My Babies – LoLa Bella, Toby Kai and Zooey Milania
I was reading a business article about the many options available to entrepreneurs to grow , innovate and succeed in 2015. Of course while reading it (very good info) but it turned my attention towards the holidays and our pets. I have a large family and also many pets,( 3 shih tzus and two cats). Every year , my pets domain comes into question because not all family members or friends enjoy and love animals the way I do . We , as humans , are excellent on concentrating on our needs and wants but how do our pets feel and adjust during the big holiday. They are intelligent, have big hearts of love and are quite loyal. I love showing my pets my loyalty is there as well. One of the many ways I love to show my love is by letting them know , the holidays are about you too and I want you to be happy during these times as well.
I know I’m not the only one who loves her pets infinitely . So for those that do, let me offer some tips for your pets enjoying the holidays as well.
The Christmas Tree(Real or Fake)
A. Make sure to get a sturdy base for the tree to prevent it from being knocked over.
B. Pets have allergies too, so keep an eye out for any extra scratching or itching. Pine and cedar trees can be the worst culprits; go for fir, spruce, or cypress instead.
C. Vacuum often to pick up the needles. Pets can choke on these.
D. Make sure to cover the base with a skirt so pets can’t drink the tree water.
E. Some cats like to chew on or eat plastic trees. If you notice your cat doing this, you can spray a bitter no-chew solution on the tree.
A. Put small ornaments higher so they don’t pose a choking hazard if they fall.
B. Keep breakable or valuable ornaments higher up the tree so they can’t be knocked down.
C. Don’t use tinsel or string on your tree. If eaten, they can get tangled in your pet’s intestines.
D. Plastic or paper ornaments are great alternatives to glass or ceramic ornaments. You can even have an origami-making party with your family!
E. Instead of metal hooks, use plastic hooks. They’re safer and also easier to attach to ornaments.
F. Watch the cords. Duct tape them to the floor or buy a cord cover.
Food & Presents
A. Keep food in containers with lids or cover with plastic wrap. Put a fork on top of the plastic wrap to discourage cats from lying on your food.
B. For serious counter-surfers, try a mat.
C. ASPCA has a list of dangerous foods for pets and keep it handy : CLICK HERE
D. When it’s present-opening time, keep a few big garbage bag handy. Toss string into the garbage immediately. Bags and boxes should be given immediately to the cats to play in, of course.
A. Set the house rules for your pets. For example, My dogs know where to sit before big meals and are rewarded with treats.
B. Warn guests of your pet’s quirky habits too, such as which pets like to be picked up and which ones will scratch your eyes out if you try.
C. Give your pets somewhere to escape to when the activity and noise gets to be too much. You can use a pet play pen, or just a closed-off room with a pet door.
Pets Deserve Holiday Fun Too!
A. Start a pet stocking or gifting tradition (if you haven’t already). Our pets get to open their presents first to keep them busy while we open ours.
B. Toss your dog a chew toy to keep them distracted during the holiday feast. (Their favorite)
C. Last not least, Always give your pet a holiday treat.