Christmas is right around the corner and so is the enjoyment of time with family and furry friends alike! Since the holidays and food go hand in hand, it would only seem fitting that sharing some extra sweet morsels with your favorite feline would be festive and fun!
But do cats like ham or hot rolls? Can you give your furry friend a sweet taste of the Christmas pies? Before you go giving your kitty any Christmas nibbles, make sure you know which foods are safe to share and which foods could pose a big danger to them. We’ve compiled a list of the do’s and don’ts so you can be sure your cat stays safe this Christmas.
What should a cat’s diet consist of?
In order to know what not to feed your feline, you first need to know what your cat can eat! Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning their diet is made up primarily of animal protein with some plant matter too. They rely on the nutrients available in meats to get the vitamins and fats their bodies need to live a long and healthy life.
As a cat owner, you know just how picky your feline can be! So making sure they get a high-protein and well-balanced diet is essential. The food your cat should be dining on in their cat bowl should be roughly 50% protein, 35% fats, and 15% carbohydrates. What kitty could resist that kind of kibble?
Should cats eat more around the holidays?
It goes without saying that Christmas is the time of year when indulging in delicious treats is not necessarily frowned upon! But is feeding your cat some festive treats ok to do, too? The short answer is yes, but in very limited bits and only with safe foods.
When the temperatures start to drop outside, cats naturally use more energy to try and maintain their core body temperature. But for indoor cats who experience a regulated home temperature, this instinct to increase their appetite need not apply like it does for outdoor cats! Your indoor kitty may seem to be more hungry because their body is instinctively responding to the change in weather. But the truth is, their diet doesn’t need to change unless their environment does.
So what does this mean for your furry friend who is giving clear signals around the Christmas tree that hunger is in the air? By knowing how the change in seasons affects your cat and by being keenly aware of their specific food behaviors, you can adjust your small treats accordingly this Christmas season. Just remember to keep the treats small, simple, and safe!
Not safe foods for cats
With the aroma of holiday treats wafting through the kitchen, your cat is sure to be on the hunt for some extra bits to nibble on this Christmas. But as we’ve uncovered, not all foods are safe for your kitty to eat and, in fact, some can be extremely harmful to them if ingested. So in order to keep your cat safe, here are some foods to avoid letting them eat at all.
SPICES: Garlic and spice make everything nice, right? Not for cats, they don’t! Some of the most harmful ingredients for cats to eat are actually spices that are found in many holiday dishes. Garlic, onion, chives, or any other spice that is a member of the allium family are very dangerous for cats to eat. These tasty additives have compounds that can cause cats to have severe vomiting and diarrhea. So when giving your cat a nibble of Christmas meat, make sure it is unseasoned!
CHOCOLATE: When the holiday season is in full swing, the coziness of warm fires and hot chocolate are felt all around! But for your cat, chocolate is anything but a cozy treat. The sugary sweet treats of chocolate are harmful to cats as they contain caffeine and theobromine, both of which are toxic to cats and can cause kidney failure.
So in order to keep your cat safe this Christmas, keep the advent calendars, candy bowls, and any sugary treats out of reach and away from curious and climbing kitties!
DAIRY PRODUCTS: Santa’s milk is ok for your kitty to sip, right? Not so much! Most people don’t realize it, but the majority of cats are actually lactose intolerant. Yes, it’s true that almost any cat will happily lick up the frothy white yumminess of milk if given the chance, but this “little treat” can actually cause stomach cramps for your furry friend. So best to stick to water when treating your cat to a drink this Christmas!
Safe foods for cats
While there are certainly limitations on what morsels you can treat your cat to this holiday, all is not lost! Keeping your cat’s diet consistent and well-balanced throughout the year is important, but if you want to feed them small bits of festive food this holiday, here is a list of some safe options!
PLAIN TURKEY: Your cat can certainly have a nibble of the star of the Christmas table! When dishing out their small portion, just be sure it is unseasoned, fully cooked, and has absolutely no bones in it. No one wants an emergency vet visit on Christmas.
PLAIN SALMON: What goes better with a cat on Christmas than a slice of salmon? If your holiday celebration includes the dish of seven fishes, then including your cat is ok! Salmon is a perfect fish choice to share sparingly with your cat as it is loaded with protein and omega fatty 3 acids that are super beneficial for their brains and bodies. Just be sure to give in moderation as once a cat tastes the goodness of plain, fully cooked salmon, they may not want to eat anything else!
RAW VEGGIES: It’s true that cats are predominantly carnivores, but over time and through domestication, their diet has adapted to include small amounts of vegetables as well. When it comes to giving any pet carrots, brussel sprouts, pumpkin, or broccoli, you must make sure they are uncooked and unseasoned so as not to hurt their digestion.
