HOLIDAY SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR PETS
The holiday season is a time of fun and happiness, but there are many festivities that can be dangerous or stressful for our pets. Here are some tips to keep your furry friends safe and secure while still enjoying your holiday traditions. Enjoy!
BE CAUTIOUS WITH CHRISTMAS TREES
Make sure ornaments and lights on your tree are not hanging low - this can result in your cat pulling down the tree. You can tie ornaments and lights snugly to the branches of your Christmas tree to prevent any accidents.
Please do not put any tinsel or icicles on your tree if you have animals in your home. The shiny tinsel can be very attractive to an animal, but can be deadly if ingested.
Spray your tree with bitter apple or stick double-sided tape on its trunk to deter and prevent any accidents that may occur if your tree-dwelling cat decides to go tree-climbing.
Christmas trees sit in a bowl of water, which turns into sap water as the tree begins to leak sap. Drinking this toxic water can make animals extremely sick. Put a grate over the bowl of sappy water to stop your pet from drinking it.
Why not consider getting a fake Christmas tree? It will be a lot safer for your pets and a lot less hassle for you!
KEEP POISONOUS PLANTS OUT OF YOUR HOME
Many traditional holiday plants (poinsettias, holly, mistletoe, etc.) are toxic to animals. Here is a link to the ASPCA’s complete list of poisonous plants:
Make sure you don’t have any of these plants in your home. If you do, please ensure your pets will not be able to access these plants so they don’t get sick.
BEWARE OF POISONOUS TREATS
Many of our favorite holiday treats contain ingredients that are toxic to animals, like CHOCOLATE! Some of these ingredients can be deadly, so please be aware.
BE CAREFUL OF OPEN FLAMES
This is the time of year when we are finally able to enjoy our fireplace. Keep your fireplace covered with a grate at all times to prevent any accidents or injuries.
Watch your candles! Many house fires are caused by a pet knocking over a candle, so keep a close eye on them and never leave them unsupervised. Also, you don’t want your furry feline rubbing up against a candle and getting burned.
DO NOT GIVE ANIMALS AS GIFTS
While we encourage you to adopt shelter pets, remember that they are family members, not presents!
Instead, consider giving a gift certificate to a local shelter/rescue as a gift. If they are ready to adopt, they can go find their life long companion themselves. If they are not ready, you still helped the shelter by giving them money for the gift certificate. Shelters and rescues always need money.
KEEP PETS IN A QUIET AREA DURING PARTIES
Holiday parties (or any parties for that matter) can be a mental overload for your pet, especially for cats. They usually end up freaked out and disappear for the night.
Put your pets in a quiet room during your party. Try playing soft music to help them decompress.
Around the holiday season, there is an increase in animals going to shelters because they have escaped their home during a party or gathering. Keeping them in a quiet and secure room is a great way to prevent you from losing your fur friend.
HELP YOUR PETS BE LESS AFRAID OF HOUSE GUESTS
Most of us will have house guests throughout the holidays. Here is a link to our guide on how to help your pets be less afraid of house guests:
DON’T FORGET YOUR STRESS STOPPER
Stress Stopper is formulated to help animals adapt and cope with unusual or stressful situations, such as thunderstorms, boarding, remodeling, visitors, or similar situations. This formula is designed to help animals feel grounded and protected during short periods of stress, like holiday parties. Stress Stopper is formulated for all animals.