Life is busy, sometimes chaotic, often stressful. For you as well as your mutts and kits!
While we’re coping with our schedules, we may not realise how much our pets absorb of this hustle and bustle, and how it affects them.
Chaos can cause pets to feel stressed, and “in an attempt to cope with this stress, they may start to develop unwanted behaviours.” warns the Pet Food Industry of South Africa (PFISA)
To avoid ‘naughtiness’ and strained pet relationships, it helps to have a regular routine that you stick to, not only because it makes everyone feel more secure, but because it will help you check all the boxes as an amazing pet parent.
“Setting a routine,” endorses PFISA, “will force you to consider all of the vital aspects of your pet’s daily life and plot them out, ensuring all their species-specific needs are being met”
Here are a few areas they suggest you regulate.
Beyond the basics – routine management when going on and returning from holidays
A holiday is as good as a change, to turn the adage on its head. Change can upset our loyal, loving pets, so please take care when breaking your carefully carved pet routine for outings that may last a few days or more.
“Some pets are very attached to their routine and the 1001 little rituals that structure their daily life the rest of the year; they might feel lost,” the Weenect blog advises. “Make sure to pack the little things that make them feel like home: their usual food, their basket, their toys.”
“A few days before going home,” they continue, “bring back certain habits: morning and evening going out hours, walk conditions (put the leash back on)” to make the transitions easier.
What tips and tricks do you use to create more consistency for your pets? Tell us and the community of dog mad, cat crazy pet people over on Facebook.
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