An Omlet cat Christmas
At Omlet, we believe cats are part of the family, so pets should enjoy the holidays, too! But for some cats, having a safe Christmas means retreating to a space all their own so they can avoid any harmful foods altogether.
That’s why we created the Maya Indoor Cat House as a great option for any cat who seeks a secluded sanctuary that is cozy and cuddly. Christmas is all about giving! So give a small bite or two of the safe foods to your cat this Christmas and then let them do what they do best – relax in a cat nap! Meowy Christmas!
For delivery in time for Christmas, please ensure you have placed your order by the below dates. Please be advised problems with couriers cannot be avoided, and if you want to be sure your order will make it to you in time for Christmas, we highly recommend ordering well before these dates. Alternatively, please call or email our customer services team for advice on the best courier to use at this busy time of year. Please also be aware that these dates are only valid for products that are currently in stock, pre order products will not ship until they are back in stock.
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Does your cat get in the way when you’re wrapping presents at Christmas? Are you tired of hunching over badly wrapped socks with scotch tape stuck to your fingers? Is your dog snoring in the corner with one eye on the food gift sets?
It’s time to take a break and make some fun DIY pet toys! These four simple toys can easily be made with used wrapping paper cardboard tubes, so you can make great use of the tubes, and keep your pets entertained.
Opting out of wrapping this year? Don’t worry, you can make all these toys with a toilet paper roll or paper towel rolls.
Safety note: Always supervise children with scissors and supervise your pets with these new toys. Give treats in moderation.
You will need:
Toilet roll cardboard tubes or a longer wrapping paper tube cut shorter
Your dog or cat’s favorite treats/kibbles
Cut into one end of the cardboard tubes, and repeat around the edge of the end of the tube, about 1cm between each cut, and up the tube by about 2cm
Fold the cut pieces into each other and hook together so they hold their position, push your thumb through so the ends point inwards into the tube
Repeat with the other end, but before closing up the tube and pushing inside, fill with your pet’s favorite treats or kibble
Use the pencil to poke holes into the tube, just about big enough for the kibble to fall out of
Give to your pet and encourage them to kick the tube around to release the treats!
You will need:
Toilet paper roll cardboard tubes or a longer wrapping paper tube cut shorter
A small cardboard box
Your dog’s favorite kibble
If using a cardboard box, cut down the top flaps so it’s a completely open box
Stand up toilet paper roll cardboard tubes in the box. You can cut them into different heights to make it more interesting
Fill the box with your dog’s food
Place the box on the floor and watch as your dog sniffs out their kibble and nudges and removes the tubes to eat
Christmas tree chewer
You will need:
Toilet paper roll cardboard tubes or a longer wrapping paper tube cut shorter
Fold a toilet paper roll tube in half by length (end to end)
Draw a Christmas tree shape on the toilet roll
It’s very important to leave a folded edge uncut by about half a centimeter either side – this will hold the tree together
Once the tree shape is cut, push in the sides so isn’t folded flat, and the tree should stand up
Place in your hamster’s cage or playpen and enjoy!
You will need:
Toilet roll cardboard tubes or cut up a longer wrapping paper tube
Treats or kibble
Cut a toilet roll tube into 5 rings
Place one ring through the other, and a third ring through these 2
Place another ring through a gap, then pop some kibble into the center
Place the final ring through the tiny gap left so it holds its shape
Roll the treat ball on the floor for your cat or dog to kick around to release the treats!
The Omlet Christmas Market is now open! With plenty on offer for dogs this year, you don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to get some great deals on gifts for any pampered pooches (and their owners!) that you have in your life.
The Topology dog bed is a must-have for any pup who loves to put their feet up after a long day! With a high performance memory foam mattress base, this bed is also an amazing gift for any dogs who need that extra bit of support and comfort for their joints. Available with a number of luxury toppers, including a dreamy faux fur sheepskin, the bed is great for keeping your four legged friend snug over the holiday season!
If you know someone who’s looking to upgrade their dog’s bed for the new year, the Bolster Bed is an ideal choice. The zip-on, machine washable covers make them ideal for any puppy accidents or muddy paw prints as well.
With a range of 15 different beautiful colors and a range of designer feet to choose from, the Bolster is perfect for any dog parents who want a stylish bed to match the interior of their home! How about opting for the Sage Green or Merlot Red to really fit in with the Christmas decorations?
Luxury Super Soft Dog Blanket
The irresistible Luxury Super Soft Dog Blanket will be a real treat for any pups to find under the tree this year! The ultra cozy, Sherpablanket can be placed anywhere in the home to help your dog get a great night’s sleep. You can even position the blanket in your pup’s bed for even more warmth and comfort. Now also available in a very festive poinsettia red and cream design, your dogs can get into Christmas spirit with the rest of the family!
