Enjoying the Holidays with Your Animal Friends

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The holiday season is upon us, and as we gather with family and friends to celebrate, let’s not forget our four-legged companions who bring so much joy to our lives. Including your pets in the holiday festivities can make the season even more special. From festive treats to creative activities, here’s a guide to ensure that you and your furry friends have a positively delightful holiday season together.

Use Pet-Friendly Decorations

When decorating your home, consider the well-being of your dogs and cats. Opt for pet-friendly decorations that won’t pose a hazard to curious noses and wagging tails. Avoid using tinsel on your Christmas tree, which can be harmful if ingested, and opt for pet-safe ornaments that won’t shatter if they’re bumped or jostled. Secure decorations to prevent accidental knockdowns that could lead to injuries. 

If you happen to adorn your home with holiday plants, take a moment to make sure that the decorations you’re choosing happen to be safe for your animal friends.

Offer Some Pet-Safe Treats

In addition to the people food you plan to serve, consider treating your pets to special holiday goodies. Many pet supply stores offer festive treats that are cat and dog-friendly, so check out your local store to see what’s in stock.

Alternatively, you can whip up some homemade treats using pet-safe ingredients. Just be careful to avoid ingredients like chocolate, onions, and raisins. Sharing in the tasty festivities of the season provides an excellent way to enjoy the holidays with pets. Remember to involve your pets in the joy of mealtime by creating a designated space for their holiday feast, complete with festive bowls and perhaps a special holiday-themed toy for added fun.

Create Pet-Friendly Spaces

The holidays can be just as overwhelming for pets as they are for people at times, so it’s a good idea to provide your pets with comfortable spaces they can retreat to when they need a break from the festivities. Try to set up a quiet, low-traffic space for your furry friends, complete with their bedding, toys, and a soft blanket that will bring them comfort during times they need to rest. Consider using soothing scents to create a calming atmosphere in their retreat space. Offering a familiar environment amid the holiday hustle and bustle ensures your pets feel secure and content.

Head Outside with Your Pet

One excellent way to enjoy the holidays with pets is to take part in some wintery activities. If the weather permits, take advantage of the outdoor scenery and engage in some pet-friendly fun and games outside. Whether you’re going for a short stroll through a winter wonderland or playing a few games of fetch in the snow, these moments will create lasting memories for both you and your pets. Should the outdoors be particularly cold, don’t forget to bundle your animal companion in a coat or sweater. Additionally, consider organizing a festive pet playdate with other furry friends to add a social element to their holiday experience.

Make Memories with Photos

One of the most common things people do during holiday gatherings is capture memories through picture-taking. If you’re spending the holidays with pets, get them in on the fun as well. For particularly memorable photos, you might want to dress your pets in their holiday sweaters, which will add to the theme of your photo shoot. Be sure to capture various images of your four-legged friends enjoying the holidays, as the memories you make will warm your heart for years to come.

Make Pet Safety a Priority for Travel

If you’re planning to travel in order to see family members and friends, it’s important to consider pet safety when you’re getting ready for your journey. Taking your pet with you during your holiday travels can be incredibly rewarding, but certain safety measures need to be taken into account for the best possible outcomes. For example, it’s a good idea to travel with your pet in either a carrier or a harness so that they can’t freely move about your vehicle. Be sure to bring all of their essentials like food, medications, and bedding.

As you immerse yourself in the holiday spirit, remember to extend the joy you experience to your pets. By incorporating these tips into your celebrations, you’ll not only ensure their safety but also create cherished moments that make the holiday season truly magical for every member of your family, furry or otherwise. Here’s to a season filled with love, laughter, and lots of tail wags!

About The Author

Katherine Carbonaro Kat lives in a spooky house surrounded by farmland in Hillsborough, NC, and couldn't be happier! Her two beloved cats, MeNow and Mr. Bumbles were both bottle-fed and raised by her. Huxley, her faithful companion, is estimated to be around 16 years old but still enjoys his daily mile-long walks and occasional hikes, a testament to the power of proper nutrition. Long live Neighborhood Pet!