Stay stress-free, avoid emergency trips to the vet, lend a helping hand to others

Naughty! Can be highly toxic

  • Alcohol and Eggnog
  • Desserts made with Chocolate,
  • Coffee, Tea
  • Garlic, Onions,Chives, Leeks, Scallions, Shallots
  • Nutmeg, Macadamia Nuts, Raisins, Grapes
  • Bones, Meat Drippings, Gravies
  • Chocolate Candy, Candies or other foods which contain Xylitol

Nice! Healthy with interesting textures

  • Sweet Potatoes (cooked)
  • Baked Potatoes (cooked)
  • Pumpkin (cooked)
  • Cucumbers and Carrots (cooked or raw)
  • Green beans (cooked)
  • Cranberries (unsweetened), Bananas, Apples

Naughty: Ribbons, strings, rubber bands, "icicles," glues, and candles. Live Christmas tree needles and the water in the stand are toxic to pets.

Nice: Provide shelter for an outside cat or dog; Feed a stray; Donate a Spay/Neuter operation for a feral cat or neighborhood pet; Offer the gift of a bag of dog or cat food to help other pet parents.

Naughty: These plants can be toxic to pets: Poinsettias, Mistletoe, Holly, Lilies, Daffodils, Amaryllis, and Christmas Cactus

Nice: Snuggle on the couch with your own favorite four-footed friends and read them a story, such as:

  • A Dog Named Christmas by Greg Kincaid
  • The Cat Who Came for Christmas by Cleveland Amory
  • The Animals' Christmas Eve by Gale Wiersum

Or look for Jingle Cats and Jingle Dogs CDs. Fill your home with traditional Christmas music sung by cats and dogs. Mike Spalla quit his job to pursue his dream of singing cats, and then included dogs in the fun. The carols were created from thousands of meows, barks, purrs and growls which he collected by following cats and dogs around, recording their sounds, and cataloging them by pitch. Then he painstakingly arranged the resulting pitches to match the carol melodies. You will be amazed. Your kids will love it. And don't be surprised if your pets join in the caroling!