Blue Cross blog
Treat your pet this ChristmasPosted on 17 Dec 2010
Want to treat your pet this Christmas? Our chief vet Wendy Adams has some top advice…
Give your pets a merry little Christmas this year and give them a gift they will really enjoy.
It doesn’t have to cost much and many pets will appreciate things that are totally free, like a favourite game, a special bit of fuss or an extra walk with your dog – which will help you to walk off some of the Christmas dinner too!
Why not join them in a game of hide and seek or teach them a new trick to impress everyone on Christmas day?
Money-saving presents are easy to make yourself. Use an empty cardboard box stuffed with used, torn wrapping paper for them to play with - turn it into a lucky dip by hiding their favourite treats inside.
Cats love to play detective and this simple game will fascinate and entertain them for ages. Place a favourite treat or small piece of de-boned turkey or tuna inside a screwed up paper ball and watch them work out how to retrieve the treasure.
Cats also love to play with cotton reels and old yoghurt pots. Drag a piece of string along the floor or dangle it in the air for them to chase – but never leave them on their own with it as they could swallow it by mistake.
Don’t forget smaller or outdoor pets too – rabbits also love a game of hide and seek so leave cardboard boxes out for them. You could make a tunnel out of them too.
Remember, some pets find all the visitors and excitement a bit too much so always make sure they have somewhere safe to go and hide if they want to.