Professional Pet Groomer Answers – Keeping Pets Calm When Guests Are In Your Home
The holidays are often rough on our pets. All of the commotion, strange sights and smells can cause quite a bit of stress. When you add holiday guests into the mix, pets often become withdrawn and more prone to stress-induced aggression. As a professional pet groomer we understand how stress can negatively affect pets. We believe that the best way to reduce stress this holiday season is by being prepared before guests even begin to show up at your front door.
Give pets a safe space
During the holidays it’s likely that your pet will spend most of their time away from holiday guests. You will need to make sure that they have a safe space to retreat to. Consider giving them a quiet room, far away from the festivities. Put their bed, favorite toys and a dish full of water in the room. You can play soft music to distract your pet from the other noises in your home. Although you will probably want to check on them, make sure you let guests know that your pet’s space is off limits.
Let guests know how they should and shouldn’t interact with your pet
People that don’t have pets might not understand that they don’t always want to be touched by strangers, or that they shouldn’t be fed table scraps. Many foods and beverages served during the holidays are dangerous for your pet and it is your responsibility to protect them from harm. If possible, explain to guests before they visit how they should and shouldn’t interact with your pet. You could explain that they have a very sensitive stomach or that they get nervous around unfamiliar faces. Be honest and firm about the rules because your pet will not be able to speak up for themselves. This is especially important if you are expecting children in your home.
Claws N Paws Day Spa offers professional pet grooming in beautiful Fountain Valley, CA. We also offer mobile pet grooming in many areas of Orange County. If you have a cat and you are nervous about the upcoming holidays, please consider using our cat only boarding for the day of your event. For more information, please call 714-962-1005.