Hey babes! This is Nathan and I’s first Christmas (and holiday season, really) owning our own pet. No, I’m not talking about the cats and dogs that I grew up with. I mean our very own pet! Obviously there’s a lot of dos and don’ts of celebrating the holidays with a pet. So here’s a little guide on how to celebrate the holiday season with your pet!
Do: Make sure your pet has plenty of food and water, in an out-of-the-way location
If you’re eating, chances are your pet is gonna want whatever you have. This is a great tip for parties too. Just be sure that your pet knows exactly where their food/water bowl is, and keep it out of the way for party guests.
Don’t: Give your pets human food
The occasional pumpkin (mixed in with food) or turkey (without skin) is okay for dogs and cats. Guests or yourself shouldn’t be feeding the pets, especially things that are salty or chocolatey (that’s poison for them!) Refer to the point above when it comes to eating during the holidays.
Do: Give notice that pets will be present
It’s common courtesy to let guests know that pets will be present. Perhaps some of your guests have allergies. It’s better to be safe than sorry! And of course, tell the guests that they cannot feed your pets!
Don’t: Lock your pet in another room or basement
If you have a pet, you should only have people over if you’re planning to have your pet present. It’s unfair to lock them away. Just be sure to give notice to your guests! And lay down some ground rules.
Do: Make time to take your pup out to potty
Just because you’re having a party, doesn’t mean your pup doesn’t need to potty! Schedule potty breaks to allow your pup to relieve themself.
Don’t: Get overly mad at your pup for any accidents
Whether your pup might be anxious, scared or excited, accidents happen! Try not to scold your pup too much if an accident happens. After all, it is just an accident!
Celebrating the holidays with your pet is so much fun! But you have to remember that they are part of the family as well. Treat them as such, and you’ll all have a happy holiday season!