New Year’s is a time to celebrate with our pets, friends, and family all the milestones of the year past and anticipation of what is to come. If you have little ones (and little paws) running around your house, it is incredibly important to create a family and pet-friendly New Year’s party space that all can enjoy the festivities safely.
As we countdown to the New Year, here are five ways to host a family and pet-friendly New Year’s party that will be one for the record books.
Countdown: host a family and pet-friendly New Year’s party with these five tips –
The holidays can be a stressful time of year, so it is important to introduce new pets and people entering the home. This is your pet’s home, so it might put them on edge to have new people in their space, especially if additional pets are coming over that they do not know.
Instead, try to do pet introductions outside of the home. Consider meeting beyond the front door, at a park, or taking a walk together. This way, everyone can become introduced and get to know one another without invading someone’s turf.
Pet-friendly and family-friendly space
A family and pet-friendly space are a new year’s party must-have.
There should be a small space for your pets to get away and enjoy some quiet time during the party. Some items to consider including a bed or comfortable pillows and blankets, water and food dish, and some toys. This pet space can be a safe haven if the party starts to become overwhelming for the pets.
Also, a pet-friendly play space would be a nice addition, as well as a kid-friendly play space for kids to safely play, engage, and have fun. The use of baby gates in these two distinct spaces, for pets and kids, can provide a safe and interactive play area for all.
In addition, if kids are interacting with pets, make sure an adult is present at all times.
Tasty treats for all
Make sure to have tasty treats for everyone, including your furry friends. With that being said, all two and four-legged little ones could get into something they’re not supposed to.
For example, items like chocolate, caffeine, baked goods, and adult beverages could become a holiday hazard for the little ones. Because of this, try keeping the kitchen off-limits for little ones (paws and all).
You wouldn’t want them accidentally grabbing a toxic treat, which could result in an ER visit for the New Year.
Interactive enrichment toys
A holiday party can be overwhelming for our pets. With new people are in their space, people are coming and going, and other animals in attendance, it can be a lot. Consider providing interactive enrichment toys for your pets to keep them calm distracted and busy during the party. Also, the use of these toys can be helpful to deter any pet exhibiting stress and anxiety due to fireworks or loud noises.
Be aware of noise and noise-makers
Be aware of abundant noise, noise-makers, and fireworks with a holiday New Year’s party. Many pets are scared of loud noises, which include fireworks, so they need to have space where they can feel safe and secure. In your pet’s quiet space, try the use of white noise or classical music, if your pet is experiencing stress and anxiety.
If you’re hosting your own family and pet-friendly New Year’s party you can opt to not leave the party to go view fireworks, rather try watching them on television. Certainly, your pet will enjoy being with their family and you can avoid all the large crowds.
By hosting your own family and pet-friendly New Year’s party – the whole family can celebrate and ring in the New Year together.
Have a safe and happy New Year celebration with your family and furry friends, and well wishes to you and yours this upcoming year.