The holidays are an exciting time for the whole family – and that includes pets. However, what can be exciting to us humans can be really stressful (or dangerous) to our canine and feline family members. Here are some things you can do to make the holidays safe for them.
With Thanksgiving around the corner, there is sure to be a lot of cooking going on in your home and extra food laying around. Make sure you keep all foods and edibles out of reach of your pets, especially chocolate, grapes and anything sweetened with xylitol.
When it comes to decorations, whether simply fall decor or full-blown Christmas Griswold-style, decorate responsibly. Keep all lights and power cords hidden and secure so prying paws don’t get an electrical jolt or worse. Also secure any objects that can easily be pulled down by a curious cat. Also, be careful with plants like poinsettias, holly and mistletoe which can cause severe illness or death if ingested by cats.
Also, one thing that can go a long way for pet safety: give them a safe room, that’s free of decorations and has their favorite toys, blankets and comfy places to avoid all the noisy humans in the house.