Recently added a new furry family member? Found yourself at home more often with an older pet? It’s important to think about how a return to work might impact your pets.
Cats and dogs have different needs but they both need to feel loved and looked after as you begin to leave home for longer periods.
Preparing your pet for your absence
There are several things you can do to help your cat or dog prepare for a more solitary life at home:
1. Start leaving your house more frequently
2. Get into a routine
Older pets have probably forgotten their pre-pandemic routines. Likewise, pets that were bought during lockdown may have never experienced life without you around all day.
To help your pets adjust, establish a routine in advance. The idea is to create a routine that's similar to the one they'll experience when you return to work.
Set feeding and walking times that will work when you're back in the office. Adjust to these new times gradually rather than all of a sudden. You can even try wearing your uniform or work clothes or carrying your work bag.
3. Reduce on-tap cuddles
4. Give your pet enrichment and mental stimulation
To keep your pets occupied, invest in some pet-friendly toys. You can pick up old favourites like chew toys and “soft mice”, or look out for more entertaining puzzle games. The cleverly designed gadgets hide treats behind paw-friendly locks to keep pets entertained for hours.
You can get treat-dispensing balls and tubes designed to encourage slower eating and hone your pet’s mental and physical skills.
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