Are you struggling to find the purrfect Christmas present for a cat lover you know? Rest assured, you’ll be bound to find something the the Omlet Black Friday Sale! A number of cat toys and accessories are on offer this year so you’ll want to hurry to ensure you won’t miss out on some unmissable savings!
Donut Cat Bed
If you’ve got a cat who loves nothing more but to snuggle up and get cozy, the Maya Donut Cat Bed will be top of their Christmas wish list this year! The donut shape means your cats will have optimum support, that will provide them with a cuddly feeling that they’ll absolutely love. The faux fur material is so soft to touch that it will have your cats in a state of pure tranquility!
The Bolster Bed is another super soft cat bed that will also be an excellent Christmas gift for any cat parents.The zip-on, machine washable covers make them ideal for getting rid of any odors or fur balls.
With a range of 15 different beautiful colors and a range of designer feet to choose from, the Bolster is ideal for any cat parents who want a stylish bed to match the interior of their home!
Luxury Super Soft Cat Blanket
No cat will be able to say no to the Omlet Luxury Super Soft Cat Blanket! The beautiful throw can be placed on your cat’s favorite spot in the home, or even in their bed to help them get an even better sleep. The blanket is double-sided and also comes in two designs – grey and cream and poinsettia red and cream, giving cat parents the option to find the right style for their home.
Outdoor Cat Run
If you have an indoor cat that loves feeling the wind in its fur, a pedigree cat who can’t be left to roam free in the neighborhood, or live close to a busy road but want to give your feline friend a feel of the great outdoors, we have got the perfect gift for you. The Omlet Outdoor Cat Run is a customizable catio that is both stable and secure, where you will be able to spend time with your cat and give them some fresh air, while still knowing they are safe.
You’ve come to the right place if you’re getting a gift for the chicken keeper in your life! The Omlet shop is, as always, packed with practical and fun things for all hens and their owners. Make the most of our Black Friday Sale by stocking up on some of the great offers in good time before the holidays.
One of the greatest gifts you can give your chickens this winter is some fun and entertainment! We have got plenty of engaging hentertainment that will have your hens clucking with excitement.
The Poppy and Pendant Peck Toys release feed, treats or grit as your chickens go in for a peck, so will add both stimulation and snacks in times when there are not as many bugs to dig out of the flower beds.
Or why not make your chicken run more of a play park with the amazing Chicken Swing? Perching comes natural to hens, and adding an element of movement will add some extra excitement to their day.
Omlet’s Automatic Chicken Coop Door makes life for chicken keepers just that little bit easier, and will be perfect for tech lovers! The door can be programmed to open and close automatically at certain times of day, or chosen levels of daylight, so that the chickens will be safely tucked in as soon as the sun goes down, even if their owners are still at work. The Autodoor can also be fitted to any wooden coop or run, so makes a great gift for all proud (but busy) chicken owners.
Whether you want to stop your chickens from wandering out on the road or keep them out of your garden, the Omlet Chicken Fencing is a great addition to any backyard chicken keeper’s setup. The high fencing come with poles that you just push into the lawn, so you can move or adjust the flock’s roaming space at any time.
The fencing has reflective guy ropes to make them easier to spot when you go to put your hens to bed after work, and the gate is super quick to maneuver for easy access.
Lucky chicken keepers will have more eggs than they can eat in a day, so will need a way of storing them. Egg skelters allow you to keep your hens’ beautiful eggs on display in the kitchen, and will make it easy to know in which order to crack them open, as new eggs can simply be added at the top as they come in fresh from the coop.
Whether you’re buying a present for an animal loving child or for your own little pet, we’ve got the perfect gifts, big and small. Check out these top tips, now at an amazing price in the Omlet Black Friday Sale!
Shelters and Play Tunnels
Give your rabbits or guinea pigs something fun to play with on their run this winter with Zippi Shelters and Play Tunnels. Available in green or purple, the shelters are a great way of providing a safe and secluded place for your pets to hide, or as a platform they can jump onto and watch the world go by.
The play tunnels can be placed independently anywhere on the run for your pets to chase each other through, or be connected to the shelters to create a maze that mimics their wild burrows. Entertainment and safe spot all in one!
The Caddi Treat Holder is the perfect stocking stuffer for chickens, rabbits or guinea pigs, or their owners. The Caddi can be filled with a range of pet appropriate treats, and will swing as the animals peck or bite the treats. It’s the ideal both mental and physical challenge, with the added bonus of a tasty reward!
Hung from the roof of your hutch and run, the height of the Caddi can easily be adjusted, and it’s super easy to remove it for refilling and cleaning.
