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As much as sports teams, state lines, and whether celery tastes like soap or not may divide us, our love of pets seems to unite us all just as powerfully.
Which is one reason why millennials are now buying homes with big yards for their dogs and subscription services full of monthly pet toy installments like Barkbox for dogs and KitNipBox for cats exist in harmony.
Thankfully for all of us, a lot of awesome and weird things come out of our devotion to tiny little furry beings, like tiny handmade felt hams filled with catnip, personal carriers that attach to your bike, and cringe-worthy family portraits that are as much a gift to us as they are to our pets.
With that in mind, we’ve rounded up 18 awesome and weird pet gifts to give and get this holiday season.
And if none of the toys below seem exactly right, you can check out our guides for the best holiday gifts for dogs, cats, cat lovers, and when all else fails: the 19 best things we ever bought our pets.
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A pet camera that lets you see and talk to your dog as well as toss them treats when you’re not home.
A behavioral aid snuggle buddy that has a heartbeat and emits heat to mimic the feeling of belonging to a “pack.”
An automatic self-cleaning litter box: a gift for you both.