How to keep your pets happy and calm this Christmas

Christmas maybe our favourite time of year, but pets don't always enjoy the festivities as much as we do. Check out our top tips to helping your pets have a happy Christmas.

Cats and dogs

Cat sitting infront of christmas tree © RSPCA

Keep your pet's daily routines as unchanged as possible and  allow them to meet guests at their own pace. Provide a quiet area for your pet to escape the hustle-and-bustle.

And if visiting other homes with your dog, bringing a familiar smelling toy can help your pet to feel safe in less familiar environments.

Outdoor pets

Rabbit next to hutch © RSPCA

Animals like rabbits need extra bedding in the cold weather to keep them warm and cosy. Keep enclosures clean and dry, as wet bedding can freeze on cold nights making your pets uncomfortable.

It's also important to check that the clean drinking water you've provided hasn't frozen.

Small furries

Hamster in hamster run © RSPCA

Nocturnal animals, such as hamsters, are best kept where they aren't going to be disturbed. As small animals are very noise-sensitive, keep them away from the tv, music systems, noisy guests and Christmas parties. Keep your small furries safe and avoid hanging tinsel or fairy lights around their cage which they could be tempted to chew!

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Christmas can be hectic for cats. A well-placed hidey-hole will help keep them happy.

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Be prepared

Over the Christmas period, it's a good idea to keep the number of an emergency vet on hand in case your pet eats something they shouldn't or in the case of an accident. You can also stock up on any necessary medication ahead of Christmas to avoid getting caught out!