When my cats, Minou and Reine, entered my life about a decade ago, I struggled to find good-looking pet stuff to integrate into my home. But things have changed in ten years and there are now lots of great-looking, well-made, and even eco-friendly options on the market for dogs and cats. Here, a list of gifts that dogs, cats, and their doting owners would appreciate—most from small and independent brands.
Above: This doggie Raincoat from Spanish brand The Painter’s Wife is inspired by the raincoats of fishermen working the Spanish Atlantic coast. Designed to keep your dog’s body and front legs dry, it’s made of a machine-washable PVC and polyester blend; €64.90. Above: This waxed canvas Treat Bag for dogs is handmade in Berlin by Band & Roll. It holds wet and dry treats, has a cotton cord for closure, and can be clipped onto a dog leash or belt loop for easy access on walks; £35.95. Above: From my own brand, Faunamade, which offers high-quality basket beds for cats and small dogs: The Basket Bed in Stripe has a Fair Trade Certified basket made of eco-friendly jute, a washable cushion made in the US, and a durable cover sewn from 100 percent cotton designer fabric; $129. Above: Just ordered for my own cats: Cod Skins, the signature treat from Boston-based Polkadog. Suitable for both dogs and cats, these dehydrated skins are sustainable; they’re byproducts of the wild-caught Alaskan cod used by restaurants and fish markets. And they’re high in omega-3 fatty acids, which have some of the same benefits for dogs and cats as they have for humans, the company notes. $10.99 for 2.5 ounces. Above: From Farmhouse Pottery in Woodstock, Vermont, and printed with the studio’s signature wreath, the Laurel Dog Bowl is safe in the dishwasher and microwave and is heavy enough for use by big dogs; $48 at Food52. Above: In April, cat lover and artist Leah Goren published the book Catlady: A Love Letter to Women and Their Cats. She’s now producing limited-edition prints of paintings from the book and donating 50 percent of proceeds to Orphan Kitten Club, the nonprofit founded by kitten rescuer Hannah Shaw (insider intel: she’s a must-follow on Instagram). Here, a print called “ Comfort“; $180.