Do you celebrate your pet’s birthday or “gotcha” day?

If you do, you’re not alone.

According to a study by the Psychology Today, 81% of pet owners know their pets’ birthday, and 77% have celebrated by buying their pet a present.

If you have wanted to in the past, but didn’t know how to, then you’re in luck for this year. We have put together a list of our top four ways to celebrate a pet’s birthday or gotcha day.

If you are looking at this strangely and thinking “gotcha day…” what’s that?

It is the day you got your pet and many who adopt, and don’t shop (which we of course recommend), don’t know their pet’s birthday. It is still cause for a great celebration.

Make Pet-Friendly Cakes or Treats

You can show your furry friend a little extra love on their special day by giving them an extra special treat!

Check out your ice cream shop or local stores to see if you can buy a lactose free ice cream puppy cone, such as a Frosty Paw, or a pupcake.

If you’re interested in making it from scratch, make sure to avoid these dangerous “human” foods typical in cakes:

  • Cherries
  • Chocolate
  • Lactose Ice Cream
  • White, All-Purpose Flour


Instead, use some of these healthier and safer alternatives.

For cake ingredients, use:

  • Seedless Apples
  • Carrots
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Pumpkins


For frosting, try

  • Peanut Butter
  • Pumpkin or Sweet Potato Puree
  • Applesauce
  • Low Sugar Yogurt


Here are some recipes to try:


If you do try out one of the recipes above, be sure to let us know how your pet likes it!

Throw a Party

When it comes to animals, the more might not be the merrier.

Instead, we recommend a small and intimate gathering of friends your pet is familiar and comfortable with.

Make sure the party is supervised by you and the other pet owners, especially if there are lots of animals.

Let Your Pet Pick Out a Gift

If there is a pet store in your area that allows pets inside, take your pet there before or on their birthday.

Let your pet roam up and down the aisles and allow them to pick out their own gift. (Make sure to hit all the aisles before getting a gift so your pet doesn’t get buyer’s remorse.)

If your pet likes to play with paper, you can also let your pet unwrap their own gift. They might enjoy that more than the gift itself!

Pamper Your Pet

This may be obvious, since you probably pamper your pet most days, but you should be sure to spoil your pet!

How to spoil them depends a lot on what they, but here are some notable ways to spoil pets:

  • Extra hugs and cuddles
  • An extra-long walk
  • Homemade meals
  • Clean and warm blankets or bedding
  • Catnip treats or peanut butter Kongs


Do you have any birthday or gotcha day traditions that we don’t have on our list? If so, share them in the comments below!