American households are used to growing up with pets. It is estimated that, on an average, there is a 10% increase in the number of people adding a pet member to their families. This number is certainly isn’t surprising. If you look at the number of awareness campaigns generated by pet shelters, it certainly triggers empathy among people and the next natural thing to do would be adoption. While having a pet could be exhausting no matter what kind of pet you have – be it dogs, cats, hamsters, snakes or birds, one has to ensure that they are treated properly. Pet treatment is considered as the single most important factor for pet shelters to decide whether they can let you adopt or not. This is because taking a pet back home with you is literally the same as taking a baby back home. Here are some ways to show your pets how well you can look after them and it also sets as a good goal for others to follow:
Walk and play
There is no denying that exercise is good for you! When you do that with your pet it turns out to be not only healthy but also very relaxing. It could just be a simple walk or a ball throwing game – what is important here is to have a routine and be consistent at it. Some owners are known to practice Yoga with their dogs or cats and you know what happens next – the pets don’t allow the owners to do their thing. However, it excites them to do so. It is certainly crucial that you communicate with them. Have them around you and look at them eye to eye and communicate with all the good energy. It would be wrong to say that pets don’t sense us in any way.
Feed them well
Once you ensure that your pets get their regular exercise, you have to figure out what their natural food is – especially if you own some of the exotic birds or a tortoise or even a snake. The truth is, you cannot feed them their natural preys always. You might resort to certain alternate food options but ensure to check with a vet before you do so. Not everything sold in the market is for your pet – dogs or cats, for example, are mostly overfed. Some of them contain salt which ideally should not be consumed by pets. Also, note that pets love when they are fed and they love the person who feeds them the most. There is a strong bondage that is developed around this time.
It would also be wise to make some organic homemade treats for them as well. There are so many tips available online for this – which not only ensures the pets get a whole new taste but also takes care of the nutrition.
Groom them and surprise them
Ensure you groom them well. Bath your pets at regular intervals to reduce dander and itching and this will also make your pet more comfortable. Of course, this is not applicable to pets that do not need bathing. Understand how to groom them and how often to groom them. It is true that the best pet treatment starts with a visit to a vet. Learn all the nuances of pet grooming from your vet and ensure to stick to them.
In the case of dogs, they get so used to a particular routine. One thing you could do is surprise them by taking them for an extra walk or play the ball in a new park. They do get excited if you show them new places. Cats, on the contrary, are perennially curious. Hence, anything you bring home – right from your grocery bag to a new gadget, brings out the curiosity in them.
Your pets need vaccination besides everything else in the long list. Before even adopting one, we would recommend that you visit your vet. Understand what it takes to have a pet and how much it would affect your routine and whether you can still be efficient in every task. The cost involved in taking care of pets should also be looked into and you should figure out whether you can afford it. It is indeed known that vets give a great perspective to all the above-mentioned points.
Work a schedule
All the above factors have no significance unless a routine is maintained and it is also documented. Your pets should know their nap time and play time perfectly well. More so, you should know it. Stick to this schedule and ensure consistency.
Above all, ensure to give a clean, loving and nurturing environment for your pets and that’s the best treatment you can give them.