How to Help Your Pet Cope With Today’s Challenges
There’s a great deal of uncertainty right now, and our pets feel it. Over the past few months they’ve spent more time with us than ever before – a time that may have been filled with nail-biting, pacing, worrying, and without the schedule and routine they were used to.
Pets react to heightened emotions in a variety of ways, many of which can cause significant problems for them (and you). How can you help your pet cope with all the strange transitions happening around them?
One of the greatest strategies for pet owners during this time is to simply keep up with your pet’s routine as much as possible. Be sure they get outside at specific times throughout the day, keep meal times regular, and play/exercise with them as much as you can (it’ll make you feel better, too!). Inconsistencies to the daily routine can be really upsetting and won’t help your pet cope at all.
Quality and Quantity
The fact is, we have a lot of time on our hands right now. With people not working, shuttered schools, and limited hours at certain stores/restaurants, the sheer volume of hours spent at home together can be challenging.
Try your best to make the amount of time you have, the best possible time together. Even if it’s a simple game of laser tag or hide and seek, your pet’s mood will become brighter and happier as a result.
A Fine Line
Part of the trouble is that no one knows when things will go back to normal. With that in mind, you have to be prepared for the eventuality that someday you’ll return to school or work.
Keep in mind that, while you want to give your pet all the love and attention, it may be in their best interest to give them some alone time once in a while. If you don’t give them opportunities to be alone, when it’s forced on you both, they might have a harder time with the transition.
It is 100% normal for pets to feel a little left out when you leave them home alone. However, this disturbance to their routine can quickly develop into the full blown symptoms of pet separation anxiety if not handled quickly.
- Urination or defecation inside the house, or outside their litter box.
- Destruction of owner personal property.
- Whining, crying or barking the entire time you’re gone.
- Escape attempts, such as clawing or scratching at the door you left through.
- Intense clinginess and overwhelming excitement when you return home.
The above behavioral concerns can affect insecure or nervous pets, but all animals can suffer from the fear of solitude. It’s important to address in order to improve your pet’s quality of life.
Help Your Pet Cope
It’s not always easy to know what your pet needs. That’s why The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center are always here to help your pet cope with all of life’s challenges. Please contact us with any questions or concerns.