Your pet is a member of your family and highly treasured but can experience some anxiety around the holidays when a lot of commotion is going on. There are things you can do to keep your pet calm and make the experience more enjoyable for your pet and guests. Follow these tips for a more festive holiday season.
Create a safe space for your pet to go if they need to escape from the situation to have some peace and quiet, especially if you have a lot of people over that they’re not familiar with. This can be their favorite room, a corner, or in their crate. Keep their toys and something such as a blanket nearby to give them a safe sanctuary.
People are coming and going throughout the day on holidays and get-togethers. Keep your pet in a different room if they’re prone to escaping. It’s bound to happen if someone isn’t pet-savvy and sneaky cats and dogs are quick to sneak out when no one is watching. Let guests know ahead of time about your pet’s success at escaping from the house.
There are so many foods that can be harmful to pets during the holiday season that it is better to just say no to all table food. Let guests know that you don’t want the animals to eat “people” food and ensure that they have their own food if they do get hungry during the festivities.
Don’t forget to give your pet some love during the day. Even if they can’t participate directly in the festivities they are still there and want to be shown your love. Take a few minutes to check up on them and give them a quick pat or rub their belly to reassure them that you’re around and haven’t disappeared completely.
Enjoy the holidays and spend time with friends and family, but don’t forget about your pets. They’re members of the family too and their needs should be kept in mind when you’re planning get-togethers. Following these tips will help keep their anxiety down and make your entire season more enjoyable.