Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve! How do you plan to ring in the old year and ring in the new year? Our perception of time is very different from that of our pets. Many of us plan for the future – while our loved ones live mostly in the here and now. They certainly don’t understand the change in the “new year”. So as we celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of the next, our pets are happy to be with us, no matter what year it is. They may not appreciate all the noise either, but they’ll recognize the festive atmosphere, and you’ll want to include them in the party. There are things you can do to make your celebration more pet-friendly.
Start by skipping air horns, poppers and fireworks – loud noises can be stressful for your furry friend who has more sensitive hearing than us.
Decorations should be pet-friendly. String lights, streamers, tinsel, candles – these are all things that can harm a pet who decides to play with them or chew on them. Put up a festive banner or poster, and leave out the confetti and glitter.
Pets are often curious, so make sure you put all snacks (especially those containing chocolate or grapes or raisins) where your furry friends can’t reach them. And warn your guests to keep their snack plates and drinks (especially alcoholic beverages) out of reach of your curious dog or cat.
One way to help your pets stay safe is to create a quiet place for them while the party is going on. Put your furry friend’s bed in another room, along with a toy or two and some water and food, and then close the door and let your pet get some rest.
After the old year is over and the new year is upon us, you can spend some quality time with your best friend as you remember all the special times you shared with your beloved friend – and even more special ones in the new year. Plan to make memories for both of you, while you’re talking about pets.