Giving gifts this holiday season? Survey says that Canadians are spoiling their pets too

Kate Mendonca
Shopping Editor

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There’s no denying that pets are an important part of the family, so of course it makes sense to include them in holiday celebrations too. 

Dog and cat owners from coast to coast are looking to make this holiday season a special one for their pets as well, and the results are in to prove it. Rover.com, North America’s most extensive pet sitting and dog walking network, surveyed 1,000 Canadian pet owners and is now sharing how pet parents across the country are planning to celebrate the holidays with their furry friends. 

“Rover is really invested in understanding what our pet parents are doing all the time, but over the holidays in particular,” shared Debbie Soon, Head of Rover Canada. “We just really wanted to dig into the data and see what people were actually doing this year in terms of buying presents for their pets.”  

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Cat vs Dog Holiday Gifting

Regardless of whether they’re dog or cat owners, pet parents across the country are planning on shopping for gifts for their furry friends this season. While 67% of cat owners reported that they’ll be buying kitty gifts, a whopping 80% of dog owners plan on shopping for their canine companions. 

In terms of how much they plan on spending, 47% of cat owners plan to spend more than $25 on gifts and 68% of dog owners will be spending more than $25 per gift, while 30% of all pet owners plan on spending more than $50 on gifts for their pet.

For those lucky dogs and cats getting presents, 49% of cat owners plan to purchase two or more gifts, while 61% of dog owners will be buying multiple gifts.

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What they’ll be getting

While it’s no surprise that dogs and cats will be receiving all sorts of special gifts, one present in particular stands out as a favourite pick - tasty treats. Among survey respondents, 83% admitted that they’ll be stocking up on edible gifts or toys for their furry pals. 

While wrapping them up might be one way to gift your pets, another popular way to store your pets gifts is tucked away inside a stocking. Of the pet owners across the country who responded to the survey, 60% revealed that their dog or cat will have one hanging on the mantle too.

For a full look at Rover’s holiday survey, be sure to head over to their website to view the full [results], and shop our top picks for pet gifts this holiday season below. 

Shag Donut Round Dog Bed

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SHOP IT: Wayfair, $67

Merry & Bright Mistletoe Door Hanger Cat Toy

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SHOP IT: Petsmart, $9

Rantow Dog Jacket

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SHOP IT: Amazon, from $17

Smiling Service Personalized Stocking

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SHOP IT: Etsy, from $14

Dingo Gingerbread Men Rawhide Dog Chews

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SHOP IT: Chewy.com, $5

Multipet Dreidel Hanukkah Plush Singing Dog Toy

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SHOP IT: Amazon, $22

Friskies Party Mix Cat Treats

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SHOP IT: Amazon, $4

Chiwava 3 Pack Small Christmas Dog Toys

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SHOP IT: Amazon, $15

FURminator Firm Slicker Brush

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SHOP IT: Chewy.com

Be Awesome Mug and Bowl Set

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SHOP IT: Indigo, $35

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