The first week of June is Pet Appreciation Day, so today we’ve come up with 6 ways you can show your appreciation for your furbabies (plus one bonus! this month. I’m sure you’re as excited as we are to show our pets we love them, so go ahead and read on!
Arrange a play date with other pets
Pets, just like people, love getting to socialize. It’s not just fun for them, it’s almost important for them to learn how to interact with others. Pets that are well-socialized are less inclined to have behavior problems down the line. One thing you can do is to schedule recurring dates with other pet owners you know and trust—it can be a fun bonding experience for everyone involved, and you’ll also know that you’re providing other pets with essential socialization. It’s a win-win!
Spend quality time with them
Just simply taking the time to cuddle and hug your pets can mean the world to them. Pets, above all else, depend on us as owners to take care of them and show them affection. There are few things as sad as a neglected pet, so don’t let that happen—a few minutes, an hour, however long you have to spare is already a big deal for a pet. This is the perfect time to give your pet a new toy or teach them new tricks. If you really want to go big, take a staycation and bring your pet along. Whether it’s at home or at a pet-friendly hotel, your pet will love being able to spend time with you—and you’ll appreciate being able to take a break from the breakneck pace of everyday life.
Talk to them
This is something you can do everyday whenever you’re with your pet! Animals know when they’re being addressed, and even if they don’t necessarily understand what you’re saying they can definitely recognize your tone when you speak. Having a loving, caring voice when you speak to your pets can let them know that you value them and think of them as part of your family—and they are!
Cook them a special treat
This is something you can do every so often depending on your budget, but it’s something we love to do. Pet-friendly recipes are all the rage these days, from pupcakes with potato frosting, to cat-friendly omelettes. We don’t advise making this a daily habit as some ingredients should only be given to pets every once in a while, but as a special treat for birthdays and the like, it’s a wonderful idea. Some of the recipes are also fine for humans, so you can really share a meal with your pet. Table for “awoo,” please!
Give them new bedding
Your pets love sleeping just as much as you do—probably even more, in the case of cats. As such they need a space they know they can use as their preferred sleeping spot. Sometimes we neglect to take care of that spot for them, but now’s your chance to upgrade their sleeping area. Dog and cat beds aren’t too expensive, but it really depends on your pet’s preferences. Some are fine with clean old towels, or, in some cases, old t-shirts because they smell like you. The most important thing is that whatever their bedding is, it’s clean and comfortable for your pet.
Have them groomed
Sometimes our pets’ personal grooming situation can get out of hand. A trip to the groomer can solve any issues and make your pet feel like they’re really being taken care of—despite any protests to the contrary. Regular grooming can be vital for some pets, or a special treat for those who don’t need much maintenance. Regardless, a fresh cut means your pet will be looking and feeling their best. Bonus: give them a special treat for behaving at the groomer and they’ll be much more willing to go back!
Bonus tip: Don’t leave them alone
Nothing makes pets more anxious than being left alone! Whether it be for work or because you’re going on vacation, if you don’t have time to walk them or spend time with them every day, why not get a pet sitter? Regular human contact will mean your pet is more social, more comfortable, and happier. And really, that’s what it’s all about. We at Pet Nanny are ready to take over any pet caretaking duties should you be unable to spend time with your pet. If you have a busy schedule, give us a call and we will make sure your pets get all the attention they need. Contact us at 734-981-6108 or use our on-line contact form and we will be in touch with you shortly.