Christmas can be a very stressful time for pets. The change in routine, a busy house, loud noises and decorations can all contribute to your pets feeling on edge and stressed out during the festive period.
We have put together some tips to make sure that your pets enjoy Christmas as much as you do.
Cats and Dogs
- Try to keep their routine as similar as you can. This includes their regular walking times, food times and bed time.
- When having guests over to your home, let your pet approach them in their own time.
- Make sure your pet has somewhere quiet and safe that they can go to when they are feeling overwhelmed. Don’t let any of your guests interrupt your pet while they are in their safe space.
- Try not to leave your pet alone for an extended period of time. If you have family and friends to visit, why not ask them if you can bring your pet along with you?
- Outdoor animals such as rabbits will need extra bedding in the cold weather.
- Keep their enclosures clean as wet bedding will freeze on cold nights, which could lead to illness.
- Ensure outdoor pets always have fresh clean water to drink and check at least twice a day that it isn’t frozen.
- Make sure nocturnal animals are kept in a place where they aren’t going to be disturbed during the day.
- Small animals are very sensitive to high frequency sounds which we can’t hear so keep them away from televisions and stereos.
- Don’t put tinsel around cages and keep fairy lights and electrical cables out of reach to prevent them nibbling objects that could cause medical issues.