How to Keep Pets Safe During the Holiday Season

With all of the activity over the holiday season—buying gifts, decorating the tree, and baking—it’s easy to forget that some of our favorite things about this festive season can be hazardous to our pets. Even though there’s that long to-do list before the big day, take some extra time to look out for your pet’s comfort and safety.

Baby, it’s cold outside. The weather this time of year is just as cold for pets as it is for us. Leave your pet’s natural coat long and well-groomed so she stays warm. Brushing your pet not only removes dead hair, but it helps with blood circulation so she stays toasty on frostier days. Cut back on her baths during this time so she retains oils that help her skin stay smooth and moisturized.

Let it snow! Snow can easily cover up scents, and walking your dog on a leash will prevent him from getting lost. Consider a jacket and booties to help short-haired breeds conserve warmth. Give outdoor pets a waterproof, insulated house they can keep warm in and provide them with plenty of fresh water. And remember to always bang on the hood before starting your car to keep sheltering outdoor kitties safe.

Deck the halls. Christmas decorations make the season merry and bright, but some of those crafting and decorating items can be dangerous for pets. Secure the Christmas tree so it won’t topple, cover the water tray on real trees, and avoid tinsel and low-hanging ornaments pets can break or choke on. Consider artificial alternatives for holly and mistletoe so your pet doesn’t chew on them. If you’re a crafter, keep an eye on pets and supplies. Curious animals can ingest craft supplies that are harmful to them.

Careful with sweet treats! Many sweets, including chocolate and the artificial sweetener xylitol, can make your pet sick. Begging eyes aren’t easy to ignore, but before giving your pet any special treats, check this list from the ASPCA for what to avoid. Keep those cups out of reach, too, since alcohol has deadly effects for four-legged family members.

I’ll be home for Christmas. Even if your pet is a happy-go-lucky people-loving soul, holiday celebrations can provide too much stimulation. Cozy up a small space for her to retreat to, complete with food, water, comfy blankets, and favorite toys. Each canine and feline has his or her own personality, so be sure to cater to your pet’s needs. And don’t forget to establish with guests the proper etiquette for interacting with your pet so everyone has a fun time.

Christmas is a time to enjoy, have fun, and see family—just remember to ensure that your pet has a safe, fun Christmas as well! Check out the ASPCA web site for more tips to keep your pet safe during the holidays.

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Lighted Holiday Wall Art for Pet Parents

Light up your home with the same warmth and cuteness your pet provides. Show your furry family some love by adorning the walls with holiday scenes featuring your favorite four-legged friends.

Click on each item below to learn more, or click here to view all of our pet-related lighted holiday wall art!

Tuckered out from playing with jingle bells, the adorable Christmas Kitten slumbers while waiting for Santa Claus to arrive. This furry feline curls up in the falling snow, illuminated by the cozy glow of LED lights.

Christmas Kitten LED Lighted Canvas Wall Art
Canine lovers will adore Dogs Watching Santa. This canvas glows with an LED-lit moon, depicting five pups gathered to watch Santa and his reindeer fly through the night. Friendship warms the heart as fiber optic twinkling snow falls and magic trails behind the sleigh.

Dogs Watching Santa Lighted Canvas Wall Art

The Kitten with a Christmas Tree lounges on a windowsill, keeping an eye on the presents below. Lit by the glowing LED baubles on the tree, this kitty enjoys the holiday season.

Kitten with Christmas Tree LED Lighted Canvas Wall Art

What are the holidays without a little Christmas Mischief? Lit by the LED lights on the tree, these Labrador puppies melt your heart as they frolic with ribbons and toys—even if they’re opening their gifts a little early!

Christmas Mischief Labrador Puppies LED Lighted Canvas Wall Art

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“Pawliday” Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Pet Owners

Does it feel like you’ve been looking fur-ever for gifts for the pet owners in your life? These gifts will help you cross a few names off your Christmas list, whether you’re looking for a personalized present or one that features a particular breed. Give those pet parents ornaments that they’ll treasure; or provide them with pet stockings to stash all those goodies from Santa Paws.

Click here to shop an array of holiday pet decor on the Touch of Class® site.
Click here to shop pet solutions like furniture protectors and pet mats.

The Kurt Adler Holiday Cat Ornament will be one of the sweetest decorations on a pet owner’s tree. Glitter accents the wreath, while the heart can be personalized with the cat’s name. The Kurt Adler Christmas Dog Ornament is available in many dog breed styles; when personalized with the dog’s name, it’s a charming, thoughtful gift that deserves a tail-wag or two.

Kurt Adler Holiday Cat Ornament
Kurt Adler Christmas Dog Breed Ornament

If the dog owner on your list is also into collectibles, the Jingle Paws Clothtique™ Figurine Set will be a real treat. Color-changing lighted garland decorates the doghouse; musical accent also plays “Jingle Bells.” The glittery Dogs Around the Tree LED Nightlight from Roman Lights has a heartwarming scene of various dogs happily gathered around a tree.

