Independence Day has come and gone, but the warm weather is here to stay. Now is the perfect time to fire up the grill, bring out the cornhole boards, and invite family and friends over for a summer get-together.
But don’t forget about your pets! When you’re entertaining dozens of people—or even just a few—it’s easy to lose track of cats and dogs. Here are three ways to keep them safe, while still having a blast:
- Pets are often upset by loud noises, such as people yelling, music blaring, or doors slamming. Keep them shielded from the outdoor hubbub by leaving them in a comfortable place indoors. Emphasis on comfortable: Close the doors and windows to minimize the noise, but don’t forget the air conditioning. It’s hot out there.
- Keep your pets shielded, but don’t just leave them unattended for hours on end either. Check on your pets regularly—every 15 minutes or so—to make sure that they’re truly comfortable inside. You could also have a couple of partygoers split their time between the outdoors and indoors, just so your pets are interacting with people more often.
- Sometimes, pets simply prefer to be outside, even if it’s in a mass of people. If your pets are sick of the house, then do your best to warn your fellow partiers that there are animals in their presence—and to party carefully. Keep pets in your line of vision at all times. And, of course, encourage others to make them feel welcomed at the party—as long as they’re careful about it.
The key to keeping your pets safe during a party is to know their habits. If they prefer to be outside, adjust your party plans accordingly. If not, then take advantage of a comfortable indoor space, and perform regular check-ups. A pet’s worst nightmare is to feel forgotten.