What to do when the holidays cause stress in your pets. For us, holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving are a time to get together and celebrate. Dressing up in fun costumes, enjoying big holiday meals, and adding festive decor around the home, what’s not to love?

As wonderful as they are, holidays can also create anxiety in pets. This is because there are major changes to the routine, as well as additional commotion and people that your furry one isn’t prepared for.


When holidays cause stress in pets it can put them at risk of escape and becoming lost. Not to mention, nobody enjoys feeling distressed! This is why we want to step in and give you some recommendations on how to ease your pet into the holidays!

Some pets glide through the chaos of the holidays with no problem, especially if they enjoy the added attention. But for most pets, especially cats, all of the activities, noise, strangers, and so on can create anxiety. This is why animal control shelters get many lost and missing animals during peak holiday seasons.

To help your pet adjust to the season, here are some effective tips to minimize the fear.

Exercise your pet
If you expect a hectic holiday, maintain your pet’s regular schedule including their exercise needs. Prior to the big event, make sure to take your pet for a walk or play with them at least 20 minutes prior to settling them into their safe space.

Create a safe place
If you choose to keep your pet in the home while hosting, find a secure place for them to stay. Make it fun and cozy by bringing in their favorite toys, treats, and bed. Minimize noise by playing a radio at a low volume, a fan, or a white noise machine.

Make sure to check in with your pet
During the event, take moments to reassure your pet and snuggle or play with them a few minutes before returning to the party. If you are too busy, ask a trusted friend who knows your pet to help chaperone them.

Use calming sprays and treats
These products are designed to relieve anxiety in dogs (or cats). Pheromone sprays work to ease a pet when they feel alone or afraid and are often used for travel and situations, such as a party. Calming treats also contain herbal remedies that are generally safe and many pet owners rely on their effectiveness. Ask us for recommendations.

Consider boarding your pet
If your pet is terrified of strangers and you are expecting to host an event or gathering, consider boarding your pet for the night. Otherwise, you can ask a friend or family member to take your bestie in for the evening.

If your pet is afraid of noise, change, and strangers, we can help! Call us or book an appointment through our app to help your pets stay calm and collected during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.