It’s Valentine’s Day again, and you’re busy finding presents for your lover, your kids, your neighbors, and colleagues. But during the Valentine’s Day rush, don’t forget the critters in your life who love you most: your pets! Here are a few fun and easy gift ideas for your most loyal and loving companions of all:
Contribution in your Pet’s Name

If you have a pet you want to honor or who recently passed away, contribute to your favorite animal shelter or animal rights organization in your pet’s name. You’ll often receive a personalized thank you letter, a photo, and a t-shirt from the company in thanks. ASPCA.org. WWF.org and PETA.org are just a few great animal organizations you can easily contribute to.

Toys For Pets

Little toys for pets are always fun to give and receive. Cats love catnip, dogs love squeaky toys and chew toys, and rats, mice, and hamsters all love chewable cardboard. Basically, give your pet a new favorite toy, and they’ll appreciate and love your Valentine’s Day gift.

Homemade Pet Treats

Homemade pet treats can be tricky to make, but your pet will absolutely love them. Treat recipes range from liver-flavored cat crunchies to dog-friendly carob-chip cookies. Check out recipes online for a huge variety of ideas.

Session of Pet Grooming

If your pet needs a bath and a nice brush-through, consider getting him or her a grooming session for Valentine’s Day. Petsmart has a great and affordable grooming service, as do many independent groomers and pet salons. Your pet may or may not like the actual bathing process, but they’ll be clean and smell great afterwards.

Quality Time With Your Pet

With our busy lives of work, e-mail, MySpace, school, hobbies, and whatever else we have to do, it can be easy to forget about our much-loved pets. This Valentine’s Day, simply giving your pet some quality time with you can me the greatest gift of all. Go to the park with your pet, play Frisbee, give your pet a belly-rub, and talk to your happy companion. Your pet will feel great and loved, and you won’t feel guilty for neglecting your animal friend during your busy Valentine’s Day.

Giving a gift to the family pet on Valentine’s Day is fun and your most loyal companion will love the attention. Whatever you end up giving to your pet for Valentine’s Day, remember to have fun and be kind on this international day of kindness and caring.