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Christmas gifts for pets are more common than ever

Trisha Clark at A1 Pet Emporium said business has been brisk this holiday season.
BY MATT PATTERSON Modified: December 17, 2012 at 7:09 pm •  Published: December 15, 2012

Lorrie Burt-Corbin has been shopping for Christmas gifts for her son and daughter and numerous relatives scattered around Oklahoma and Texas.

She's also spent time and money finding the perfect gifts for the family pets that include Jax, a 6-year-old Boxer, and Baron, the family's newly adopted kitten named after the Oklahoma City Barons hockey team.

A poll last year found that 63 percent of dog owners and 58 percent of cat owners gave Christmas gifts to their pets.

Burt-Corbin got Baron a Kitty Condo which allows him to climb in and out of different compartments and includes a scratching post.

Jax, who spends his spare time figuring out ways to eat peppers out of the family garden, is getting a new bed, a couple of chew bones and some treats. Jax even likes to unwrap his presents on his own.

“We do it because they're part of the family and they would probably feel left out if we didn't get them something,” she said.

Burt-Corbin has seen the range of reactions from friends and family when she talks about getting Christmas gifts for her pets.

“If they are animal people, it's not a surprise to them and they think it's cute and then they tell me what they're getting their pets,” she said. “If they are not animal people, they look at you like you are crazy.”

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