Qute Hamster and Gerbil Cage
The Qute allows hamster and gerbil owners to get closer to their pets. The modern design means you will be happy to display the piece in your kitchen or living room, and the large, crystal clear bedding tray makes it easy for pet owners of all ages to see what their pets are up to. The bedding tray also offers a convenient way of getting your hamster or gerbils out of the cage for playing, socializing and exercise.
Geo Bird Cage
Upgrade your parakeet/budgie or other small birds’ home this winter with the stunning Geo Bird Cage. The Geo has got everything your bird needs to become a natural part of the home, and you can accessorize with baths, mirrors and toys for your pets to enjoy.
Eglu Go Hutch
Do your current pets need a home improvement? The Eglu Go Hutch is the perfect way of keeping rabbits or guinea pigs in the garden. The handy integrated hutch and run solution allows your pets to run in and out as and when they like during the day, and when it’s time for a nap they can curl up in the safe and insulated house. In winter you can move the hutch closer to the house, making cleaning and spending time with your pets even easier.
The holidays offer a great opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends – and that includes pets. But, it’s also important to remember that what we enjoy about the festive season isn’t the same for our furry or feathered friends. With a bit of care and consideration, though, you can make sure the holidays are a fun time for your pets too. These ten top tips for helping your pets to have an amazing holiday break will set you on the right track.
1. Turn down the volume
Christmas and New Year are noisy, with people, music and games all adding to the decibels. For cats and dogs, it may simply be a case of looking for a quiet spot, although many dogs will even be perfectly happy at the center of the party. Caged pets such as budgies, finches, parrots and small mammals, though don’t find it so easy to escape the noise.
If possible, cages should be placed in a quieter part of the house if there’s a party taking place in the main room. The Omlet Qute Hamster Cage is the perfect home for one Syrian hamster or two gerbils, with optional wheels to make moving their space from one room to another easy.
2. Forgo the fireworks
The biggest bang comes from fireworks. While some pets will simply head for a safe corner, others are absolutely terrified. If you’re the owner of a nervous pet, speak to your veterinarian as they may be able to prescribe medication to help them relax. For cats and dogs, you can also try pheromone diffusers a few weeks before the fireworks begin. Take a read of our pets’ guide to surviving fireworks blog for more tips on pet safety during this time.
3. Go easy on the treats
There’s lots of food around at Christmas. Your dog will be more than happy to eat leftovers and treats all day, given the chance, but this doesn’t make it a good idea. As far as your dog is concerned, it’s best to treat Christmas and New Year like any other day, perhaps with a simple treat such as a few slices of plain turkey with the evening meal.
The same applies to other pets, and you’ll also need to make sure that everyone knows the rules. A well-meaning guest might try to feed pretzels and salted peanuts to the hamsters and gerbils, or pieces of Christmas cake to the pet birds. These human snacks will bring no benefit to your pet, and some items are even highly toxic. You can find our series of pet-safe festive foods here:
During the holiday season, it’s easy to lose your routine. You’ll probably be in bed later than usual, enjoying a few too many lie-ins, and preoccupied with children and guests. With everything else going on, there’s a chance that daily tasks such as refilling your pets’ food bowls, closing the hen house door or even skipping the dog walk can fall off the radar.
Most pets will already be thrown by a change of environment from all the Christmas decor, so it’s important to minimize stress as much as possible and keeping their routine as familiar as possible will help.
5. Visitor pep talks
Some dogs love crowds and attention from new people, but even the most sociable of canines need time to chill. Chances are, you’ll have plenty of visitors over the holiday season and some pets won’t appreciate all the extra fuss.
Speak to guests beforehand about your pet’s temperament and what the boundaries are. If there are young visitors, be wary of potential cage-rattling and chasing pets. You also need to remember that birds like to have lights out in the evening, so make sure your late party doesn’t turn into an all-nighter for the budgies, finches and parrots, too. If the room isn’t too noisy, a bird cage cover might suffice; otherwise, relocating the pet cage will be the best option.
6. Keep the pets at home
If you’re traveling away for Christmas, arrange for someone to look after your pets. Consider a cat sitter or chicken sitter if you’re planning on an extended trip away. If this isn’t possible, look into local catteries and kennels.
You can consider taking your dog with you if you’re heading away for the holidays, though. Fortunately, there are many dog-friendly vacation spots available, meaning Fido doesn’t have to miss out on the fun.
7. Winter weather safety
If you’re planning on keeping your pets in another room for the Christmas party, or if they are kept in the backyard all year round, you need to take special measures to ensure they remain warm.
The Christmas season tends to involve lots of pet hazards – wrapping paper, bows, ribbons, tinsel, and bits of plastic to name just a few. To avoid these items ending up in your pet’s mouth or wrapped around their legs, be sure to get everything tidied away once the presents have been opened.
