How to Prep Your Pets for the Holidays

The holiday season is in full swing. For most of us humans, it’s a fun and exciting time. But for humans with pets, the holiday season can be a bit anxiety-inducing. Learn how to prep your pets for the holidays with these helpful reminders.

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Stick to a Routine

As you already know, pets tend to be creatures of habit. Your cat may love waking you up at 5am for his breakfast. Or your dog might be accustomed to taking her morning walk at seven sharp. During the holiday season, these routines can sometimes go by the wayside.

However, it’s important to stick to routines that your pets are used to. This is especially true in the chaos (and joy!) of the holidays. Part of prepping your pets for the holidays means following your routines as closely as possible. That can bring your pets comfort, even as guests arrive, or as you go out more often.

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Don't Feed Pets Holiday Food

Part of your pet’s routine includes food. You may feed your pet certain foods at certain times. It’s important that you continue to provide the type of food that your pet is used to. And if you generally feed your pets at the same time every day, make sure you keep to that time.

If possible, shift your holiday plans so you can be home to give your pets food whenever they normally eat. And even though it’s tempting, try not to feed your pets holiday table food. Some foods can be toxic to cats, dogs and other animals. And the last thing you or your pet want is an emergency trip to the vet.

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Prep a Private Space for Pets

Having lots of guests over for the holidays? You may want to consider providing a dedicated space to help prepare your pets for the holidays.

Many pets get anxious with lots of new people in their house and the noise that often comes with them. Setting aside a quiet space that’s off limits to other humans offers a retreat for pets that get overwhelmed. Make sure you provide a soft bed, toys, food and water and, for cats, their litter box. And keep guests away with a fun sign or a quick rundown of the housekeeping rules.

Cute gray dog in his Christmas sweater

Holiday Grooming Appointments

If you want to include your pet in the holiday festivities, schedule an appointment at the groomers. Your dog or cat will come home with clean, trimmed fur and nails. Yes, they’ll be even more adorable. But they’ll also shed a bit less, helping you keep your home tidy for those unexpected holiday drop-ins.

Prepping Pets for the Holidays

Prepping your pets for the holidays doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, sticking to a routine is key. Avoiding table scraps, creating a private space for Fluffy and even taking a trip to the groomers can all help prep your pets for the holidays.

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