While we humans have a blast around the holidays, it can be a little nerve wracking for our little animal friends. Eggnog fueled ugly sweater Holiday parties filled with family and friends, loud music, dancing, carolers, decorating, and lots of cooking can all be shared with our beloved pets, but, make sure they have a refuge to escape if needed as they might start to feel overwhelmed.
Cat’s love confined spaces for many reasons. Instinctually, they seek out spaces to hide from predators or stalk prey. We all know they’re curious so of course they want to see what’s inside of everything, they love to explore and play around in tight spaces. Provide your cat with a nice (and free) box to hide away from all that noise and craziness. I usually snag a box or two when I go shopping at my favorite wholesale grocery store. I cut a little entry in the box, turn it upside down, and my little buddy has an instant shelter. I throw a T-shirt I’ve been wearing in the box as it has my scent and that also comforts kitty.
If you have a Mastiff, obviously you won’t have an easy time finding a box big enough for big dog to hide in. Also, I’ve seen dogs lay waste to cardboard boxes in minutes. Give your dog access to a room where people won’t be. Toss a suitable blanket behind a piece of furniture or somewhere else cozy for your puppy to find solace.
For feathered friends as well as reptiles, be sure to give them a nice place to escape by temporarily moving their cages and tanks to a quiet and peaceful area. Be sure they’re not situated in the direct line of a furnace register!
Lastly – while you feast this holiday season be cautious with the food scraps!