Guide to Celebrating the Holidays with Your Pets 2021 – Reader’s Digest

Planning to ring in the season with your furry friend? Here are some great ideas for (safely) celebrating the holidays with your pet.

Do you start holiday shopping for matching dog and owner pajamas before it’s even Halloween? Do you write a letter to Santa on behalf of your cat? Then this guide is for you!

For so many pet owners, beloved cats and dogs are just as much a part of the family as anyone else. And we’ve come up with some fun ways to include them in your holiday celebrations—while keeping them safe at the same time. Plus, we’ve got the inside scoop on the best gifts for pet lovers—including where to find those matching Christmas pajamas with dogs!

Here’s our ultimate guide to celebrating the holidays with your fluffy family members—it’s sure to fill them with the holiday spirit.

Holiday activities with your pet

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Can you include your pet in your Christmas traditions and holiday activities? Why not? There are so many fun ways to get them involved.

  • For dogs, one great idea is to take them to outdoor light displays. Well-behaved dogs are usually welcomed if they’re on leash. Or for rambunctious pups, enjoy the lights from the comfort of your car.
  • Cats are curious creatures and do well to “help” with wrapping (or maybe unwrapping?) presents—it’s sure to lead to some cute animal photos too, so start a new tradition by including your cat in the boxing and unboxing fun.
  • Depending on the breed, your dog might love to play in the snow. Try to find a place where they can safely romp off-leash, and keep them cozy with one of these dog coats for winter.

Pet-friendly holiday decor

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Decorating your home for the fall and winter holidays is a sure way to impart a warm and festive air. And luckily, there’s plenty of pet-friendly holiday decor.

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