9. Christmas tree watch
A Christmas tree can easily be bashed by wagging dog tails and adventurous cats attempting to climb. For one, it’s a good idea not to have heavy decorations high up on the Christmas tree, as these could easily fall and break, and nothing fragile (or valuable) should be kept within reach of an excited tail.
If your cat’s fascination with the tree doesn’t wane, get them a Christmas tree of their own with the Switch Cat Scratcher. Put simply, it’s the coolest cat scratcher since time began. With the help of tech and tireless testing from our in-house cats, we’ve designed a cat scratching post that your Christmas tree definitely won’t be able to compete with.
With over 1,200 irresistible light modes, the Switch is attractive to our eyes as they are fascinating to feline ones. Plus, with a bamboo base that lasts indefinitely and 100% biodegradable sisal sleeves, your cat’s Christmas wish will be granted all year long.
10. New pet? No worries
You’re probably familiar with the saying that a dog is for life, not just for Christmas, but the same applies to any pet. If you’ve carefully considered that pet ownership is right for you and you have the resources to do so, bringing them in amongst the festive chaos isn’t the best time to put your plan into action But, if you have had a recent animal addition to the family in the past few months, navigating their first Christmas is something you need to account for.
First of all, make sure that new cats and dogs have been introduced to any other pets that could be joining you over the season to avoid potential confrontations. Also, ensure that your home is still pet-proof with any decorations you’ve added to your usual setup. This will likely be their first time experiencing a Christmas and New Year, so pay special attention to how they’re reacting, making sure to remove them from situations that are making them uncomfortable.
Zippi is the perfect way to enhance your pets’ life. The amazing tunnel system allows you to create a burrow-like path in your backyard that your rabbits and guinea pigs will love exploring. Expand with corners and T-junctions, and add intrigue with hayracks and lookout towers!
The Zippi Tunnel System also makes it super easy for your pets to independently move between their hutch and a remote run or playpen, so that they can come and go as they want throughout the day.
This is the perfect opportunity to extend an existing system, or to start a completely new one with theZippi Run and Playpens.
Caddi Treat Holder
The Caddi is the perfect stocking filler for any small animal lover. This interactive treat holder can be hung from the roof of any hutch or run, and can be filled with fresh vegetables or hay for rabbits and guinea pigs to enjoy.
It’s super easy to refill, will keep the pets’ snacks fresher for longer, and they will love the challenge of the swinging Caddi as they go in for a bite!
Is someone in your family getting a new puppy that they are planning to crate train? Or have your parents got a nervous rescue dog that feels most secure when they have their own space away from all the hustle and bustle? Then we have the perfect gift for them, human or canine.
The amazing Fido Studio is a dog crate that looks like piece of modern furniture, so that it doesn’t have to be hidden in a corner somewhere. The Fido Studio is also available with an optional and extremely practical wardrobe where all the dog’s things can be stored!
In addition, the Fido Nook offers a stylish, sensible space for your pet to call their own
Super Soft Blankets
Upgrade your dog’s bed for Christmas to make sure it’s ready for the year ahead. Omlet’s super soft blankets will make the bed extremely warm and cozy for your pet after long Winter walks, and is perfect for putting on sofas or car seats to keep them free from hair and mud.
New Bolt Bite and Triangle Tug
From Wild One, Omlet brings you these versatile and durable dog toys that are functional and stylish in any home. They are simple, classic, and minimalist. The bolt bite is great for storing treats or peanut butter in each end that is open. You can also put it in your dishwasher for easy cleaning! It also comes in this festive red color that is perfect for the season.
The Triangle tug boasts two shapes, two textures, and is perfect for tug-of-war. If you’re in a household with multiple dogs or if you’re at the other end of your pups tug-match, the Triangle Tug is made for you. The triangle is 100% natural rubber with a reinforced core for added strength. The rope is 100% natural cotton with a 7x looped seam and reinforced stitching throughout. Both of those toys will be a hit with your canine companion for the holidays!
Any of these toys would make an amazing gift for your pet at the end of the day. The question is which one is the best choice for you and your furry friend?!
This is the ideal time to treat yourself to that chicken coop you have been dreaming about! If would like to start keeping chickens in the new year, the Eglu Go or Eglu Go UP are brilliant starter coops for 3-4 hens. If you currently have a smaller Eglu, or keep chickens in a coop that is starting to look a bit worse for ware, you might want to consider investing in an Eglu Cube, our largest chicken coop with space for up to 10 small bantam hens.
All Eglus are super safe, very easy to clean and can be moved around the backyard as often as you like. This makes life easier and more relaxing for both you and your pets!
Omlet’s amazing range of Chicken Toys and Accessories make great holiday gifts for chicken keepers of all ages. Interactive food toys like the Poppy and Pendant Peck Toys and the Caddi Treat Holder that can be filled with fresh produce and hung from the roof of the run will entertain chickens during the cold Winter months, as will the super fun Chicken Swing and the more traditional Chicken Perch.
