“How do I keep my pets out of the presents?” “My cat won’t stop climbing the Christmas tree!” “Is turkey safe for dogs?” We’re answering all your howliday pet care questions in one place!
My dog loves to open Christmas presents! What should I do?
Put up a baby gate to keep your dog’s curiosity at bay. Your dog likely thinks that the new pile of gifts is for him/her, so give them a new toy as a distraction. If all else fails, store the presents in a closet or in a place your dog can’t access.
What holiday foods are safe for pets to eat?
Unsweetened cranberries, cooked (plain) sweet potatoes, apples (no core), pumpkin purée, steamed green beans, and boneless turkey (white meat) are good choices. These foods are healthy and allow your pet to partake in the festive fun.
Are mistletoe and poinsettia safe to have around pets?
No. Ingesting poinsettia plants can cause nausea, vomiting, and intestinal upset in pets. Mistletoe can cause breathing problems and, in some cases, seizures and a drop in blood pressure. It’s best to keep these plants away from your pet.
How do I keep my cat from climbing in the Christmas tree?
Wrap your tree trunk in foil. Most cats hate foil, so this will likely keep them from climbing the Christmas tree. Place a few lemon or orange peels around the base of the tree. Cats don’t like citrus scents.
Should I get my kid a pet for the holidays?
If your child is ready for the responsibility, then yes. Most families have extra time at home during the holiday season, so it can be a good time to transition a pet into the home.
If you travel or have people bustling in and out of your home during the holidays, then you should reconsider adopting a pet during the holidays. The hectic time can make it difficult to transition a new pet.
Whether or not you decide to get a pet for the kids during the holidays is a personal choice based on your family’s holiday plans and lifestyle. Weigh all the pros and cons before making a decision. But if you do decide to bring a new fur baby home, Woofin’ It id here to help with their care!!