Back to the office? Help your dog or cat not to panic
Your pet does not know what “WFH” means.
Wow, Fido’s house? When is Fluffy happy?
They hardly care about the acronym, but they are very aware of when you return to your desk – and they don’t like it.
After over a year of constant companionship – not to mention endless walks, tummy rubs, and cuddles – our furry friends are getting the shock of their lives. For those who have joined households during the pandemic i.e. pandemic pets and only experience a situation where their owners are around 24/7, this may still be worse.
It hits them hard, and experts are warning pet owners on how to recognize their mental distress, advising them on how to make the transition to the commute easier for them.
Sixty-seven percent of U.S. households own a pet, according to the American Pet Products Association’s National Pet Owners Survey 2019-2020.
Cats and dogs may show increased vocalization, exhibit destructive behavior, and have pee and poo accidents around the house when they suffer from separation anxiety, and cats may be sick, over-groom and withdraw. physically, according to Embrace Pet Insurance.
The company’s team of experts suggest tips to help them cope, including:
- Enrichment: New toys, for example, will keep them busy and not thinking about what is worrying them or the destruction of your home. Also, exercise, which not only makes them feel positive, but also makes them tired.
- Sounds serene: Try leaving a television or radio on for a calming environment. Music can also help.
- No big whoop: Go outside and enter your house without a fuss. Ignore them for 15 minutes before you go out and when you come back.
- Soothing products: This can range from body or head wraps to medication from a veterinarian.
- Outsourcing: Register your pet in an animal day care center or hire a sitter.