Cats love trees, they love things that hang and dangle, and they love shiny objects. With this said it’s not difficult to understand how your beautifully decorated Christmas Tree will seem like a wonderful playground to your furry friend. But a toppled tree will not only make a lot of mess, but it can also hurt your cat, so it’s best to do everything you can to keep your curious cat away from your holiday evergreen. Here are our best tips:
Choose the right tree and the right position
If you’re having a real tree, choose one with sharp needles, like a Scotch Pine, that the cat will want to keep their paws far away from. Hoover up the fallen pine needles every day, as they can cause serious pain if they get stuck between paw pads.
Place the tree somewhere away from bookcases, sofas and other furniture that the cats might use as a platform to pounce from.
Secure the tree
To make sure the tree doesn’t topple over and fall if the cats were to get hold of it, make sure you choose a stand with a wide base that can take some potential swinging. Depending on your set up, you might also be able to tie a piece of strong fishing line to the top of the tree and connect it to the ceiling.
Don’t tempt fate
When you’re at work, or in bed, close the door to the room with the tree to stop the cat from playing with it. Ideally you will be able to give the cat access to the rest of the house, but if you have to lock them in a room, make sure it’s big enough for them and that they have everything they need.
Go top heavy on the ornaments
Try not to place too many ornaments at the bottom of the tree where you cat can reach, especially not ones that are precious to you, or that would automatically break if they fell off. One idea is to get ornaments that make noises, like bells, and place them on the lower half of the tree. Not only will this potentially stop your cat from going further up the tree, but you will also hear when the cat has approached and can interfere before any damage is done.
You can also secure ornaments by using wire hangers, or plier ones that you can clamp around the branch. These will be more difficult for your cat to pull off.
Things cats don’t like
Cats hate the scent of oranges, so to discourage them from approaching the tree, you can put orange peels around the base. You can also wrap tin foil around the trunk of the tree. Cats don’t like the sensation of putting their paws on it or the crinkling noise it makes. This works better if you have a kitten or a younger cat, but it’s worth trying.
Secure the electrics
Some cats will nibble on the cables to the lights, which can hurt them or become potential fire hazards. Consider investing in pet-proof cord protectors, use duct tape to secure the cables to the floor or the wall, or use battery powered lights without long cables.
Skip the tinsel
Don’t use tinsel if you have a cat in the house. Tinsel is extremely attractive to cats, and they will pull it down and spread it all over the house. If ingested, it can also cause the cat serious injuries, so it’s best avoided.
Incorporate your dog’s Fido Nook into your Christmas homeware and transform your pet’s den into a festive haven with these seasonal decoration ideas…
Everyone loves the sparkle of lights at Christmas time so why not beautifully frame your Nook with battery powered fairy lights. If using with a puppy, place the lights across the top of the Nook so you still have a lovely glow, without the chewing risk!
Stick a Fido Hook to the outside of the Nook’s wardrobe door for a mini Christmas wreath. You could even make one yourself so it matches your festive decor perfectly, and add subtle puppy touches, like some decorative bones or a paw print ribbon.
If you have added a curtain pole and Fido curtains to your pet’s Nook, why not try your hand at sewing your own Christmas curtains with a festive fabric.
No need to sacrifice your Christmas tree, for puppies and frequent chewers use shatter-proof or soft baubles and keep any that are fragile or precious near the top!
Battery-powered candles give the same warming glow as real ones, without the risk to pets! If you are concerned about chewing, keep the candles on top of the Nook.
Get your dog a cute dog themed stocking, perfect for hanging up in the wardrobe ready for Santa Paws!
‘Tis the season to deck the halls, trim the tree, and spoil your four-legged friends. If you’re anything like us, your holiday gift list includes tail-wagging wonders that’ll delight any dog owner and their canine companion. We’ve created the ultimate guide dog Christmas guide, full of tips and our favorite products to make this holiday season the most magical one yet.
Time to get cozy
There are few things better than curling up in front of the fire to watch Christmas movies this season. Why not make the occasion a family affair by including your furry friend in the fun? Your dog will enjoy watching some Christmas classics along with you, and even more so when they have a cozy dog blanket to relax on.
Getting theperfect pet pic amongst the Christmas chaos can be a challenge. But, with a sprinkle of festive magic (and bribery), you can be on your way to a print-worthy portrait the whole family will love.
The best way to be sure you and your dog are framed in the photo together is to set the timer on your phone or ask a friend to snap a shot for you. This is where treats will come in handy to keep your pup’s attention.
