Ideas To Celebrate The Holidays With Your Pets
Our four-legged friends are part of the family so including them in holiday celebrations is a matter of course. But they can't exactly eat fruitcake or open presents so we have to get creative to make the holidays merry for them. Check out these ideas to make the holidays special for your dog and cat.
Keep Them Satisfied
There's only one thing that can keep your pet satisfied: a tempting treat! You can buy them, but if you want the treats to be really special, you can make them yourself with a holiday twist. For dogs, try making puppy pumpkin pie bites -- a little bit of pumpkin is good for a dog's digestion (but don't do too much) and most dogs love it. Check out the recipe from Crayons and Collars -- it also has peanut butter in it, so it's a guaranteed hit!
For the finicky feline, you can't go wrong with tuna and catnip! Rachel from Evermine makes crunchy treats to show her cat a little love. You can transform them into holiday treats by molding miniature cookies into holiday symbols like stars or bells, or twist them into the shape of candy canes. Your pets won't know it's a holiday treat, but including them in the festivities brings us pet owners joy.
Keep Them Involved
Just because our pets don't know exactly what's going on with all the tinsel, evergreens and holiday decor, doesn't mean you shouldn't include them in the hubbub on Christmas morning. Give them a little something to open while everyone else is sorting their own goodies. Try making them their own stockings to dig into and stuff it with cat or dog toys to brighten their holiday morning. Check out Adventures in DIY's step-by-step tutorial on how to sew a pet paw stocking. If you're not a seamstress or tailor, hot glue holds things together almost as well as thread.
Keep Them Cozy
With the holidays usually comes cold weather, depending on where you live. Though our pets already have ample fur coats, they still feel the chill when Jack Frost blows through town. There are a number of ways to festively keep your pet warm when the temperatures start to drop. The easiest way is through a cozy pet bed they can call their own (as well as give your bedroom sets a break). It also gives them a proper place to sleep while they wait for Santa by the fireplace. For walks in the cold, transform ugly Christmas sweaters into a merry dog (or cat) sweater to match your holiday decorations. It's pretty easy to do if you're good with a sewing machine, Alana Jones-Mann takes you through the process with her video tutorial.
Keep Them Interested
There are few things cats like more than catnip. While feather wands and laser pointers can entertain them for hours, a handmade toy filled with catnip makes a special treat for your feline friend. A Craftser contributor put together a tutorial for making catnip mice out of scraps of fabric. Try using this idea to make holiday catnip-stuffed toys (in the shape of stars, candy canes or gingerbread men) that are small enough to get your cat's attention. Though your cat won't know if it's for Christmas or Valentine's Day, you will know you made the holiday extra special for your purrfect kitty.
Keep Them Included
We all have personalized ornaments for our trees for each member of the family -- shouldn't you hang one for Scruffy and Fido, too? The holiday tree is a perfect platform for a DIY pet paw print, which you can make yourself! Salt dough works great for ornaments and if you have a cooperative dog or cat, it maintains the shape of a paw print even after being baked in the oven. It's fun way to capture holiday memories of your pets for years to come.