Don't forget that four-legged family member this holiday season. Pets are easy and fun to shop for and there's lots to choose from.
• PetHub's ID tags can reunite owners with animals that have wandered off. Scan the QR code with a smartphone to display the pet owner's contact information. Smartphones aren't required, however. Tags can also display PetHub's 24/7 call center number. Gold Paw shown, $16.75 at PetHub.com.
• This elegant cat furniture will add style to any room. The Refined Feline Lotus Cat Tower has four levels for perching and lounging and a hideaway space. It comes with washable cushions and a replacement carpet. $326.98 at wag.com.
(Click image for larger version)
• The Electric Doggie Biscuit Kit from Nostalgia Electrics is for people who are careful about what they feed their dogs. The nonstick baker makes six biscuits per batch and comes with recipes, six cutters and a decorating set. $29.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond.
• Football fans who watch the game with their dogs will enjoy the line of Steelers jerseys from All Star Dogs. They come in seven sizes to fit dogs from 1 to 90 pounds. Size X-S shown, $21.99 at Petland.
• West Paw specializes in eco-friendly pet items and durable toys like the Floppy Quack stuffing-free duck toy for dogs, $14.99, and organic catnip-filled Barn Mouse for cats, $10.99, at Petagogy, Ellsworth Avenue, Shadyside. West Paw products are available at other independent pet stores, including Pet Supplies Plus in Robinson and Animal Nature in Regent Square.
• Aquatic turtles in the wild enjoy sunning themselves on rocks. Zoo Med's Turtle Dock duplicates the experience under a heat lamp. A submerged ramp gives turtles access to the dock. In four sizes from $13.99 to $29.99 at Petco. Also available at PetSmart and Petland.
• Dogs never tire of chasing balls, and owners don't have to get tired of throwing them. The ChuckIt Ball Tosser comes in several sizes available at PetSmart and Petco. The Medium Sport 25 is $11.99 at PetSmart.
• Brighten the life of a pet waiting for a home at one of the area's animal shelters. The Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife Center, Western Pennsylvania Humane Society and Animal Friends all have gift shops with pet supplies and toys, with proceeds going to help the shelters' animals. The Animal Rescue League and the Humane Society offer a comfortable Kuranda raised bed for a dog, $103, or two cat beds for $59. Rescue League donors also can buy Scratch and Stretch pads for shelter cats to relieve stress and provide exercise, $15.95 plus shipping for six pads. See the shelters' websites for details.
To report inappropriate comments, abuse and/or repeat offenders, please send an email to
email@example.com and include a link to the article and a copy of the comment. Your report will be reviewed in a timely manner.