The sky’s the limit when it comes to ideas for a festive photoshoot. Maybe you want to get a photo of your dog and family out on a walk together. Or, why not try posing in front of the Christmas tree? And if you’re really feeling the Christmas spirit, you can even hire a professional photographer to take a family portrait with your furry friend.
From our furry family to yours
Now that you have the perfect shot, print them out and send them to family and friends as Christmas cards. If you have children, decorating the cards with glitter and stickers is a fun activity to keep them entertained, too. Don’t forget to let your dog sign the card with a cute paw print on the back. This will no doubt take pride of place on every mantlepiece.
All the trimmings
Steal the spotlight on Christmas day walkies with Omlet’s matching dog collar and leash sets. Available in a range of striking prints, these smart sets make the ideal gift for the dog in your life and are a great way to get your beloved pup looking smart when all the family arrives for lunch.
Walking in a winter wonderland
One of the best parts of Christmas is all the lights to look at – there’s always someone in the neighborhood who goes all out with their decor!
Enjoy spending time with Fido this Christmas with a long walk to check out the decorations. They’ll be fascinated by all the bright blinking lights and holiday flair. Just don’t forget to stick to winter walking safety tips to ensure no one gets too chilly.
Christmas market adventures
If you’re near a Christmas market, both you and your dog are in luck. Since most are held outdoors, they make for the perfect day out as long your pup is well-behaved and confident in crowded situations.
Enjoy some delicious mulled wine and listen to carol singers as you and your dog stroll through the scenery. Your dog will love the new sights, smells and exercise but be sure to bring along somedog-friendly treats with you to keep them distracted if need be.
‘Tis the season to indulge
We all know that the holidays can be a time for extra indulgence. And while you shouldn’t entirely change your dog’s diet just because it’s Christmas, a few extra festive treats won’t hurt.
Why not make these healthyapple and cinnamon dog cookies? These delicious, dog-friendly snacks make the perfect stocking stuffer or after-dinner treat.
Whether your dog has made the naughty or nice list this year, it wouldn’t be right to deny those puppy eyes a few presents of their own. After all, it’s their mischief that makes them even more loveable. And with our range of innovatively designed products, your pet’s Christmas wish really can come true.
Want to give your pup the gift of comfort this holiday season? How about a new bed in our Mischief print? Perfect for the cheeky pup. Or there’s theTopology Dog Bed is any dog’s dream with its high-quality memory foam mattress that delivers premium levels of comfort. And the best part? The toppers for the bed can easily zip off and be cleaned in the washing machine for that fresh sheets feeling. Even better, stock up on spare Toppers – perfect for a quick change before your guests arrive
If your dog loves to snuggle anywhere, anytime, then consider getting them aSheepskin Dog Blanket this Christmas. The warm and cozy throw can become the ultimate nap nest for any dog whether at home, in the car, or on vacation.
If you’re lucky enough to get time off from work this Christmas, make the most of it with some quality bonding time. Playing with your pup is great fun and helps you to strengthen your connection. Gift a durable dog toy that they love and you’ll have endless hours of festive fun.
Christmas truly is a wonderful time of year, but it does involve some things that can pose a danger to dogs. Take a read of our blog post abouthow to keep your pets safe during this season to make sure you keep everyone accident-free and safe this Christmas.
Omlet and your dog’s Christmas
Christmas is even better when there are pets involved. With food, fun and festive celebrations, you and your furry friend will soon be revelling in the wonder of this magical holiday by the tree. And thanks to Omlet’s range of dog products such as dog beds, dog blankets and designer dog leashes, your dog’s Christmas will be made even more special with products built to delight on the big day, and last a lifetime.
Over the next 10 days we’re going to hide a number of amazing competitions and generous offers on our website. To take part in these exclusive competitions, and receive the special offers, you will need to find Santa!
Each day’s Santa Search will be announced on our social media platforms. Once you know what you’re looking for, head to omlet.us to find the Santa Search banner we’ve hidden somewhere on the website. When you find Santa’s friendly animal helper, click on them to be transported to the page where you will receive the offer, or be able to enter the competition. To make sure you don’t miss out, follow us on social media in December – depending on whether you’ve been naughty or nice there might be clues!
If you have a chicken keeping loved one who’s notoriously difficult to buy for, something for their chickens will probably be very well received. Take a look at our gift guide below and find something for every budget.
Eglu Cube – For someone very close to you this is an amazing gift that will surely go down a treat on Christmas morning. Whether they’ve been wanting to start keeping chickens for as long as you can remember, or perhaps already have a wooden coop which they can often be heard complaining about; the Eglu Cube is the dream upgrade for any chicken keeper. Suitable for up to 6 medium-sized chickens, the Eglu Cube is super quick and easy to clean. The house features twin wall insulation to keep inside the coop warm in winter and cool in summer, and draft-free ventilation to keep fresh air moving through the coop without exposing your chickens to a cool breeze. The secure run is predator resistant and gives chickens a safe place to scratch about when they aren’t able to free-range, and can be accessorised with run covers, perches, hanging feeders and more! Choose from a purple or leaf green house, available from $679.
