Furry Friend Birthdays No Folly

Do you fete your dog or cat for their birthday? The pet friendly industry is booming (Americans spent $58 Billion on their pets in 2014), so I was wondering if and how you mark the passing of a birthday for your beloved furry friend.

birthday dog

Photo credit: SimonWhitaker / Foter / CC BY-NC

My parents used to give their dog a pound of raw ground beef that I would decorate with doggie bones. My own dog would love the cake pictured here:

canine cake

Photo credit: TheGiantVermin / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

I tend instead to give her an extra rawhide that day and maybe a squeaky toy with seventeen squeakers to try and excavate from the poor stuffed animal by day’s end.

Feline fun

Photo credit: jfiess / Foter / CC BY

Cats strike me as harder to encourage to embrace any festivities. But this plate would likely help!

Birthday feline

Photo credit: Finn Frode (DK) / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

These birthday treats are not as tasty as ours, but we can still let our furry friends feel the love, right?

Let me know how you celebrate a pet’s birthday. I can’t even think what an iguana owner would do. Does a hamster get an extra special exercise wheel? Do goldfish get extra food? Or do you think marking an animal’s birthday is a crazy idea? Tell me why.


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