Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Christmas & Pets | How To Keep Them Safe At Xmas

Christmas is a time where family comes together and we all celebrate, eat food and laugh until we can laugh no more. But, it would be a mistake to think that the festive season is reserved just for humans, why should our pets be left out? Just a few weeks ago I moved out of my family home, meaning that I also moved away from our 2 cats, Marmite and Bruiser. I'm missing them tons but I know I'll get to see them in a few weeks time to celebrate Christmas, something that they are just as involved in as everyone else.

Yes, we are that family that gives the cats a stocking each and sometimes even an advent calendar! I see no reason to leave your furry friends out of the fun of Christmas, as long as things are done safely. Every single year we probably spend more time trying to keep the cats from climbing the tree than everything else! Of course it never stopped them though and many times we woke up to seeing a pair of eyes staring back at us from between the tinsel, or even worse the tree would simply be on the floor. Despite their naughty ways though we still hang them up a stocking each and they really do love it, they spend most their time jumping up at them on the wall to get the treats down. I've already picked up some festive treats for them this year and can't wait to head back home to see them both, but keeping them safe at Christmas is definitely a priority as well.


This year the RSPCA has put together a post and some stats with some helpful tips to keep our pets safe during Christmas, with some added in tips to help make sure that they also have a fun Christmas! 

When it comes to food I think we all have a general idea of what we can and can't give our pets but it's important to keep those bad foods out of reach too, we know how mischievous our pets can be! Things like chocolate, mince pies and Christmas pudding are all poisonous for our pets and be careful when giving them meat too, make sure all the bones have been taken out first. If you don't have pet insurance then this might be a good time to get some just in case as well! Be careful not to feed too many treats to your furry friends either, it's tempting to let them overindulge as a treat but it won't be good for them in the long run.



Another point that the RSPCA made that I think is super important is making sure that you have a quiet, calm and comfy space for your pets tucked away somewhere. Christmas usually means lots of friends and family coming around which can be stressful for animals, I know that my cats certainly aren't a fan of loud strangers. So, making sure you have somewhere cosy and quiet for them to be alone is a really good idea.

These are all just small things you can do to give your pet a better, healthier and calmer Christmas but of course don't forget to buy them a few treats and presents as well! I picked up a few, okay maybe more than a few, presents and treats for my 2 cats the other day in Wilkinsons. They have some really nice stuff for both cats and dogs, I'm looking forward to seeing what my cats think of the turkey flavoured dreamies, their own mini Christmas dinner!


Do you buy your pets Christmas presents or advent calendars?

I was kindly given some vouchers to buy my cats some festive treats, all opinions are my own.
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  1. I think this is a really important post for people who don't own pets as well. Sometimes it's easy for guests to forget what you can and can't do with a pet. We've got hamsters and a bunny and they'll all be tucked out of the way on the big day so they don't get too spooked

    Steph - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

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    1. I completely agree! We've had people around before who have nearly given our cats foods that they can't have so it's important for everyone to know the basics at least. Plus I think sometimes people always crowd around pets so best to keep them upstairs or something in a cosy bed x

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  2. I really enjoyed reading this post, some amazing stats there! Luckily my cat Pepper doesn't play with the Christmas tree now she's an elderly cat, I do make her a little stocking up each year with her favourite treats. She also has a quiet place next to my bed where she'll take herself off to if things get to busy in the living room.
    Sharon xx

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    1. Thanks! Aw that's lucky, no tipping over christmas trees haha! x

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  3. Great advice here and I love those adorable photos of your cats to finish the post off with! It makes me want a cat all of my own. I haven't had pets for a good few years now but they always make a house feel like a home. Lovely post! - Tasha

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    1. I couldn't do a post about pets without adding in some cute photos haha! I agree, my boyfriend's brother has a cat but he's mainly an outside cat so I kind of still have a pet but not really x

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  4. Great advice - thanks for sharing! xXx

    www.jessicabkennedy.co.uk

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  5. AWWW! This post is adorable! It always bothers me that there are more gifts for dogs than cats, but Jewel is weird. She only plays with one little cat-nip toy mouse which we call Mousie! haha! She has a stocking that we throw her mouse and a bag of treats! I love it!

    Dee | Promptsbydee xoxo

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    1. Thanks lovely! It totally bothers me too, as if cats don't enjoy the presents as much?! Marmite loves just a piece of string but Bruiser will play with anything really if he thinks he can kill it haha xx

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