Do they already have a Cube? These accessories are a great addition to their coop.
The Automatic Chicken Coop Door makes life just that little bit easier, especially in winter, and will go down a treat with tech lovers! The door can be programmed to open and close automatically by a certain time of day, so that chicken keepers can relax in the knowledge that their chickens are roosting in the safety of their coop even if the owners are stuck at work. With the light setting the door can be set to open at dawn and close at dusk, so the humans can have a well deserved lie in while the chickens start their busy day. The Autodoor can also be fitted to any wooden coop or run so makes a great gift for any proud chicken owner.
You can now get the Autodoor with a the Omlet Poppy and Pendant Peck Toys in our Stay Buys! Was $213.98, now only $201.49. Buy here!
The Eglu wheels are a practical present for Omlet chicken keepers who want to easily move their Eglu around the garden. If they already have wheels, run handles can make it easier to grip the run for moving, especially during the colder temperatures.
Unfortunately the end of the year doesn’t mean the end of winter, and all chicken keepers will appreciate some covers to put on the run, in preparation for the rainy months ahead. Not only will covers keep the girls dry and out of the draft, they will also prevent the lawn from turning into a mud bath. Choose the heavy duty covers for ultimate protection from wet weather, the clear covers to allow for sunlight and shelter, or the Combi covers for the best of both worlds.
Little gifts for any chicken keeper
The Ultimate Hentertainment Bundle, made up of a 1m Chicken Perch, Poppy Peck Toy, Caddi Treat Holder and Chicken Swing, contains absolutely everything a new chicken keeper would need to keep their chickens from getting bored. This eggcellent hentertainment package is now only $71.95 (before $86.95) in our Christmas Star Buys!
The new Limited Edition Hivis Chicken Jacket, designed to look like a traditional Christmas Jumper, will ensure chickens are safe and seen when crossing the road this December, while keeping hens super cosy – perfect for the festive season.
Treats – We have plenty of boredom busting treats, perfect as stocking fillers for all chicken keepers.
Egg skelter– For chicken keepers and keen bakers, this lovely kitchen eggcessory will go down a treat. As well as looking good, it is also incredibly practical and will help ensure eggs are used in date order! Shop the colour range here.
Is your friend or someone in your family what some might refer to as a crazy cat person? Or are you struggling to find something to give a dog, or a dog owner, for Christmas? Fur-tunately we have some paw-fect gifts for all budgets!
Everyone knows that a dog is for life, not for Christmas, but if you or someone close to you are introducing a four-legged friend to the family in the new year you will be able to give the dog the warmest of welcomes with a Fido Nook, the world’s most luxurious dog bed. The Nook will be a safe spot for your dog to return to for a nap or just some peace and quiet, and you can add the removable crate if you’re planning to crate train your puppy.
The neat freak who gets stressed about mess in the house will fully appreciate the Nook’s integrated wardrobe, which allows you to store all your dog’s things in one place. No more treats in kitchen drawers, tennis balls under sofa cushions or leads on the hallway floor! The pawfect present for both human and canine!
Are you buying for someone who’s already got a Nook for their dog? Fill the wardrobe with any of the Nook accessories: the bed, clothes rail, storage box, shelf, bowl or mirror, now all with 25% off!
You could also get them some other bits and bobs to decorate the den for Christmas, such as fairy lights or a mini wreath.
Does your mum come down to breakfast in the morning complaining about how the cat kept her up all night moving around on the bed? If you treat her to the luxury indoor cat house Maya Nook this Christmas, the cat will get a secure den of their own to sleep in, and your mum’s beauty sleep won’t be disturbed. The optional curtains are not just a beautiful decorative touch, they also provide the cat with a secluded space to fully relax in. Choose the stylish charcoal grey fabric, or use our custom made pattern and a Christmassy fabric of your choice to add a festive touch to the home.
The practical wardrobe for the Maya Nook can be used to store all things cat, like toys, food, treats and grooming products, so that clearing up for that Christmas party will be quicker than ever.
Outdoor Cat Run
Not all cats are able to roam the streets at their leisure, whether it’s because of old age, illness or some particularly nasty neighbours. Does your cat loving friend however still want their cat to breathe fresh air, hear bird song and feel the breeze in their fur? Then Omlet’s Outdoor Cat Run might be the best gift they have ever received. This run provides a fully secure and escape proof space for the cat to enjoy, fits all types of gardens or patios, and is big enough for your friend to spend time together with their cat outside in the sunshine.
Buy the cat run, now with 10% off in our Star Buys!