'Tis the season... for unlimited treats! Here at perromart, our pets look forward to Christmas almost as much as we hoomans do. With the prospect of new toys, accessories, treats & more, there's no doubt that it's the best time of the year for all!
This year is no exception. Despite COVID-19 still lurking around, we've found a way to beat the scaries while staying safe. In this all-you-need-to-know guide to a fun "Pet-mas", you'll find activities to do with your pets, DIY Xmas recipes, holiday safety tips, and how you can spread some of the season's love to the furkids in need!
Fun Holiday Activities To Do With Your Pets
Nowhere to go or no plans? Don't worry! We've compiled some of the best ideas on how to give your pet the best Christmas of their life.
Open Gifts Together
The best Christmas gift you can give to your dog is quality time, and one way of it is by opening gifts together with your pets! Involve your pets in gift-opening activities and pack some good Christmas gifts for him/her too, then open those gifts in front of them. Trust us, you'll be rewarded with the most heartwarming sight when they realise the gifts are for them!
Take your pet on a walk to see the Christmas lights
Pets, especially dogs, love to go out on a walk and Christmas is the perfect festival to take them with you to see the Christmas lights. Search for the best places in Singapore with Christmas decorations and pile your dog into the car, turn up the Christmas music, and head on that way.
This year, while everyone is practicing social distancing, going out to see the beautiful sight of Christmas lights would be the perfect outdoor moment for you and your dog to enjoy.
Capture every moment this Christmas
COVID-19 has changed the meaning of celebrations. During this difficult time, the best way to celebrate Christmas is to enjoy it with your family, friends, and of course your pets. Imagine, how great it would be to picture you and your furkids wearing the same costume!
Design costumes for your pets, whether it’s a sweater, a full-on costume, adding antlers to your dog’s head, or strapping an elf hat on your cat’s head. Capture this moment when you are writing Christmas cards for your friends or packing Christmas gifts and upload them on your IG feed to let others know how you are celebrating the special day.
By following these cool ideas, you can make this Christmas the most memorable time for you and your pets this year!
Xmas DIY Treat Ideas
It's Christmas and we know that it's incomplete without delicious treats! This year, make your pet’s Christmas special by cooking up some amazing treats and their favorite foods. Here at perromart, we're sharing some of the amazing DIY Christmas treat recipes for dogs and cats that we've bookmarked.
This is a delicious and timeless recipe for dogs! Instructions are as follows:
- 1 ½ cup of whole wheat flour
- 1 ½ cup of oat flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon of ground ginger
- 1 tablespoon of turmeric
- 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
- Pinch of ground clove
- Pinch of allspice
- ¼ cup of molasses
- ¾ cup of applesauce
- 1 tablespoon of Vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- Preheat the oven to 176 Degrees Celsius
- Mix all the flours, spices, and baking powder in a bowl and mix to combine.
- Add the applesauce and molasses and combine them till fully mixed.
- Add the coconut oil, vanilla, and egg and mix them till fully combined (add more flour if necessary)
Roll out the gingerbread dough and cut out the shapes of your choice and bake them in the preheated oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes to have a nice golden color around the edges for a soft and delicious cookie for your dogs.
Pick a healthier option and make spinach treats for your pups!
- 1 pack of spinach (cleaned, thawed, and excessive water drained out)
- 2 cups of whole wheat flour
- 1 cup applesauce
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups rolled oat flour
- 6 capsules of chlorophyll
- Few drops of peppermint extract
- 2 tablespoons of dried parsley
- Some dried cranberries for decoration
- Preheat the oven to 176 Degrees Celsius
- Thaw the spinach and make sure it is cleaned and all the excess water is drained out. Draining water will prevent your cookies from becoming soggy.
- Place the spinach in the food processor and pulse until the spinach is thoroughly pureed.
- Add the flour, parsley, chlorophyll, and pulse to combine well
- After that, add the applesauce, eggs, and peppermint and pulse until it forms a dough.
- Move the dough to the dough board and add flour, work until it is completely ready for cookie cutting.
- At the end add cranberries for a little bit of decoration
- Put the cut cookies in the oven and cook them for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees until their color changes into light golden.
Cat Cake Pops
Treat your cat with the small-sized cat pops just the way they like. Follow the instructions to give your cat the perfect Christmas gift.
You will need the following ingredients to make cat pops.
- One egg
- One carrot
- 80g rolled oats
- 1tbsp olive oil
- One handful of blueberries
- 1 tbsp catnip
- Cake pop tray
- Wash and peel the carrot and grate.
- Preheat the oven to 200 Degrees Celsius
- Put grated carrot, egg, catnip, oats, and oil in a blender and blend until fully mixed
- Take a tbsp of mixture and roll it with your hand in the shape of a ball
- Place the balls into the pop tray and make space for blueberries on top with your finger and half-cut blueberries on the balls.
- Place them in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until they form the shape of a cupcake. Then leave them to cool.
- Take them out of the tray gently and serve your cat one each time.
