Providing the perfect home for your beloved pet is an essential part of becoming a pet parent. Your pets need you to listen to their needs and give them attention because they can’t do it themselves! Today I’ve got the advice that will help y’all go from “pet owners” to “pet parents” in no time flat. Whether you’re a cat or a dog person, your pet is a valuable member of your family. These tips on how to be a better pet parent are something that should always be on your mind, even when you’re doing a fantastic job!
Give Your Pet Outdoor Vantages
Your pets love to nap in the parts of the house where the sun streams in through the blinds. My dogs love to stare outside and watch for rabbits to bounce across the yard. Will they ever catch a rabbit? No! Can they dream? Absolutely! Take note of your puppy’s favorite nap spots and do your best not to block it. See if they like having a bed or a blanket to sleep on in the sunniest area of the house.
For cats, be sure to give them height by using a cat tree or cat shelving. Cats love to be high up because it makes them feel safe. If they can be high up and chirp at birds outside, you’ll get an A+ in pet parenting.
Watch Their Behavior
The next bit of advice I’m going to tell y’all is to listen to your pets, and I don’t mean just their woofs or meows! After you’ve lived with your pet for enough time, you’ll know its mannerisms. One of my dogs gives me the stink eye every time I leave her for more than an hour, I swear. When something changes, you need to switch into serious mode. If your animal starts misbehaving out of the blue, something might be wrong with their health. If you want to learn how to be a better pet parent, watch everything—how they eat, walk, and even how they go to the bathroom. It may be gross, but potty issues in cats or dogs are common causes of misbehavior! The sooner you take them to the vet, the healthier they’ll be.
Keep the Same Caretaker When You Leave
Sometimes you just need a vacation. Sometimes your vacation tragically doesn’t include plans for your pets. While it can be sad to leave them for any amount of time, you can relax knowing that you’ve left them with the right pet sitter. Try to leave them with the same people every time to build a relationship between them and your pets. If that means a trip to Grandpa’s house before your vacation begins, your dogs might get excited! For a real treat, board your dog at a nearby dog hotel. Pick somewhere that will love your pup as much as you do and will introduce your dog to new canine friends. You don’t need to pick a place that serves pâté on a silver platter!