Why pets are NOT for Christmas

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pets are for life and not just for Christmas

In the run up to Christmas, we’re sure everyone’s mind set is very much focused on what to get your loved ones; and for many people, getting a puppy or kitten is at the top of their Christmas lists. We wanted to stress the importance that pets are for life and not just for Christmas!
So with that in mind, if you’re thinking of gifting anyone a pet or getting one for yourself this Christmas, it should not be a decision you make lightly.

Why pets are for LIFE and NOT just for Christmas

Did you know that, Christmas time can be one of the worst times of the year for pets? More often than not after the joyous occasion has passed; many cats and dogs are given up because they are found to be more trouble than first anticipated, or people were so overwhelmed with the gift of giving that they didn’t really consider what it really means to bring home a pet.

What most people forget is that getting a new pet can be very demanding and you need to make sure you have the time and you fully prepare your home for a pet prior to their arrival. With the commotion that Christmas brings and the constant flow of friends and family in and out your home; it’s difficult for a pet to settle into its new surroundings. If you think about the home environment at Christmas it becomes easy to see why it isn’t the best time to bring a new addition to the family home.

A few hazards to look out for:

The Christmas Tree – lovely as it is, is covered with many choking and strangulation hazards. Consider for a moment how attractive your Christmas decorations would be to a kitten or puppy! Are you really going to keep your new pet away from the tree until the tree is taken down?

Christmas nibbles – over the Christmas period it is likely that there are plates of crisps, nuts, chocolates and many other assorted goodies within easy reach of a hungry pup. Whilst the treats are a recipe for contented family and friends– they’re not so good for our furry friends.

Wrapping paper – households across the country will have more Christmas wrapping paper being ripped and discarded by over excited kids… where is puppy? Is kitty OK? Now obviously I’m not implying that the new pet would have been wrapped up, but please make sure you know where he/she is when walking about or collecting the rubbish.

Christmas lunch – turkey equals full tums and happy families. But it also means turkey bones which can cause choking in pets. So if you’re not careful you can get into all sorts of trouble before you know it.

Christmas walks – how will you know what the kitten is up to if you go for a long walk or visit friends and neighbours over the holidays?

The above hazards may seem easy to avoid; especially if you are an experienced pet owner. But often it is all too easy to forget how much time, effort and commitment opening your home to a new family member can be. Please consider carefully whether it is the right time or whether you should wait for the household routine to go back to normal first.


pets are for life and not just for Christmas - present box

Dogs trust campaign:

It’s not just us at CPC that are advocating that you wait and really consider whether a pet is a good idea. Dogs Trust with the help of some famous faces is doing a new campaign that really brings to light the severity of what happens when people don’t think before bringing home a pet at Christmas time.

The campaign really puts into perspective, of what happens during Christmas period. Pets are given as presents without thinking of the real life implications they then have on your lifestyle.

Although it is being delivered with a comedic style, the serious undertone cannot be ignored. The stars portray the  inexcusable and throwaway attitude some people have towards dog ownership.

According to Dogs Trust here are some of the ridiculous excuses they’ve heard over the last twelve months:

  • He’s too perfect
  • The fence was hit by lightning so we took it as a sign that we shouldn’t have a dog
  • Kept sitting in front of the TV when the football was on
  • He got into the fridge and he ate the banoffee pie
  • They chewed my model helicopter
  • He kept chewing the grandchildren’s nappies
  • All he does is sleep
  • He doesn’t bark
  • He only poos in our garden
  • Kept distracting the children from revising for their GCSEs
  • Kept pulling the noses off the children’s toys
  • He’s scared of tin foil
  • He doesn’t pay any attention to the baby
  • He kept eating our apples and pooped on the very expensive rug
  • The fence was hit by lightning so we took it as a sign that we shouldn’t have a dog
  • He kept sitting in front of the TV when the football was on


If you are going to get someone a pet for Christmas, make sure you do your research and get a pet from a reputable breeder , shelter or re homing facility and if you already have a pet or thinking of adding to your family, take the time to really evaluate if it is the best time for you and your family and your other pet and give it the same thought as if bringing home a pet for the first time.