Santa Claus Leaves Presents for Pets, Too

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Christmas isn't just for kids. Retailers will tell you it's also for people's pets.

A recent Associated poll shows that more than half of the pet owners across the country will spend an average $46 on their animals this holiday season. That figure is up $5 from last year.

According to the poll:

  • 68 percent of pets getting gifts can look forward to a toy
  • 45 percent to food or another treat
  • 8 percent new bedding
  • 6 percent clothing
  • 3 percent a leash, collar or harness
  • 3 percent new grooming products.

Some pets will even get more than one gift.

"Christmas is about the pets," said Gayla McCarthy, 58, whose Australian shepherd, Echo, will find a toy under the tree.

Major pet retailers also have also announced big sales for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

The poll was conducted Oct. 13-17. It involved landline and cell phone interviews with 1,118 pet owners. The poll results have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.

--Originally published Nov. 22, 2011. 

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