Easter fun with pets
Yummy treat hunts, dress ups and outdoor fun – there’s so much to love about Easter! This year, why not include your furry family members with some pet-friendly activities?
If you’re looking for some inspiration for pet-friendly Easter ideas, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve done the research for you… from fun activities to festive treats to special Easter gifts for your dog or cat. And if you enjoy dressing your fur baby up – and he or she is happy to go along with it – Easter is the purr-fect opportunity! Don’t forget to take some snaps!
Easter egg hunt
Easter isn’t complete without an egg hunt, so put your pet’s superior sense of smell to work with a challenging and stimulating Easter scent search. Depending on the weather, you can set up a scent hunt indoors or outside in the yard. Just make sure that there are no chocolate eggs left behind by the human hunters.
So, chocolate is a definite no-no for your pet’s scent hunt, but why not go for the real deal instead? Eggs are a nutritional powerhouse and an important source of protein and other key nutrients. Simply hard-boil a couple of eggs, remove the shells, cut the eggs into chunks, and place these inside some small boxes, plastic eggs or other containers. Then ‘hide’ these around the yard or living room for your pet to find. You can have your pet hunt for some their favourite foods or special Easter treats – we recommend the range from Pet Partner Huds and Toke (see our favourites below).
Depending on your pet’s interest and expertise, you can make the hunt more challenging by closing the lids of the boxes and/or by hiding the treats in trickier spots. Be sure to supervise your pet during the search, giving lots of encouragement, praise and assistance if needed.
Easter can be a dangerous time for your pet because of the increased risk of ingesting chocolate, which is harmful to dogs and cats. The Animal Poisons Hotline includes chocolate in its list of the most common animal poisons. If you suspect your pet has consumed chocolate or any other toxins, please contact your veterinarian or the Animal Poisons Helpline on 1300 TOX PET immediately.
Easter Cookie Mix Dog Treats
This 3-piece pack of cute Easter Cookie Mix Dog Treats from Pet Partner Huds and Toke is designed for dogs. Made with a tasty nutty crunchy base and frosted with a low-fat yoghurt frosting, the cookies are hard baked for increased chew time. But don’t stop there; be sure to check out the entire range of Easter dog treats from Huds and Toke.
And if your furry family member is a feline, they needn’t be left out – Huds and Toke also have a selection of 100% Australian made Cat Treats, including Chicken Breast Cat Treat, Fish Nibble Cat Treat, Tuna Fish Pet Treats and Little Fish Pet Treats.
Easter clothing and dress ups for pets
Whether it’s a family tradition to dress up for Easter, or a fun photo opportunity, why not include your pet? If they don’t take kindly to being dressed, try distracting them with treats while you sneakily slip them into the outfit.
If you’re reluctant to spend time and money on an outfit that your pet might refuse to wear, immediately wriggle out of, or simply rip off, you can always try your hand at a cheap and easy DIY. For example, in just a few minutes you can whip up some pipe cleaner bunny ears or no-sew bunny ears, or you can purchase a piece of Easter-themed fabric to create your own festive bandanas or bow ties. If DIY isn’t for you, here are some gorgeous Easter wearables from Australian retailers.
Dog Bunny Ears
Turn your pet into the Easter bunny with these cute and fluffy Dog Bunny Ears from Pet Partner DoggyTopia. The fabric ears are attached to an adjustable headband and the elastic has a lot of stretch. Available in size S/M and M/L. Perfect for Easter photos and fun!
Chicken & Egg Kitty Cudde Costume
This may just be the purr-fect (and cutest) Easter dress up for you and your cat! The Kitty Cuddle Costume from Archie McPhee is a set of two felt hats – a chicken for you and an egg for kitty. One size fits most hoomans and felines. Available from Pet Partner Illawarra Cat Rescue Support Shop, a not-for-profit that uses shop proceeds and donations to provide funding for local cat rescue organisations and carers.
Hoodie Dog Jumper with Easter Bunny embroidery
If you’re looking for a practical clothing item with an Easter theme, this Dog Hoodie Jumper with Easter Bunny Embroidery from Pet Partner Big and Little Dogs will have you – and your pooch – jumping for joy. Made from a super-soft poly-cotton blend, it’s available in sizes S to XXL, comes in a gorgeous range of colours and is custom-embroidered with a choice of bunny colour. Other features include a slit to attach the leash and a back pocket to hold small items you need to take with you.
Egg Design Adjustable Pet Collar
How cute is this Egg Design Adjustable Pet Collar from Pet Partner PawPawUp? With four egg styles to choose from, it’s made from quality poly-cotton, contains a safety buckle and is adjustable to fit cats and small dogs with neck sizes from 17 to 33 cm.
Easter Cat and Dog Collar Neck Ties with Diamantes
These cute Easter Cat and Dog Collar Neck Ties with Diamantes will add some colour and sparkle to your celebration! Available in one size to fit neck of 20 to 40 cm, or can be clipped to the collar for larger dogs. Available from Pet Partner Huds and Toke.
