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Preparing Your Cats and Dogs for the Holidays
Around the holidays, houses often fill with additional family members and friends. This added commotion can create a crowded, noisy atmosphere that can be overwhelming for your dog and cat, adding more stress to an already stressful time. Below are some ways to protect your pets during this nerve-wracking season, hopefully filling your holidays with more cheer than stress for you and your pets.
Holiday Stress Reduction Guide for Dogs and Cats
Here are some ways of protecting your pet from the stress and many hazards of the holiday season.
- Give Your Pets Their Own Space.
To combat the season’s stress, you may want to give your pet its own quiet space to retreat to, complete with fresh water and a place to lounge. Particularly frightened pets may want to hide under furniture, in their carrier, or in a separate room away from the chaos.
- Inform Your Guests.
If your pet is skittish around strangers, it is also a good idea to make your guests aware that your pet may not be open to visits from strangers. Never force your pets to interact with people they do not know, especially with children if they are not used to interacting with them. This will help keep your cat and dog from having to fend off unwelcome advances from well-intentioned friends and family.
- Protect Your Pets with Proper Identification.
Pet escapes rise during the time of year when there are many guests in the house. Remember to keep an eye on the entrances and exits of your home, making sure your cat and dog don’t get the opportunity to escape. Also, be sure your pets are microchipped, that their information is up-to-date, and that they are fitted with collars and tags.
- Stay on Schedule (as much as possible).
Though it may not be easy, do your best to keep your pets’ schedules intact. Even the most minor changes in the daily routine can create anxiety in some cats and dogs, so be sure to try and keep feeding times, regular exercising, and all other aspects of your pets’ daily routines as on-schedule as possible.
Need More Information?
If you have any more questions about keeping your pets safe and healthy during the holidays, and all other times of the year, feel free to browse our Pet Health Resource Library, our Nutrition and Behavior centers, or consult with your local veterinarian to discuss your pets’ safety, and how an Optimum Wellness Plan® can help keep your canine and feline families together and healthy through this and many holidays to come.
You can also get more tips for an easier holiday with your pets by checking out some of the articles below: