Calling All Party Animals!

Petco™ Shares Ways to Include Pets in Holiday Get-togethers

Dec 04, 2012, 17:26 ET from Petco

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- While most people are gallivanting off to company parties, cookie exchanges, and soirees with friends and family during the holidays, Petco™ is encouraging not only humans to be the life of the party, but pets too. Pets have always been an integral part of the family, so why not celebrate with them as the holidays roll around? Turn any furry friend into a party animal with these fun holiday tips and products that ensure anyone can throw a pet-friendly bash.


Party Prep: Before any good party, the host or hostess has to prepare the house to guarantee guests with two or four legs have a blast. Upon arrival, guests typically prefer to be greeted by pets rather than by their odor. Prior to the party, make sure litter boxes are clean and the yard is free of dog waste. The Litter Genie is the perfect pre-party prepper; it captures cat litter clumps and seals in waste and odors, ensuring the house smells fresh, not foul when guests arrive.

Holiday Decor: With mistletoe, menorahs and other merry decorations hung for two-legged party guests, there's plenty of pet decor to complement the holiday style. For feline friends, hide Reindeer Mice around the house to keep kitties entertained. Dogs will dance with delight when they see Petco brand Holiday Stockings hanging from the mantle. These stockings are even decorated with small paws to make Fido feel right at home. It's also a good idea to have dog toys in a variety of sizes and styles to ensure all pets, big and small, young and old, are equally satisfied. Plus, Petco brand Holiday Dog Toys are so cute and cuddly; they'll help brighten up the mood at any party!

Look the Part: While pet parents need only take a short drive to the local department store to find their perfect outfit, stylish pets need fashionista advice of their own. With 63 percent of dog owners and 58 percent of cat owners expected to buy a holiday gift for their pet this year, spoil them early with a new outfit for all the fun. Perhaps it's playful pet antlers to get them in the spirit or take things up a notch with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus costumes for dogs. Petco also carries a variety of posh Holiday Sweaters so any pet can find their perfect ensemble. For the jokester, there's even an "ugly sweater" for the popular theme parties.

Festive Feast: It may be tempting to sneak pets a holiday snack or cookie from the table, but people food is for people. Whether hosting or attending a holiday party with pets, bring along some festive treats that will keep pets healthy and happy. Merrick makes a gorgeous holiday sausage platter that is made with natural ingredients so dogs can celebrate with a special snack all to their own. Healthy cats will love Kitty Garden: healthy, edible grass in a vintage-inspired wooden planter. The four flavors: barley, rye, oats and wheat not only look great, but help a cat's digestion and prevent hairballs. While adults may indulge in a little eggnog, keep pets hydrated with Drinkwell's Lotus Pet Fountain. It provides a stylish and convenient supply of fresh, filtered water and is easy to clean post party.

Leave a Lasting Impression: Perhaps it's sending guests off with a fun party favor or giving the hostess with the mostest a "thank you" gift, but leaving a lasting impression is a must during the season of giving. Bringing Petco's Holiday Boxed Dog Toy Sets to a party ensures the four-legged recipient will be one happy dog. These prepackaged sets come with an assortment of dog toys and are perfect for the procrastinator! Send guests home with a Squeaker Bottle Buddy, which easily turns an old plastic water bottle into a squeaker toy for hours of fun for dogs, plus recycling plastic bottles into toys means it's planet-friendly and is sure to make an impression.

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Petco is a leading pet specialty retailer that provides the products, services and advice that make it easier for our customers to be great pet parents. Everything we do is guided by our vision for Healthier Pets. Happier People. Better World. We operate more than 1,200 stores nationwide, including more than 50 Unleashed by Petco locations, a smaller format neighborhood shop, and The Petco Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization, has raised more than $100 million since it was created in 1999 to help promote and improve the welfare of companion animals. In conjunction with the Foundation, we work with and support approximately 8,000 local animal welfare groups across the country to help find homes for more than 250,000 animals through in-store adoption events every year.

Mia West