Serve your cat with the delicious cake pops and make their Christmas delicious.
Rice Crispies Treats
- 6 cups Krispy rice cereals
- 1-12 oz bag of Marshmallows
- One bag of candy corn pumpkins
- 3 tbsp of butter
- Cat cookie cutter
- Yellow icing
- Shallow baking sheets
- Put butter and marshmallow in a glass bowl over a double boiler and melt them together while stirring frequently.
- Add cereal to the mixture and mix well
- Press the mixed ingredients into the greased shallow pan. Press them till ½ inch thick and let the mixture firm up for 2 hours.
- Cut the pumpkin into half
- Place the mixture into the freezer for 5 minutes to make it easy to cut out.
- Get the mixture out of the freezer to cut shapes with the cookie cutter
- Add yellow icing on the treats to make eyes.
Serve your cat the treats and sit back and watch them enjoying their Christmas gift.
Poisonous Plants / Foods for Cats and Dogs
While plants can be an integral part of our Christmas decorations, there are several that are not safe for our pets like cats and dogs. To ease your mind, we’ve compiled a list of 5 poisonous Christmas plants/foods that are harmful to your pets. The list of 5 plants/foods are as follows:
- Christmas trees
Traditional Christmas trees like pine, spruce, and fir contain a small amount of essential oils that make it smell great but hard on the little stomach. Due to the soothing smell, dogs cannot resist eating them which might eventually cause stomach problems. These trees have needles like properties and if swallowed in a bigger quantity, they can form a wad in the GI tract and even puncture the digestive system. To avoid these risks, make sure to keep your dog away from the Christmas trees.
Lilies are a popular type of flower that are often found in gift bouquets. Unfortunately, lilies are poisonous for cats and dogs! No matter how many types of lilies are available out there, all of them are dangerous and poisonous for cats and dogs. If swallowed by the pets, lilies can cause vomiting, lethargy, diarrhea, increased or decreased urination depending on the situation, and lack of appetite. All parts of the plant are dangerous for pets so live or cut they should not be kept in homes with pets.
Mistletoes are very common in Singapore and are also dangerous for pets like cats and dogs. On Christmas, you will almost invariably find mistletoe dangling over your head at the parties. Mistletoe might romantic but the problems lie when sprigs end up on the floor within the reach of pets.
Even a single bite can make your cat and dog sick in the form of vomiting and lethargy. If you suspect your pet vomiting then take away all the food from their reach to let their stomach settle down. It is always suggested by the vets not to have mistletoe in your houses if you have a cat or dog to save them this danger!
When you hear "poinsettia", you probably imagine red bright decorative plants that look beautiful. But apart from being beautiful, poinsettias are poisonous to your pets. This plant can cause digestive and skin problems if swallowed by your cat or dog. The sap available in the poinsettia leaves is dangerous for your pet’s stomach. So, proper care is required if you have a pet in your house. You have to keep an eye on your pet so keep him away from the poinsettia to keep him safe.
Holly plants are easily available across Singapore and are one of the iconic yet dangerous plants to have around your pets. Holly berries contain toxins that can be dangerous for your pets in swallowed. These berries and their leaves can cause severe pain in the belly. These berries rarely kill any animal if eaten. But they can irritate their mouth and drool a lot. So, if you have pets in your house in Singapore, it is suggested not to have holly in your house for the sake of your pet’s health.
Ways To Give Back (To Furkids In Need!)
Lots of dogs and cats in Singapore remain in dire need of love, care and attention. This season, think of those furkids and how you can make a difference even in the smallest of ways.
At perromart, we're organizing a virtual live adoption drive, "A Pawliday Miracle", with partner local shelters on 19th December 2020. In spite of COVID-19 obstacles, we have found a way to safely shine more limelight on these dogs and cats in need. Tune in on Instagram and Facebook (@perromart.sg) to meet these animals up for adoption or how you can donate to these causes! More info on our event page.
Additionally, we've compiled a few ways that you can give back to this community:
Donate animal food and essentials to the animal shelters
One of the best ways to give back to animal shelters is to donate animal food and essentials to animal shelters. Shelters are working hard to help abandoned animals to have a home where they can live. That’s why these shelters are always in need of animal food and other stuff for the animals.
Be a volunteer in animal rescue
Animal shelters in Singapore are always in need of volunteers who can help them in their daily tasks like animal care, shelter cleaning, animal rescuing, and many other tasks inside or outside the shelters. This holiday, work as a volunteer on this special occasion and spend time with animals and help the shelter staff in their regular tasks. This way, you can spend time with your favorite animals and help the shelters too.
Motivate your friends to adopt, not shop
Motivating your friends to adopt a pet is another way through which you can help the animal to have a secured home. Animals in the shelters always look for new parents with whom they can spend the rest of their lives peacefully. So, always try to motive people around you to adopt pets from the shelters to lower their burden.
Christmas is around the corner and everyone is planning Christmas gift ideas for their family members, friends, and colleagues. Between all this hustle, don’t forget to add your pets to the celebrations. We at perromart wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!