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How to Entertain Your Pets When You Are Busy Entertaining

How to Entertain Your Pets When You Are Busy Entertaining

Throughout the year, but especially during the holidays, you might find yourself hosting more events than usual. When you are in charge of entertaining guests, it is important to consider how to keep your pets entertained as well.

Throughout the year, but especially during the holidays, you might find yourself hosting more events than usual. When you are in charge of entertaining guests, it is important to consider how to keep your pets entertained as well. Some of your furry friends might enjoy having company, while others may nervous, anxious, or just prefer to be alone. This month we are going to offer you some tips for keeping your pets busy when you are busy entertaining guests.

1. Give your pet a little bit of extra attention beforehand. Most of the time, we know beforehand when we will be hosting an event. On the day you are having guests over, spend a little extra time with your pet. If you have a dog, try to fit in an extra walk or play a game of fetch. If you have a cat, spend time playing one-on-one and give him or her some extra attention. Providing extra attention to your pet when you are having guests over has two major benefits. First, it uses up their energy so they are getting plenty of exercise and might even want a nap by the time people arrive. Second, it satisfies their need for your attention so they will be more content when you are busy attending to other things.

2. Keep guests informed about your pet’s preferences. While many of us out there are animal lovers, not everyone understands the unique personality of our particular furry friend. Let your guests know whether your dog, cat, or other critter likes attention from strangers or would prefer to be left alone. Explain to your guests why you are letting your pet stay in a separate room or area of your house while entertaining instead of letting them roam around. This will help them know you and your pet’s preferred boundaries, as well as help them understand why it might be better for your animal friend to not join the rest of your guests.

3. Provide your pet with a safe space to hang out. Set up a room or area of the house with all of your pet’s needs before guests arrive. Make sure to leave food, water, toys, and a litter box (when necessary) out where your furry loved one can access them while you are busy. If you do crate training with your dog, and this is a safe space for him or her, then perhaps crate your doggy friend while you are entertaining. Make sure to provide adequate potty breaks before, during, and after your entertainment duties. Even if your pets are free to roam when guests are there, providing them a safe space to retreat to when overwhelmed can help them feel like they have an escape.

4. Supply your pet with plenty of enrichment toys to stay busy. Even if your pet has gotten some extra exercise and attention, he or she might still need some entertainment while you are busy doing your own entertaining. Provide them with toys, either around the house or in their safe space, that they can play with independently. Make sure that the toys are not dangerous or involve small parts that you pet could break off and try to eat. At Pet World, we sell a number of safe independent play toys for you to try. For your doggy friends, try stuffing Kong toys (or even freezing them), Snoops, Omega Tricky Teat Balls, or a Snuffle May toy. For your kitty companions try a play circuit, a ripple rug play mat, Doc & Phoebe’s feeding system, a Turbo Scratcher, Tower of Tracks, or the Petmate crazy circle.

The holiday season can be a busy and stressful time. During this time of extra guests and lots of family, keeping your pet entertained can be a challenge. Follow our guidelines to ensure that your furry loved ones are safe and content while you are busy entertaining. From all of us here at Pet World, happy holidays to you and your pet!

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