2020 has been quite the unconventional year, causing more people to turn to their four-legged and furry friends to avoid feelings of isolation. This turned out to be a great option, as we looked to our pets for companionship when social distancing and regulations around social gatherings made us cancel plans with human family and friends. Because of this, some might even say 2020 was the year of the pet. But that trend won’t stop any time soon.
With guidelines for 2021 still up in the air, the pandemic raging, and no true end date to shutdowns and restrictions in some places, many people are opting for new or additional pets. From pet rescue missions to remote jobs meaning people have more time for new animals, 2021 is gearing up to be another pet-friendly year. If you’re a pet person and are looking to spoil your new pup, gecko, or rabbit, or even in the market for a gift for your faithful pal to ring the new year in, read on.
Pet Accessories Top Holiday Lists
In 2020, pet accessories topped consumers’ online shopping lists. Whether it was because people were home and taking their pets outside more often, or simply that people wanted to treat their furry friend during a hard year, sales trends made it clear that people are as crazy as ever about their pets. And in spite of a pandemic, pet accessory sales don’t show any signs of slowing down for the upcoming year.
The perfect dog harness with handle, for example, could be exactly what you and your dog need to avoid those extra quarantine or shutdown pounds. A great harness will be lightweight so that it won’t pull on your dog’s neck. Also, look for a harness that’s made of durable material strong enough for those long car rides to the park. Better still, the walking exercise could pay off for both of you.
Whether you have a small dog, big dog, lizard, or cat, it’s always fun to shop for them and the variety of choices in pet accessories and must haves has never been better. From harnesses and leashes in different colors, to adjustable straps, breathable mesh, and even reflective material to keep your pet safe, the choices are limitless. For this reason and many more, 2021 will be another year of online searches for that perfect water bowl or reptile terrarium.
In 2021, expect to see more interest in exotic pets too. Easily moved from homes to apartments or even brought to the in-laws for multi generational and economic-friendly living, reptiles like geckos are becoming popular for people who are at home more often. The gargoyle gecko is merely one example. These funky pets require special lightening and the perfect living environment but can be as rewarding as any other pet store friend. Gargoyle gecko care is best suited for a ten gallon plastic tank and will require more of a learning curve and pet supply equipment than the average pet. But proper care can mean your adult geckos live as long as any large dog.
If thinking about a reptile friend to ring in the new year, you’ll want to look at choices for low wattage lighting, a thermometer, a container for food and bedding storage, a tank top screen, and water feeding system before you get started. Known to escape their manmade habitats, it’ll be important to do your research before taking on a reptile pet no matter which breed you select. But the reward will be worth it.
Mental Health Benefits
There are major mental health benefits to owning a pet. From the companionship they offer to the fact that, for some, pets give them purpose, our animal friends will play an important role in what pulls us into the future. Our co workers, best friends, and sometimes only family members in the home, they matter now more than ever. Whether you’re a dog owner, breeder, or just someone looking for a good choice on reptile habitat foliage, investing in accessories for your pet or even considering getting one will be something you’ll thank yourself for in the year to come.