It’s safe to say that the coronavirus pandemic has affected all of us. Many of us are working from home, having to find new ways to be productive and entertain ourselves, as well as trying new methods to connect with our loved ones. While many people are going stir crazy being stuck at home, those of us with pets are probably finding quarantine to be a little more enjoyable. However, being a pet owner during these uncertain times poses some additional challenges, such as stocking up on pet essentials and finding ways to keep our four-legged family members engaged, especially ones who are used to being outdoors. In honor of National Pet Parents Day on April 26th, here is a list of ways to keep your pets happy, healthy, and engaged during quarantine so you can continue being a great pet parent!
Purchase Extra Essentials
No, this doesn’t mean you should run to Target and buy every last bag of dog or cat food they have, but you should buy enough to last you for at least a month at a time. Another option is to have high-quality meals sent right to your doorstep through specialized services. Pet Plate delivers dog food that is made from human-grade ingredients and are pre-prepared and portioned so they can be served with pretty much no effort on your end.
Of course, food is not the only thing you should be prepping for during quarantine. If you have a cat, make sure to have extra cat litter on hand as well. World’s Best Cat Litter is made from a formula that clumps more easily, absorbs odor and guarantees a bag will last you much longer than regular litter. Also, if your pet takes any medication, be sure to buy a large enough supply to last you through extended isolation – the same goes for anti-parasite treatments.
Stick to Their Normal Routine
It’s likely that your own routine has been disrupted quite significantly, so it can be tempting to let your pet’s routines fall by the wayside, as well. Dr. Annie Valuska, a Purina behaviorist, advises against this: “It’s important to try to keep your pet’s routine as intact as possible. Feeding, potty, and walks should all happen when they normally do, and if your dog is used to going in the car, it’s not a bad idea to continue to take them for short drives.”
She also advises pet parents to continue to ask for good manners, such as sitting before going through a doorway or not begging for table scraps.
Give Them Time to Rest
Our pets are used to us being away, so be sure to give them plenty of time to rest throughout the day. Another Purina behaviorist, Dr. Francois Martin says, “It is not a good idea to change your pet’s routine with a lot of socialization. Pets are not kids. Owners don’t have to keep them busy with things to do all day.”