3 Tips For Pet Safe Holiday Decorating
Published on: November 22, 2017 | Author: Starwood Animal Transport
One of the most fun aspects to the annual end-of-year holidays is decorating. Some of us get an early start on that by going ghoulish over Hallowe’en, but once Thanksgiving arrives, it’s an all-out decorative assault on our homes, inside and out. What must our pets think of this annual decorating frenzy? For many of them, it doesn’t look pretty.
Since we love having our fur-babies be part of everything we do, it’s time to take a step back and look at this particular activity from a four-legged perspective. Maybe your beloved pup or kitty would prefer a view from the sidelines. And maybe they’ll be safer there, too. The last thing you want is to have them dangerously underfoot while you’re distracted with decorating.
These tips will help you and your pets stay safe as you prep your home for the holidays.
1. Consider their fears
In some ways, holiday decorating chaos is amazingly like the uproar that comes with a major move. Boxes and paper strewn everywhere. Furniture displaced (in this case to make room for the holiday tree or the extra-long dining table you’ll need). Unfamiliar people in and out. It’s enough to make a pet crazy.
Or, more likely, confused and anxious. What’s going on here, anyway? Should they be concerned? There are lots of things you can do to help your pet stay calm and safe while packing for a move, and you can use those same techniques to smooth the way during holiday decorating.
Consider your pet’s personality. If your furry feline is content to sit on the sidelines and supervise, make sure her favorite perch is available. Or move one into position – perhaps one of your empty boxes. If her style is more investigative, you may want to confine her in a crate or another room so she doesn’t get into something that could hurt her. (Or cause her to demolish your favorite family heirloom ornaments in one grand leap.)
Most dogs love action, and they prefer to be right in the thick of things. But you don’t want to trip over your guy as you’re trying to untangle all those lights, and that wagging tail can wreak havoc in many ways. Pull his bed close enough so he doesn’t feel left out, and arm him with a tasty chew or an engrossing puzzle toy, so he can be nearby but safe.
If your pup is not a fan of disruption, doggie day care is a wonderful alternative. He can spend the day frolicking with canine friends, creating dog-appropriate chaos to his heart’s content. By the time he gets home, he’ll be too tired to pay attention to your newly-displayed decorations. Or, if your dog is into spa days, schedule his next pampering session for when you plan to do your messiest decorating.
2. Try not to change their routine
Even if you do have to rearrange your furniture for holiday decorating, do everything you can to leave your pet’s personal space intact. The location of food and water dishes, especially. And the litter box. Also, make sure your pet’s daily routine remains on schedule as much as possible, too. That includes feeding times as well as walk times for your pooch.
3. Give the gift of extra love
Yes, it’s a super-busy time of year. And you have to get those decorations in place before guests start arriving. But family comes first, and that includes your furry family members. Since it’s not practical to include them directly in your decorating, make time just for them. Take a break for a belly rub. Go on an extra-long walk. Spend more time playing with them, or cuddling on the couch.
And remember that, for some pets, holiday decorating is just the beginning of a stressful season. Beyond creating a safe, calm decorating atmosphere, there are other things you can do to help your furry companions skip the stress this year.
In our next article, we’ll take a look at what you’re using to decorate for the holidays. We all have our beloved family traditions, but unfortunately, some of our favorites are poor choices for people with pets. We’ll tell you which ones to avoid, and explain why.
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