Holidays are memorable and enjoyable for everyone, including your pets. Easter is coming soon, so you’re probably busy collecting wonderful treats and preparing delicious meals. However, while doing so, be sure not to forget about the furry member of your family.
Children get personalized Easter baskets to enjoy during the Easter holiday, so why not pets? Decorating a DIY Easter basket filled with their favorite things is a great way to make your pet feel special. Moreover, it’s simple, easy, and even cost-effective. In this article, we will walk you through how to make DIY Easter baskets for pets, including ideas for toys and treats.
What Are Easter Baskets for Pets?
You’re probably familiar with traditional Easter baskets for children filled with treats and other goodies. Watching kids participate in Easter egg hunts is a joyful experience filled with excitement and cheer. Just like kids, pets enjoy treats and goodies, too! Witnessing your pet’s excitement when you give them their Easter basket will provide you with great joy.
What to Avoid
Before deciding what you want to include in your pet’s DIY Easter basket, here are some things you to avoid to prevent any unwanted or dangerous situations:
Chocolate can be harmful to many pets, including dogs and cats. Chocolate contains theobromine, which can be lethal to many animals by disrupting their metabolic system. When putting together your pet’s DIY Easter basket, opt for their favorite treat or snack.
2. Plastic Eggs
Adding plastic Easter eggs to your pet’s basket can be dangerous. Many pets, especially young ones, love to chew on everything. Pieces of these plastic eggs could get caught in their throat or, worse, create a blockage in their stomach. Opt for hard-boiled eggs if you’re set on adding eggs to your pet’s DIY Easter basket. You can even use food- and animal-safe dyes to make them colorful.
3. Fake Grass
While fake grass can make the basket look more appealing, it can be dangerous for your pet’s health. If your pet swallows fake grass, it can get stuck in its digestive system, resulting in a trip to the vet.
Six Ideas for DIY Easter Baskets for Pets
What you want to include in your pet’s DIY Easter basket is up to you. However, here is a list of some suggestions:
1. A Pet-Safe Basket
When putting together a DIY Easter basket for your pets, use a pet-safe basket of your choice. There are many baskets to choose from, but beware that your furry friend can’t hurt themselves by chewing on it.
2. Easter Bunny Collar
A colorful Easter-inspired collar is perfect for your pet to celebrate the holiday, especially if they’re not fond of dressing up in costumes. Opt for a collar with a bell for an added air of excitement.
3. Carob Candy
Chocolate bunnies are a staple for any Easter basket. However, since chocolate is toxic for most pets, opt for a carob treat instead. Carob is a suitable replacement since it doesn’t include theobromine or caffeine, which are harmful to dogs and cats. Better yet, carob is naturally sweet!
4. Cute Animal Plushies
Cute and snuggly animal plushies are a great way to complement Easter baskets. Some Easter-familiar stuffed toys include chicks, bunnies, or baby ducks.
5. Easter Eggs
Easter and eggs pair nicely, and pets love them. Include some hard-boiled eggs in their basket with or without shells. You can also decorate the eggs using pet-safe dyes.
6. Delicious Treats
Both kids and pets love delicious treats. Grab some of your pet’s favorite cookies, treats, or snacks in your pet’s DIY Easter basket. If you can find them, Egg-shaped treats are another great addition to the holiday.
How to Assemble DIY Easter Baskets for Pets
Before adding any goodies to your pet’s DIY Easter basket, you may wish to add some decorative holiday flare. To do this, feel free to decorate the basket with colorful ribbons or bows. However, if you do so, ensure that your pet doesn’t chew on or swallow any of these decorations. In addition, you may choose to put your pet’s name on their basket to make it extra special.
Next comes the stuffing. Traditionally, you would add colorful confetti or tissue paper to stuff the basket. Instead, stuff your pet’s basket with an Easter-themed blanket that they can nap on later.
Finally, add the collar, treats, cookies, or other goodies to your pet’s Easter basket. Rearrange them until everything is perfect. Now you’ve got the perfect DIY Easter basket for your furry friend!
Fun Easter Activities for Pets
Here are some fun activities you can enjoy with your pets this Easter:
1. Easter Egg Hunt
To celebrate the holiday, plan an Easter egg hunt for your pet. Depending on the weather, you may choose to do this outdoors or indoors. We recommend opting for hard-boiled eggs rather than plastic eggs, as mentioned earlier.
To prepare for the Easter egg hunt, stuff a couple of your pet’s favorite treats into the hard-boiled eggs and scatter them around your yard or home. Remember, they should be within your pet’s reach, so avoid placing them on furniture or high places. Consider scattering egg-shaped biscuits around instead for cats or other pets who might be disinterested in hard-boiled eggs.
Finally, let your pet loose to hunt down all the scattered treats. Get them excited by engaging with them in a light, cheery tone.
2. Plan an Easter Photo Shoot
Another way to celebrate the festive holiday with your pet would be to plan an Easter-themed photo shoot. Use Easter decorative items to create your preferred theme. You and your pet (if they’re comfortable with it) can even wear costumes!
3. Go For a Picnic
If the weather permits, you can plan an Easter-inspired picnic. This is an exciting activity for you, your pet, and the whole family. Pack Easter-inspired snacks for you and your loved ones and pet-safe goodies for your furry friend.
When creating DIY Easter baskets for pets, include Easter-themed collars, delicious treats, pet-safe Easter eggs, and adorable Easter-related plush toys. Most importantly, avoid chocolate, plastic eggs, and fake grass, as these can be harmful to your furry pal. In addition, feel free to plan Easter activities for you and your pet, including an Easter egg hunt or photoshoot!