Questions to ask yourself to take the right actions First of all, how well do you know your pet? Do they behave differently when guests are around? Are they afraid or sociable? Gentle or aggressive? If your dog or cat responds to guests naturally, but their behaviour makes your guests uncomfortable, it might be better to have your pet in a closed room elsewhere in the house during the party. It’s important your pet not feel that this is a punishment. Make sure to have water, food and toys that will keep your pet occupied and happy. Toys Food puzzlesare a good idea. Also, provide a comfortable place for them to lie down… as well as another to climb on if your pet is a cat. In other words, it should be a small room that your pet feels good in. Another question you should ask yourself: how well do you know your guests? Are they friends who frequently come over? Will there be young children? Seniors? All at once? Are any of them allergic to cats or dogs? Will they understand your pet’s “language”? If you give your guests a few instructions, will they follow them? Don’t forget, the festive Holiday atmosphere sometimes makes people behave in an exaggerated way.