Jingle Paws Santa and Dogs Clothtique Figurine Set
Dogs Around Tree LED Nightlight

Whether the pet owner celebrates “Merry Woofmas” or “Meowy Christmas,” there’s a stocking that is perfect for the mantel! These embroidered stockings each feature a holiday message; the cuff can be monogrammed. Pet parents who will be spending snow days cooped up inside will appreciate the Mason Recliner Protector. This quilted, microfiber faux suede cover is water-repellent, soil-resistant, and snag-resistant; personalization is also available!

Merry Pet Christmas Stockings

Mason Ultimate Recliner Cover

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Home Decor Picks in Honor of National Cat Day

Get in line, felines—we’re all getting ready to celebrate National Cat Day in the United States! Your cat knows who really rules the house (hint: it’s not you), so you might as well find home decor in his likeness. Whether your kitty is reserved or constantly on the prowl, you can find knickknacks and accessories that capture his unique purr-sonality.

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Meet Merlin! He looks so real, you’ll have to stop yourself from reaching out to pet him. This intricate resin cat sculpture is available in three colorations: black and white, gray stripes, and orange stripes.

Merlin Cat Sculpture

How many times have you seen your cat utterly captivated by a feather or a butterfly? The Playful Cats Bookends reflect your cat’s innate curiosity while providing some order to your shelf or desk.

Playful Cats Bookends

We’re all for it if you and your pet want to turn National Cat Day into National Nap Day. Just place the Ultimate Microplush Pet Cover with Bolster on your sofa, and you’ll both have a comfy spot to relax.

Ultimate Microplush Pet Cover with Bolster

If your cat is an expert window-watcher, you’ll love the Urban Felines Wall Art Set. These wooden plaques have dreamy, chalk-like scenes of two observant cats looking out upon city settings.

Urbal Felines Cat Wall Art

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Get Organized! Helpful Products for Tidier Living with Pets

You have organizers for your own belongings, so why not give your pet the same treatment? Maintain your home’s cleanliness while adding a personal pet touch with these solutions.

These items are available now on the Touch of Class® web site; simply click on each item to shop!

The perfect place to hang leashes, the Occasions Dog Wall Hook Rack can be personalized with your favorite pet-friendly words. Designed by JasonW Studios®, this precision-cut metal rack is available in various finishes.

Occasions Dog Wall Hook Rack

The Paws and Bones Aqua Shield Pet Mat will catch spills and help preserve your spotless floors. This mat has a rubber backing to help prevent slippage, comes in multiple colors, and includes free customization.

Paws and Bones Personalized Pet Mat

Allow your pet to lounge with you while keeping your bed free of hair. Designed by Touch of Class®, the faux suede, double diamond-quilted Mason Ultimate Bed Protector can be monogrammed with your pet’s name.

Mason Bed Protector for Pets

Sustain the flow of your kitchen decor with the Pet Food Hideaway Storage Unit. With a hinged lid, two drawers, and two dishes, this wooden unit can hold your pet’s food, treats, and bowls—leaving your kitchen theme intact.

Pet Food Hideaway Storage Unit

 

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Holiday Sneak Peek: Merry Embroidered Pet Christmas Stockings

You get to be “Santa Paws” this year! Whether you don the red suit is up to you, but you will need some special treats for your furry pals this holiday—and some stockings to hold those treats!

The Merry Pet Christmas Stockings are just meant for the “good list” with green cuffs, light cream cotton bodies, and cute embroidered sayings. Put Whiskers’ treats in the stocking reading “Have Yourself a Meowy Little Christmas,” and leave Fido’s goodies in the stocking reading “We Woof You a Merry Little Christmas.” Each also has an embroidered paw print or prints.

These pet stockings can be ordered now from the Touch of Class® web site; simply click here to shop.

When ordered through the Touch of Class® site, each stocking can be personalized with your pet’s name for free!

Merry Pet Christmas Stockings

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September Is National Service Dog Month + Proper Etiquette

September is National Service Dog Month! Have you seen a service dog team lately? Were you unsure of the proper etiquette? Service dogs provide valuable, sometimes life-saving assistance to their handlers, so “paws” before you’re tempted to interrupt them! Brush up with these helpful tips and reminders from PetMD and Canine Companions for Independence.

1. Always speak to the owner first.
Address the owner first, rather than the dog. Treat him or her with respect and sensitivity, and avoid asking personal questions about the nature of his or her disability.

2. Do not pet or touch the service dog without permission.
Refrain from whistling or making other sounds too. Keep in mind that the dog is working on behalf of the handler; confusing or distracting the dog may prevent it from carrying out commands or devoting its full attention to its handler and surroundings.

3. Don’t be insulted if you cannot pet the service dog.
The handler may choose not to “release” the dog from work mode so that you can pet it. Be sensitive to the fact that the dog is performing critical tasks, and it may not be a good time.

4. Do not feed the service dog.
The service dog is performing an honorable task, but don’t be tempted to intervene with a treat or snack as a reward. Food can distract even the most well-trained dog. In addition, the service dog may be on a particular diet or eating schedule.

5. Keep your dog away from the service dog.
To be on the safe side, keep your dog away from the service dog so that it can work without extra distractions. If you must approach them for some reason, speak to the handler first to make sure it’s okay.

6. Ask before offering help or assistance.
The service dog team is quite capable, but if you think they need help, be sure to ask first. Don’t attempt to grab the leash or harness away from the handler. If the owner rejects an offer of help, respect his or her wishes.

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