Illustrations by Lisk Feng

You may look at the OurPets Ball of Furry Fury cat toy and see "mental and physical stimulation" and a "catnip-filled toy." We see Da Vinci’s "Vitruvian Man." (Did we mention it squeaks?)


Designed by RAH Design for the discerning midcentury modern fan, the luxurious MDK9 Dog Haus is made of teak and features custom bedding. In-stock houses measure 76” L x 40” W x 36” H, but customization is available.

(Rah: Design)

Your cuddly animal companions probably spend a lot of time indoors, and yet when they have an opportunity to be outside they often revert to their outdoor predator selves and look longingly at the small rodents that love to torment them and frequently elude them. It is appropriate to purchase a rodent replica that Fido or Tiger can chew and rip apart? You decide.

(Leaps & Bounds)

The dog bowl water bottle lets you carry water to hydrate your dog on hikes and walks. Just squeeze the bottle and the attached dish fills with water. An adjustable velcro strap lets you attach the bottle to a backpack, belt, or wrist.

(Dow Bowl)

Bianca D’Amico of Chaparral Studio hand-hammers and assembles each custom ID tag in her Los Angeles studio. The tags are made of brass and come in two sizes that are suitable for dogs and cats. They’re also available as key chains.


Composed of high density foam, the pet steps from Irvine-based Majestic Pet is a thoughtful gift for animals suffering from age, joint problems, hip dysplasia or arthritis.

(Majestic Pet)

Animals Matter’s bestselling, poof-y Katie Puff bed is made with memory-spring poly-fiberfill and upholstery-grade chenille. It comes in a variety of colors, all them cozy.

(Animal Matter)

The black cotton “Gangster” tank top from L.A.-based Hip Doggie lets everyone know who’s the boss. XXS (7-inch neck) to XL (15.5-inch neck).

(Hip Doggie)

George, a San Francisco dog and cat boutique, offers a number of pet products; among them, this comfy red and grey, yellow-stitched cotton blend throw with a “good dog” logo.


PawNosh’s 100% recycled, hand-made, glass “Cubby” cat bowls come in celery, aqua and tangerine — in two sizes. $45 and $60. Cubby bowls for dogs come in the same style and colors — and in three sizes.


Designer Desanka Fasiska creates her LUX/EROS brand of ceramics in her A-frame Hollywood Hills home. Her Golden Bone Bowls for pets are handmade and glazed to order.


If you regard your feline companions as royalty, you may want to consider the ultimate holiday gift: a castle. The Kitty City version of a home-fit-for-a-queen includes ramps with toys, cube "homes," platforms with toys, scratching posts — and several pieces you'll assemble (please note that verb) to provide an infrastructure. When it’s set up, the dimensions should be 46.75 inches high by 47.5 inches wide by 32.5 inches deep.

(Kitty City)

Jax & Bones’ eco-friendly, California-made “Woolie Dog” squeaky toys are made with boiled wool and non-toxic vegetable dyes. (FYI, medium and large toys contain two squeakers — you’ve been warned.)

(Jax & Bones)

P.L.A.Y.’s Scout & About outdoor tent is made of durable water- and UV-resistant outdoor material — in a compact and collapsible travel design.


Sure, you've been warned against anthropomorphizing your pets, but it's highly unlikely you listen. That's why we're urging you to take a look at an ugly Christmas sweater and/or a Hanukkah bandana for your dog. Don't pretend you don't want them. Time for Joy Ugly Christmas sweater, $14.99 and higher, depending on size.


Nope, it’s not like the toothbrush in your bathroom, the one you profess to use at least twice a day. These Whimzees Hedgehog Dental Treats are something your dog can chew (and chew and chew). Think of them as something akin to a healthy dog biscuit. Ingredients include potato starch, powdered cellulose, malt extract and alfalfa extract, which means you probably won’t be tempted to steal one for yourself.


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Credits: Illustrations by Lisk Feng. Credits: Ricardo DeAratanha, Vera Castaneda, Calvin Hom, Rene Lynch, Kathy Pyon, Steve Elders, Ruthanne Salido, Alice Short, Alene Dawson, Kavita Daswani, Roy M. Wallack, Melinda Fulmer, Jessica Ritz, Ben Muessig, Jeanette Marantos, Terry Gardner, Janet Kinosian, Davis Alexander, Amy Scattergood, Ingrid Schmidt, Kenneth Turan, Tre’vell Anderson, Amy Kaufman, Meredith Woerner, Glenn Whipp and Evan Wagstaff. Design and development by Lily Mihalik.