The holidays are a happy time for many, but this cheerful season can be stressful every now and then, too. 

Whether you're traveling, hosting family, budgeting for gifts or planning parties, there's a lot to prepare for in a very short amount of time. 

It's no wonder that you often feel relieved after the New Year has arrived and the festivities are over!

You're not alone in this feeling, and you've probably discussed stress with family and friends to find relief. What you might not realize, however, is that your pets are affected by the holidays as well! Between the ringing doorbells on Halloween to the unfamiliar faces during Thanksgiving, your furry friends have to handle a lot this time of year. Fortunately, you can use these easy solutions to alleviate stress and help your pets enjoy the festivities with you.

1. Set up a "safe spot"

Even if your cats or dogs love people, they might not appreciate the abundance of people, especially children, during the holidays. Make sure your pets have access to an area where they can escape the crowd when the house becomes too full. A little peace and quiet can help calm your pets and give them the break they need during this energetic time.

2. Plug in a diffuser to calm and comfort

Pet diffusers are designed to mimic a cat or dog's natural calming pheromones. Simply plug your diffuser in and notice your pets' restlessness, scratching and other stress signs disappear! Comfort Zone offers effective, odorless diffusers for both cats and dogs.

3. Continue proper nutrition and exercise

With all of the hustle and bustle that occurs this time of year, it's easy to let your routines slip. Exercise and a healthy diet, however, are essential for pets all year-round and can help reduce stress and anxiety during the holiday season.

We've all found ways to reduce stress during the holidays. Help your pets do the same with these three simple tips. For more information on pet anxiety and diffusers, stop by your local Homestead Gardens today.

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