Whether it’s a birthday, the holidays, or any occasion where your fur baby deserves a gift, these nontoxic gifts for pets are healthy and fun. This list is broken out by cats and dogs, but some of these brands make accessories for all types of animals.
Table of contents
- Why Give Nontoxic Pet Gifts?
- Eco-Friendly Gifts for Dogs
- Eco-Friendly Gifts for Cats
Why Give Nontoxic Pet Gifts?
As a responsible pet owner, you know how important it is to make sure your pet gets enough exercise and eats healthy, biologically appropriate food. But some people don’t realize the effects pet accessories can have on their health.
Pets are similar to children. Their small bodies are especially susceptible to the toxins in our homes and environment. If you sleep on a mattress made from natural materials, why would you let you pet breathe toxic off-gassing fumes for hours during the day and night? The same goes for chew toys and accessories.
Most of these gifts fall into one or more of the following categories: healthy, eco-friendly, non-toxic, or Fair Trade and ethically made.
Eco-Friendly Gifts for Dogs
I have cats, but let me tell you why dogs are first on this list. After doing tons of Google search homework over the years, I’ve found that dog owners ask many of the same questions as parents of new human babies.
Even some keyword research on cat food often returns questions like, “What if my dog eats cat food?”
So, this data plus all the memes that say things like, “We prepped for months to adopt our puppy. This cat crawled out of a dumpster and adopted us” told me that dog gifts should come first.
Toxin Free Enrichment Toy
This toy’s soft, nontoxic fabric is soft and gentle on your dog’s mouth. Works like an enrichment toy, treats can be hidden in the knots so your dog can work to unknot them for the reward.
You can get creative in making various shapes like a pretzel, a boating knot, a tossing ball or a tug of war rope.
Cloth Squeaky Bone
Made in the USA and stuffed with eco-friendly fibers, this doggy toy is absolutely adorable. There are other matching accessories like a bandana, bow tie collar, and more.
Handwoven Pet Bed Basket
Handwoven by artisans in Ghana and made from natural elephant grass and dyes, this beautiful basket is comforting for you pet and lovely in your home.
Comes with a plush, fitted cushion your pet will love to snuggle down into.
Elevated Pet Feeder
When it comes to eco-friendly gifts for pets, wood and other natural materials are safer and generally kinder to the planet. Plus it’s always green to shop small during the holidays.
This sleek and stylish wooden pet feeding station can be personalized with your pet’s name.
Ultra Plush Organic Pet Bed
Just like humans, animals shouldn’t spend hours at a time breathing in toxins from conventional foam beds or mattresses. Naturepedic’s GOTS certified organic pet beds containt no polyurethane foam or flame retardants. Organic cotton fabric and organic approved latex provide a natural and luxurious place for your pet to rest safely and comfortably.
Natural Hemp Dog Collar
Handmade from natural hemp fabric with a metal buckle, you can customize this collar with your pet’s name, your phone number, or other information. The durable metal side release buckle makes the collar easy to put on and take off. The heavy-duty metal D-ring attaches to a leash. Comes in several cute color options.
Bamboo Pet Brush
Brushing your pet often is a great way to reduce dander and allergens in the home. Bamboo is renewable, making it a great eco-friendly pet gift. And this durable de-matting brush is an effective grooming tool. The soft pin brush side stimulates blood flow and spreads natural oils to create a shiny, healthy coat.
Eco-Friendly Gifts for Cats
I’ve had a cat for pretty much my whole life. My childhood pet lived to be 19 years old. They’ve always been strays or kittens from the mama cat of someone I know. My current kitties (two beautiful fuzzy grays) came with our neighborhood.
They eat grain-free food and homemade kefir. But I can’t get them to eat healthy treats. They only like Whiskers brand from the grocery store. So, I’ve decided to let them have a little junk food in moderation.
I take the same approach to their toys. Our giant boy Felix has an impressive feather collection that I’ve curated for him from countless walks in our neighborhood, the woods, and the beach. His favorites are pelican feathers because they’re so big.
But they don’t only have completely natural toys. Their favorite toy right now is this jellyfish wand catnip toy. I even bought backups because they love it so much.
So with that in mind, here’s our list of toys and gifts for cats that are mostly nontoxic and eco-friendly.
Handmade from premium felt wool, this cat cave is the perfect hideaway for your fur baby. It will hold cats up to 8 kg or 17 lbs. With a unique top knot design, this felted cat bed not only offers a cozy sleeping space but also doubles as a stylish piece of pet furniture. The opening can be stretched a bit if needed.
Our male cat gets jealous when his sister gets more attention or snags a cozy spot. One time she was asleep inside the cave, and he pounced on top, trapping her inside. So, maybe get two if you have competitive cats!
Stylish Litter Box Enclosure
Hide pet supplies, kitty litter, or your kitty’s toys inside this cute storage box. It blends in with the rest of your home and is easy to use with plenty of roomy access to whatever you keep inside.
Your kitty can scratch and play for hours on this large natural sisal mat. It promotes healthy scratching habits for all cats and includes a catnip fortune cookie toy.
Scatterballs are great fun for cats. These are handmade and completely adorable. There’s an option with catnip too.
Cat Window Seat
Let your kitty bask in the sun and enjoy the view outside. My cats have one and it’s plenty sturdy for our jumbo boy. It says it holds up to 50 pounds so if your cats like to cuddle, they can share it.
A great alternative for cats that keep trying to eat your house plants. This cute grass garden produces safe, organic grasses.
Made from 30% recycled and 100% recyclable cardboard, this award winning maze will keep cats entertained for hours.