Twice as many pets will be given Christmas treats and presents by their owners this year compared to last, thanks to an expanding range of gifts at Tesco. Research by the RSPCA has found that nearly eight out of 10 dog owners and 68 per cent of cat owners have bought their pet a present.
Demand for luxury festive meals for dogs and cats as well as foodie treats such as pigs in blankets, three bird roasts and mince pies is already on course to double at Tesco compared to last Christmas. And the retailer’s most popular luxury Christmas dinner for dogs is set to be turkey, sage and cranberry whilst cats for cats it is simply turkey and sage.
Pet owners will have the opportunity to get creative and personalise their gifts for their pooch with a ‘design your own biscuit bone’ kit complete with animal-friendly icing. But the gift giving isn’t just confined to the food, where moggies and dogs can also be spoiled on the big day with a choice of jumpers, Santa hats with antlers and Christmas stockings filled with edible treats.
Tesco pet food buyer Ashley Marks said:
“Judging by the rocketing demand for posh pooch foodie treats like pigs in blankets, three bird roasts and even mince pies the saying ‘it’s a dog’s life’ can finally be laid to rest, at least for Christmas. “And the phrase ‘dressed like a dog’s dinner’ could also soon be redundant with tens of thousands of lucky canines set to tuck into slap up festive feasts. “Even cats are getting in on the act with more owners than ever before treating their moggies to specially made turkey and sage Christmas dinners.
“In the past dogs and cats may have been given a few leftovers off the Christmas dinner table if they were lucky but these days many are being treated like family members.”The newest area of the pet accessories gifting is dog clothing and at Halloween one of the most popular outfits was a spider costume for dogs.