Easter pet presents
When it comes to “spoiling” our pets, toys are far from a frivolous purchase. A favourite toy can provide hours of entertainment and stimulation, keeping them busy while you are away from home or occupied with other things. However, even the best toys can become boring and stale, so it’s worth investing in some new ones from time to time.
If you’re keen on mental enrichment for pets, some toys are in a class of their own, and we’ve found a select few that would make great Easter presents.
Specially for dogs
Easter Egg Enrichment Ball and Duck Rope Toy
Made from non-toxic natural rubber, this hollow Egg Enrichment Ball from Pet Partner DoggyTopia is great for interactive play and will keep your pet mentally stimulated. Perfect for your Easter Egg hunt, simply place kibble or treats into the diamond shaped holes and hide it under a pillow, inside a box or under a flower bush for your pooch to sniff out!
Longidudes Extra Long Plush Squeaker Rabbit
This charming Longidudes Extra Long Plush Squeaker Rabbit is available from Pet Partner Bells Dog World. Durably constructed and designed to provide long-lasting entertainment, it contains three large squeakers and crinkly paper. At an extra-long 75 cm, it’s great for interactive play like tugging and shaking.
Easter Nylon Bunny
The Easter Nylon Bunny from Pet Partner Rover Pet Products is both a primary enrichment toy and a tough chew toy. Made from strong nylon that can withstand power chewers, it’s hollow, so can be stuffed with food and treats. A fabulous Easter gift for adult dogs that will last for ages!
Ricochet Electronic Dog Toys
Perfect for dogs who love squeaky toys, this set of paired”egg-shaped” Ricochet Electronic Doy Toys from Pet Partner PetSafe will make playtime fun and stimulating. When your dog plays with one toy, the other toy squeaks when up to 9 metres away. Throughout playtime, the sound switches between the toys to keep your dog alert and engaged. Durable enough for intense play, you can play an interactive game of hide and “squeak” with your dog or they can be used for self-play while you’re away (they stay active for up to an hour before they automatically shut off).
Specially for cats
Catnip Cat Toy – Chick In Yellow Skirt
The Chick In Yellow Skirt Catnip Cat Toy by Purroom is made of biodegradable fibre and infused with catnip. The irresistible scent of catnip will intrigue your furry friend, and may keep him or her entertained for hours. A perfect Easter gift for felines, it’s available from Pet Partner Illawarra Cat Rescue Support Shop, a not-for-profit that uses shop proceeds and donations to provide funding for local cat rescue organisations and carers.
Large ‘Jingle Ball’ Cat Toy
A jingling bell may seem more suited to Christmas, but we couldn’t resist adding this Large ‘Jingle Ball’ Cat Toy from Pet Partner Pet Obsessed to our Easter gifts list! Highly engaging to cats, this durable ball makes jingly noises when it moves and has shaped cut-outs that are enticing for inquisitive paws. It measures 10 cm and is available in a choice of pink or blue.
ZeZe Cluck Cat Scratching Post and Cat Bed
This hen and egg themed ZeZe Cluck Cat Scratching Post and Cat Bed from Pet Partner PawPawUp is the ultimate Easter gift for your kitty. The bed is made from premium fleece for cosy comfort, the egg-shaped scratching post is made from natural sisal, and the hanging chicken claws contain catnip for bonus allure and entertainment. What more could any kitty want?
DIY Fun and Games with an Easter flavour
- Purchase a bag of hollow coloured plastic eggs or food dispenser balls and fill them with small objects that will make rattling noises when your pet bats them around on the floor. Or use them for your pet’s Easter egg hunt by filling them with some favourite treats and/or pet food.
- Wrap some treats or a toy in Easter wrapping paper and let your pet open the present and find the prizes inside. Some pets might also enjoy playing with the paper and the rustling sound it makes.
- Use an empty egg carton to create a puzzle feeder – simply portion your pet’s normal meal, or a few treats, into each of the 6 or 12 compartments. Cover the individual compartments with “lids” made from plastic egg halves. You can also close the lid of the egg box and let your pet work out how to open it.
- Tie a string to a toy bunny or chicken and pull it around the room or garden, simulating the movements of “prey” for your pet to stalk (this one is very popular with cats!). You could also attach the toy to a toy fishing rod and dangle it above his or her head, just out of reach. Watch your pet jump and bounce around while attempting to catch the toy. Allow him or her to catch and “kill” the toy from time to time to prevent frustration!
- Turn a ping-pong ball into a fun, feline Easter activity by decorating it (if you are artistically inclined) and then simply toss it against the floor or wall for your cat to attempt to catch or have a swipe at. (Suitable for smaller animals who won’t be able to swallow the ball).
- Play hide-and-seek with your dog, family members and some Easter treats. Have your dog stay out of sight with one family member, who counts out loud from one to ten. Meanwhile, other family members take consecutive turns to hide, while holding a treat, in various places around the home. Bring your dog back in and say “Where’s ____!” If help is needed, you can lead your pooch around with a leash while giving encouragement and/or pointing to areas to to explore. When your dog finds the hidden person, be sure to reward with lots of praise and, of course, the treat.
Note: don’t leave your pet unsupervised with toys (including plastic eggs) which might be shredded and/or eaten.
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