With all the holiday preparations going on, we might forget our pets still need our attention, especially if we don’t want an upside down house, so here are some ideas on how to keep pets safe on Christmas.
- Shiny decorations are an all-time attraction to cats
- Mistletoe can induce diarrhea if ingested by pets
- Your pets need even more attention during the holiday season
The holiday season is definitely the busiest season of the year. There’s a lot of shopping to do, which means you’re spending a lot of time far from home, if you’re not ordering online. Some of you prepare the meals for Christmas, others prepare the presents; others are talking on the phone with family and friends. But most importantly, almost everyone is decorating their house and their Christmas tree. With all of these things going on, you might be forgetting something very important – your pet.
What is your pet’s schedule these days? Have you considered that maybe you’re not paying it as much attention as you should?
It is very important that despite our busy schedules we take the time to be with our pets. The first thing we have to make sure of is that their schedules don’t change much. They should be eating at the same time as always and take their walks as usual. Moreover, given the changes that are taking place in your house, you should try to keep your pet away from the decorations and the unhealthy foods.
Keeping your pet away from decorations is basically a win-win. Think about it: if your pet manages to bring down the Christmas tree or break ornaments they could get harmed. If they don’t get harmed you’ll still have a lot of cleaning up to do. This is why you should make sure ornaments are out of its reach and that the tree is very well secured. Moreover, especially if you are a cat owner, you should avoid using shiny decorations as much as possible and candles are definitely out of the question.
If your pet happens to ingest plants such as holly or mistletoe they risk having nausea, diarrhea and vomiting so you should be very careful with what you place around the house and what your pet is eating or drinking. If you’re having a party, make sure you keep your pets away from the table and any drinks or foods that are meant for people, as they may not be good for animals.
All in all, although pets have to be cared for all year round, they request even more attention during the holiday season, so make sure your pets are safe this Christmas and your house doesn’t get wrecked before Christmas guests arrive.
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