The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is here. The festival lasts for 10 days, celebrating love towards our beloved ‘Bappa’. Many families celebrate this sacred occasion across the nation. They do this by bringing Bappa’s small idols into their homes for 1.5, 3, 5, or 7 days. On the other hand, many societies and mandals get huge idols for 5, 7, or 10 days. But when it comes to the celebration, the size of the idols is irrelevant as the love and enthusiasm for the festival is constant in everyone. To show this joy, people gather together to dance and sing together.
This fiesta might be enjoyable for many but painful for some, especially for the innocent animals who get easily startled by the crowds and the noise. Because of the situation around you, taking care of your pet during this time might seem like a hassle. Worry not, as we are here to guide you on ways to take better care of your pets during this time.
Are you bringing Lord Ganesha’s Idol home?
- When you bring the Idol home, place it somewhere your pets cannot reach, especially your cat. Put up some kind of barrier around the area of the idol to make it safer. Avoid the use of camphor as it can cause breathing problems in your pet, and avoid using betel nuts as they can cause neurological and gastrointestinal problems in your pet if ingested.
- We know decorating the house is dreamy and exciting, but make sure to use pet-safe ornaments as cats and dogs have a curious nature, and they fulfill their curiosity by chewing on things, even the things that are not supposed to be chewed. Be aware that metal ornaments can cause severe toxicity in dogs if swallowed by your pet, and small ornament pieces can cause your dog to choke.
- The sweet smell of the modaks and laddoos might make your pet drool, and they might make you give those ‘puppy’ eyes, but resist giving them these sugary sweets as they are horrible to your pet’s health. Instead, give them treats like calcium bone for dogs, dogsee chew, or meo creamy treats to cheer them up.
- Make the aarti time as quiet as possible for your pet, as it can easily startle them.
- Use pet-friendly colors for rangoli and tilak. Even so, keep your pet away from ingesting these colors.
- We know during this time, you have a full house with your guests going in and out of the house, but you need to keep an eye on your pet to ensure they don’t run out through the open door.
- The change in routine and presence of many people may stress your pet, so it is necessary to calm them down and make them feel comfortable at all times.
- If your pet feels comfortable, keep your fur baby in a separate room during this time and check on them occasionally to ensure their safety.
How do I help my pet during visarjan?
- The days of visarjan are carnival-like, especially during the evenings when people dance their hearts to loud music to bid farewell to Bappa(and cause traffic at times), so it is crucial that during these particular days, you take your dog on walks before the festivities begin.
- Take your dog on walks, play with them, and make them use all their energy so that they get too tired to get anxious or panicked when the hustle and bustle starts outside.
- Keep your windows tightly closed during the visarjan times, as the loud noise may scare your pet. You can plug their ears with cotton or play soft music to soothe your pets.
- There is a possibility that your pet may bolt in fear, so you need to put tags with your name and number on them for these situations so you can get them back.
- Don’t let your pet be alone during this festive season, as they get easily startled when they are alone.
Board your pet
Boarding your pet during the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is the most practical option. Keep on reading to know why:
- Boarding homes take the best care of your pet’s safety as they are trained to keep your pet calm and distracted from the outside world’s noise and chaos.
- They provide a clean and peaceful environment for your pet as compared to your festival-filled house.
- They keep a close eye on your pet to make sure that the pets do not hurt themselves or ingest something they are not supposed to.
- They are prepared for any accidents that might involve your pet and their health.
- They help your pet socialize with other pets, which benefits their mental and emotional health.
- They allow you to enjoy this Ganesh Chaturthi without any worries about your pet as they keep you updated on your pet having a gala time with regular WhatsApp texts and videos.