A Pet-Friendly Holiday
By Marcella Escarfuller
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The holidays can be stressful for us humans, but what about our pets? We get so caught up in prepping for the festivities that we often forget to help our furry friends adjust to all the extra activity. Here, some tips on making the holidays stress-free for your pets:
Give them a familiar environment
Make sure you have a designated area for your pet. Play soft music or keep the TV going on low volume to help them drown out the holiday commotion. Giving them a place to retreat to will help them feel comforted and safe.
Keep them distracted
Leave plenty of toys scattered around to keep them distracted. Smear some peanut butter inside a Kong toy or place a few treats inside an interactive feeder. The promise of plenty of play and a yummy snack will always keep them happy.
Remember to pay attention to their behavior. If your cat or dog seems to be acting out of character, give them some extra attention and TLC. Chances are, they‘re feeling insecure and need reassurance. Some one-on-one time may be just what they need.
This holiday season, while spending time with family and friends, don‘t forget to include your pets. Introduce them to the celebration gradually and watch for signs of anxiety. They may feel stressed at times, but as long as you give them a safe place, keep them occupied, and remind them you love them, they‘ll enjoy the holidays as much as everyone else.