Design a Cat-chy Canine Christmas Gathering
Your pet may adopt your child’s new stuffed animal as a play toy at Christmas time, but when it comes to tearing open presents under the tree on snowy Christmas mornings, cats and dogs usually get the short end of the tail. To get your furry friends in on the Yule tail cheer, host a magical get-together where canines and felines can dress up as Santa, enjoy their own gifts and chomp down on pet-friendly Christmas treats!
Follow Animal Fair’s guide to creating the cat-chiest canine Christmas party ever. Your pets will thank you later.
Cat-chy Christmas Do’s and Don’ts
DO make your dog into Santa Claus for the night! It’s possible when you deck your pooch out in a Santa Suit by Kyjen. These furry digs come complete with a plush bodysuit, bells, and even an attachable beard. It’ll have your pooch barking “Ho, Ho, Ho!” by the end of the celebration! $15.99-$17.99.
DO host a “Doggie-anna” gift bonanza for your guests, both human and canine. For this to work, each pet parent should bring one human holiday gift and one pet gift for either a cat or dog. Be sure to set a spending limit! For a purr-fect feline gift, PetSmart makes a festive blue and white Cat Toy Variety Pack, complete with fleece mice, a fleece snowman, a catnip infused small pillow, a soft “snow” ball, and plastic balls. $4.99; Visit: www.PetSmart.com
DO dish out Christmas cookies that your canine guests will enjoy, guilt free! PetNibbles bakes up delicious, all natural peanut butter and banana Christmas tree and Christmas star treats for your little angel and all of his or her friends! $6.95 for ½ pound bag. Visit: www.petnibbles.com
DO play holiday music and provide festive Yappetizers for your human guests.
DO create paw-sitively perfect party favors by hanging pet stockings chock full of treats and toys from your mantelpiece. Decorate your own or try Christmas Pet Stockings by the Christmas People. “Good Dog” or “Good Cat” styles, $10.25 each. Visit: www.christmaspeople.com
DO deck out your tree in personalized dog and cat themed ornaments! Visit: www.ornamentshop.com for a wide selection of ornaments created especially for you and your pooch!
DO consider swapping out real pines for a fake but believable holiday tree—pooches may be tempted to nibble at a real Christmas tree, which could be dangerous to their health.
DON’T hang mistletoe; it is poisonous to your furry guests! Other holiday plants to stay away from include holly and poinsettia plants.
DON’T light candles and then leave unattended unless they are completely out of reach of your largest canine guest.
DON’T leave wrapping paper and other trash on the floor. Dogs may trip over the garbage, or even eat it!