Do Our Pets Understand When We Celebrate Their Birthdays and Holidays?


Lots of people get their dog a birthday cake, or their cat a holiday gift, but do our pets even get what is happening? Veterinarian Jennifer Coates says, “Pets certainly don’t understand the specifics of our celebrations, but they can still enjoy them.

Dogs – and yes, even cats– are social beings and are able to pick up on group dynamics. When everyone…is excited and having a good time, most pets want to be included.” Philip Tedeschi, a human-animal behavior expert says for dogs especially, a party might be a welcome experience.

He says if you want your pet to know you’re doing something special for them “offer the routine they like most with special attention to the details like going somewhere they really enjoy.”

Also, the experts advise getting your pet practical gifts rather than cute ones.