Pets can be seen as family members, but do we really know the best way to be a pet parent?
Pets do so much for us, playing the role of loyal companion and source of happiness – and it’s time we learned the ways we can be better to them every day.
Committed: Pet ownership takes time, so strong commitment is key. In return for the companionship a pet provides, owners should have the willingness to nurture their pets. Providing the right food for a pet’s life stage is a great example.
Patient: It takes a lot of patience and persistence to train pets properly, but it can help a pet become a well behaved companion. To develop good behaviour, training should start early.
Observant: Pay attention to your pet’s behaviour, health and physical condition so that you can identify any health problems early. Owners should be in touch with a trusted veterinarian who can provide vaccinations and identify potential health conditions.
Organised: Scheduling a pet’s meals, exercise and grooming routines will make it easier to keep track of their activities. Set up regular vet checks to minimize illnesses and obesity, as well as medical expenses. Instead of letting toys live all over the place, stash them in a basket where your pet can get to them — they’re smart enough to figure out where the fun stuff lives, trust me.
Caring: Pets will know they are getting the right amount of TLC from their owners through good communication. A chin rub or a pat on the head can be reassuring to our furry friends.
Health and Wellbeing:
• Feed your pet at set mealtimes and avoid table scraps. Many human foods are bad for your pet and they can cause pet obesity.
• Avoid damaging your cat’s claws by only using a clipper designed for them.
• Maintain their dental hygiene – it helps their health a thousandfold. Brushing teeth or using toys and foods that help them to stay clean.
• Spend 15 minutes a day playing with your pet – it’s a must for emotional health.
• Leave their carrying crate out and pad it with a blankets so they view it as a comfortable place of safety prior to vet visits.
• Change their water every day – refreshing their water supply will help keep them healthy.
Exercise: Exercise has many health benefits for pets, including helping hip joints, reducing digestive problems and weight management. Exercise also helps control behavioural problems like chewing, scratching, digging, hyperactivity, jumping on people or raiding garbage bins. Ensure your pets get regular exercise by tailoring their play time to your lifestyle. Activity enthusiasts could try taking the dog jogging, on long walks or any other safe adventures. If you lead a laid back lifestyle, play ball with your dog, take them swimming or try training games.
Cat Flaps and Pet Doors:
Consider a cat flap or pet door if you are out for long periods. For cats, SureFlap DualScan Microchip Cat Flaps are ideal because they stop intruder animals entering the home and they can also be used to keep specific pets indoors when needed (e.g. thunderstorms and vet appointments).
Owning a pet can be seen as a large and daunting task but by establishing routines and ensuring they receive the nutrition and exercise needed for a long, healthy and happy life. The loyalty and devotion shown to you by them can be one of the most rewarding things you will ever do.
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