Whether you’re single this Valentine’s Day or just want to include your pets on the most romantic celebration of the year, your little loves will feel special with these fun new traditions.
Watch a Movie Together
Animal-centric romantic movies like Must Love Dogs and Unleashed are perfect for watching while you snuggle with your pets on Valentine’s Day. You can even share unseasoned, unsalted home-popped popcorn with your pets. The starch in popcorn is not great for dogs and cats, and it’s low in nutrients, but it’s okay as an occasional snack in moderation.
Make Pink Treats
You can make your pet’s meal or homemade treats more festive by coloring them with beet juice. If using store-bought, make sure that you are using 100% beet juice with no added ingredients. It’s easy to make beet juice at home with a juicer or by pureeing the peeled root vegetable and straining out the pulp.
Foods containing beets or beet juice are harmless to cats and dogs, but they may stain your pet’s urine and feces which can create the appearance of blood the next morning. This is perfectly normal and will subside, no need to panic.
Try this simple recipe that cats and dogs love:
Pink Heart Treats
5oz tin of tuna
¼ cup beet juice
1.5 cups flour, more for dusting (you can use tapioca flour to make grain-free treats for pets with food allergies)
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Blend tuna, egg, and beet juice until smooth.
- Mix blended tuna mixture with flour until dough forms, adding more flour as needed to make dough workable.
- Roll out dough and cut with a heart-shaped cookie cutter.
- Place hearts on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Cooking time can be adjusted for desired crunch, and depending on size and thickness of hearts. Remove from oven when edges just begin to brown. Allow to cool completely before offering to your pets.
Write a Poem About Your Pet
You don’t have to be a professional writer to craft a fun, sentimental poem about your pet. In just a few minutes, you can write a simple limerick, a humorous poem that typically begins with “there once was…” and is written in a “AABBA” rhyming pattern, with 8-9 syllables in lines 1, 2, and 5, and 5-6 syllables in lines 3 and 4.
There once was a cat named Peter,
Who couldn’t be any sweeter,
It was always the norm
For him to be warm
Curled up in front of the heater.
Watch out for Holiday Hazards
Dogs and cats can’t enjoy all Valentine’s Day traditions. Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine, both of which are toxic to dogs and cats. Wine is also extremely hazards for cats and dogs, not only because of the high alcohol content, but also because it contains grapes, which can cause acute kidney failure in dogs, even in small amounts.