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More pet owners buying gifts this year

More pet owners buying gifts this year



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SALT LAKE CITY -- More dogs and cats across the country can expect something special under the tree next week. That's because more people are buying presents for their pets this year.

Lynette Small is one of those people. She stopped at the Bountiful Petco to pick up a little something for her cats.

"It's just a little sock with catnip on it so at Christmas we get that," she says.

She's one of 52 percent of pet owners who are buying presents for their furry little friends this year. It was just 43 percent last year.

Even though Linda Baugh has a dog and a cat, she doesn't see the point.

"The kids would like me to, but no. They're like, 'they need something!' But no," she says. "You buy your pets stuff all the time, like food and litter."

Some people are just adding a new bone or chew toy. Others who responded to the AP-Petside.com poll are going all out -- buying new blinged tags, Santa sweaters or candy cane-shaped rawhide chews.

E-mail: mrichards@ksl.com

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