How to keep your pets engaged during holiday parties
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How to keep your pets engaged during holiday parties

The holiday season is upon us. Pets and holiday parties can be a scary combination. While you worry about the décor and invitations, you also have to find time to keep your pet actively engaged at the same time. If you fail to do so, your pets might act a little aggressive which may further make your guests and other family members uncomfortable. Keeping him safely away from the party food and décor between the endless errands and festivities is daunting, to say the least. The change in your daily routine and the general ambience of your home can cause anxiety and stress in your pet.

But, not all is lost yet. If you plan and make suitable arrangements, managing your pets and holiday parties together can be fun and easy.

Here are a few tips that will keep you sorted this season.


Pets can be a curious bunch, whether it is decorations or food, you need to be careful that they do not ingest anything, which could be toxic. You would want to keep all party décor out of reach of your pets. We often feel guilty while indulging in chocolate candies and fruitcakes while our pets look on. No matter how bad you are feeling, it is best to kill the urge to feed scraps to your pets. Fruitcakes, nuts such as macadamia and walnuts can be toxic to your pet. A better way to handle these delicate moments is to keep a bowl of pet snacks at hand.

Treat dispensing toys

  • Kongs: If you want to engage your dog while you are busy entertaining guests, you may want to try Kongs tops. All you need to do is fill the Kong with your dog’s favorite treats, dry or wet food and it will keep him busy for quite some time as he keeps chewing it to get the food out.
  • You can also keep your canine busy with other food puzzles. There are several options available in the market including tricky treat ball, tug-a-jug, waggle and the dog casino.
  • Puzzle feeders are also available for cats.
  • If you are planning to leave your pet alone, leave the TV on for him. This will keep him occupied and he will also get used to some noise rather than the silence.
  • Play Calming Music: You would want to check out Through a Dog’s Ear, which offers a range of pet calming music and is easily available on Amazon.


Stock up on a few new toys for your pets. Have four to six options, which you can rotate, as your pet may get tired of playing with the same toy repeatedly. Rubber dog balls, chewable squeaky toys can keep your dog engaged for hours. Collapsible cat tunnels, squeaky mouse, scratcher toys, and colorful springs are some of the options available for your feline friends.

Pets and holiday parties should no longer bother you if you improvise, plan and prepare in advance. You and your four-legged pal will be at peace without any worries.

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