasn’t been in for a check up in a while, this is a great season to schedule an annual exam.  We’ll be able to check out your furry family member from nose-to-tail, answer all of your questions about his wellbeing, and ensure another year of happiness.

 

Happy Holidays from everyone at Uptown Vets.

 

Uptown Vets   –   295 West 112th St, New York, NY

(212) 222-1221   –   info@uptownvetsnyc.com