Are you looking forward to slowing down and creating a few special moments with the ones you love this holiday season? Easier said than done, isn’t it? All of the extra planning, shopping and traveling can make it challenging to give everyone the time and attention you’d like. That can feel especially true when it comes to pets. Here are a few of our favorite ways to bring our furry friends along for our holiday traditions.
While you’re putting up your favorite decorations, make a little space for your pet. Hang a stocking with their name on it by the chimney with care. Make a cat-shaped or dog-shaped ornament you can hang every year. Visible reminders like these help you remember to stop and appreciate your little friend as you go about your busy day.
Don’t forget to pet-proof your festive decorations. Mistletoe, holly and poinsettia plants are all toxic to dogs and cats. But don’t worry — there are festive pet-friendly plant options like red roses and autumn olive. Also, as beautiful as they are, avoid lighting candles where your cat could easily knock them over.
Take a nighttime sightseeing drive with your dog to spot holiday lights, or pick up a toy with a few jingle bells for some stimulating playtime for your cat. Buy them a Halloween costume or holiday sweater that matches the family theme. Remember, it’s OK for your holiday moments together to be small and peaceful.
Do you send out cards with family photos during the holidays? This year, make a little room for your cat or dog on someone’s lap. Plenty of photographers are happy to work with pets — and it automatically boosts your photo’s cuteness factor. Lately, pet owners have been giving their pets special one-on-one photo sessions with Santa as well.
If your pet doesn’t mesh with your ordinary holiday traditions, why not create a new one? You wouldn’t be the first person to throw your dog or cat a birthday party. You could also take it one step further and invent a holiday based on your pet’s favorite things. See you at the Fall Fetch-ival!
Humans aren’t the only ones who love to open gifts. This year, you can give your dog or cat something they’ll love (while secretly supporting their oral health) with a package of their favorite dental treats. You can even treat your dog to classic holiday flavors with GREENIES™ Pumpkin Spice Flavor Dental Treats or GREENIES™ Gingerbread Flavor Dental Treats.