You’ve decided you want to host a party, or someone has given you the task of organising a party, however, you are just not sure about what to do with your pet during the event. Luckily, we are the experts when it comes to all things pets. We’ve gathered the info and have laid out some great tips for you when it comes to hosting a party when you own a pet.
1. Be Prepared
The first thing to do when hosting a party is to notify your guests beforehand that you own a pet. Being mindful that your guests may have allergies or may have an intolerance to pets, shows your guests that you want them to be comfortable. If any of your guests are allergic or have an intolerance to pets, as disheartening as it may feel, there is always the option of pet boarding. You can treat your beloved furry friend to a mini holiday at our pet resort. We even offer FREE transportation services from Monday to Friday at our North and South Brisbane-wide pickup and delivery points. If your pet can stay with you during the party, the next step is to consider your pet’s behaviour during the event.
Before the party begins, consider your pet’s behaviour and how they will interact with your guests. If you own a dog, it is important that your dog can socialise with others. If your dog is excitable around new people, a great tip to calm them down before an event is to feed them and take them for a walk. A walk might even calm your nerves too. It is also important that your dog is trained well enough so that they can take commands from you during the event if they misbehave.
3. Fur-Free Home
If your pet tends to shed a lot of hair, a good vacuum of the house is a kind consideration to make. No one enjoys finding pet hair on their nice clean clothes. If you own a cat, tidy their litter box before the event. A tidy litter box is not only a nicety for your guests, but also for your cat. The one thing you do not want is the smell of an unclean litter box odour wafting around the room, especially if serving food has been planned.
4. What’s on the menu?
You may have asked your guests if they have any food allergies before the event. But have you considered your pets food allergies? Some guests may not be aware that your pet may have allergies and may feed them food that can be toxic to your pet. Consider what meals to serve that will be safe for your guests and your pet. Did you know, there are several foods that are toxic for dogs! To reduce the risk of any guests feeding food to your pets, communicate to them that you would appreciate they do not feed any of your animals.
5. I’m worried my pet may be a nuisance. What can I do?
If you are worried your pet may be a nuisance during the event, consider placing them in a designated area for them to hang in that is equipped with all their essentials. For cats, that might be putting them in a bedroom with their litter box, toys and some food and water. If you own a dog, try keeping them outside or in a fenced area with the same essentials. Visit them throughout the event from time to time to give them the attention they may need. If you own a bird or any caged pet, placing them in a quiet room can reduce their stress levels from any loud noises.
When hosting a party or any event at home, you should aim to create a stress-free environment for your guests and your pets. If you are about to host a party and would like to treat your pet away to a stay at Samford Pet Resort, you can click here to book them in now!
Do you live over the northside of Brisbane? Check out our sister pet resort, Northshore Pet Resort.