How to Involve Your Pet in the Holiday Season

The holidays are a time for festive celebrations and good food, but with all the commotion, our furry friends might feel a little left out. Luckily, there are more than a few ways to keep them happy, full, and relaxed during the season. From creating homemade treats to giving a meaningful Christmas day present, here are a few ways to involve your pet in the holiday festivities.

Make Holiday Pet Treate

We may not be able to shower pets with as much attention during the holiday season, but we can still show them our love by making homemade treats that match the festivities. You can make these easy Holiday Dog Treats by Lemons and Basil with sweet potato puree, an egg, oats, whole wheat flour, a pinch of cinnamon, and natural peanut butter. You can also create homemade feline treats or bird cakes; use Christmas-themed cookie cutters to highlight the holiday spirit in every treat! If you don’t have the time or inclination to bake, you can always buy festive pet treats from your local store.

Dress them for the Holidays

If you're a fan of crocheting, you'll be right at home with this Christmas hat from Jackie of Amidorable Crochet. A homemade sweater or hat can make your furry friends feel right at home during the holidays and also keep them warm for winter. Not up for a round of crafting? Etsy has a wide selection of handmade pet clothing, with some sellers offering personalized items that you can tailor to the four-legged love of your life.

Create a People-free Zone

We don't want our pets feeling left out, but there are times when they want to be away from all the people and commotion. Create a people-free zone where they can rest, relax, and feel comfortable—and give them a new place to sleep, too! This Snuggle Bed will keep your pups feeling safe, while this hanging window basket is a great DIY option that will comfort any stressed feline. Make sure this room has food, water, toys, and your homemade treats close by.

Give Them a Meaningful Gift

On Christmas morning, give your pets a gift they can truly use during and beyond the holiday season. With the weather getting chillier, your pets may not get the outdoor exercise they want or need. This Purr & Pounce Cat Tunnel from P.L.A.Y. is sure to give them hours of fun and exercise away from the harsh weather outside. The best part about giving our four-legged family members a holiday gift is that they’ll always feel special no matter what!


The holidays are a time for celebration and merriment; make sure your furry and feline friends feel the festivities with these ideas for involving your pets in the holiday season. Do you have any questions about any of these holiday ideas for your pets? Ask us in the comments section below! 

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