Do you wonder if the lifestyle you offer is really the best for your little friend? Here are 5 small ways you can help.
#1. Choose their food carefully
It’s really not as simple as just picking up the doggy treats or cat food that get your pet excited. When you walk down the grocery store aisle, you will see a lot of food options claiming to be healthy & balanced, but you are the final judge. Do your homework and spend time with the vet to really know what food is the best for your pet & at what age. If it’s an older cat or dog, chances are arthritis might be troubling your pet. You will need to choose food that helps keep bones healthy & probably include a herbal supplement like ours to ease any joint pain. If your pet is still a puppy then you might need more calories, because you know how much energy they can spend, hopping around your house & the entire neighbourhood. You want to be sure of what goes into that dish. The food you choose will determine how healthy & long their time with you is.
#2. Organize play dates
Dogs love company. Surprise, surprise! Cats love company too! And meeting their friends outside the family will make them happy and calm. So many pet parents ask us how to introduce their pet to their new-born baby. Well, the answer lies here. Keep your pet used to the idea of meeting other people or dogs and cats outside. You can take your dog to a park and let him play with the other pooches. You can ask your friend to bring her cat to your house and let the two kitties play with some new toys. If you are new to a city, there are apps that can help you find play dates for your pet online. Here’s how this will help:
- Reduce any insecurity because your pet will know that at the end of the day he goes home with you
- Build room for bringing a new pet or introducing a baby in the future if you ever wish to
- Keep your pet mentally active by figuring out new scents, new games and new friends
#3. Perk up their surroundings
This does not mean you need to transform your house into a 5-star hotel or a comic book. You just need to fill the space with toys that will stimulate their senses. Chew toys are a must. Food dispensing toys are more than welcome. Here’s an easy trick – you can fill their toys with dry snacks or a frozen scoop of peanut butter. You’ll be surprised to see how busy your pet will get once he gets a toy like this.
Other than making lots of toys accessible, you have to make sure that you make all the harmful stuff inaccessible. Keep any mobile chargers or other electronic appliances unplugged when not in use. Your dog won’t know while chewing it if it has any static in it. Avoid any loosely assembled furniture (especially if you worked on ikea and skipped a few steps to just quickly put the thing together). You know your cat will bounce on it and can hurt itself. Don’t keep a pet if you think your building is not pet friendly or if your apartment is too small for it. Cats & dogs need room to freely move about.
#4. Don’t break their routine
If you have been a fan of the Snoopy & Charlie Brown comic strips, you know how important the tummy clock is for your pets. They time their bodies around a routine to understand when is it time to go for a walk or when is it time for you to get home. This routine helps them figure out the world and find their tiny space under the sun. A good parent will help their pet maintain a routine. Here’s how:
- Set reminders on your phone to notify when it’s meal time, play time or time for a bathroom break.
- When getting late at work, try to make it possible for a friend to babysit your pal
- When you break a routine, grab a surprise treat for your pet. This will make your pet register that particular day as an off-routine day.
- Time your pet’s first bathroom break with your wake-up time. That will save your pet the stress of whining & weeping to wake you up off-time.
#5. Keep your pet calm when you are away
Cat parents tend to think that their cat loves having the house to herself. Well, it’s not so. Separation anxiety hurts cats just as much as it hurts dogs. They are just too proud to show their stress. However much we hate it, there are times when we have to leave our pet alone for longer periods and we return home to a stressed out, unhealthy pet. You can’t ignore these situations. They need your help before stress starts affecting their health & lifespan. Here’s what you should do:
- Leave their favourite treat hidden around to keep them busy
This one never fails. The pet spends time & energy to find those treats and once he has gobbled them all up, he will be tired enough to take a long nap.
- Spend some alone time with them once back. All exclusive!
They have been waiting for you with their eyes stuck at the door. They probably haven’t eaten anything or have been extra gloomy or are just stressed from too much barking. They deserve some extra TLC. Make sure you give them more time, alone, once you are back. A long walk or a game or a lot of talking. They’ll love it.
- Invest in some herbal supplements
So the truth is that separation anxiety is difficult to treat and if it is not treated for along period then it tends to recur or worse, never go away. Cats & dogs don’t understand separation very well and tend to get emotionally attached to their families. Especially if it’s the loss of a friend, parting from a family member or moving anxiety then you will need help getting your pet’s happiness back. Adding some natural petrapeutics supplements to your pet’s regular food or water intake will help him cope better.
- Leave an object with your scent behind
This could be a blanket or a cushion or even your unwashed sweatshirt. Before you go, leave some of these out for your pet to feel at home. This usually helps them feel less lonely without you & get over the separation quicker.
Your pets are family and loving them like family is the choice you make. Petrapeutics is an outcome of our ever-growing love for pets, and here, we constantly try to offer solutions to make life better for them. If you think these 5 tips at being a better pet parent were helpful, do tell us. If you have some more, please share them with us using the comment box below. We are all ears.