We humans aren’t the only ones who had to adjust to new norms brought on by COVID-19 – it has also significantly disrupted the lives of our pets. Chances are they are just as stressed about sudden changes in their routine and are feeling extra-antsy being cooped up in the house too.
Keeping your pet happy at home during a pandemic is a decidedly tricky endeavor, but it can be done with a few thoughtful changes and helpful products.
Along with meeting physical needs, be sure to keep your pet mentally healthy as well. Some animals may find changes in household routines very stressful, especially if they are used to regular excursions. They can’t understand why they are no longer allowed to do the things they’ve always done.
If you notice an uptick in troubling behavior, such as poor sleeping, loss of appetite, or anxiety, try new ways of keeping them engaged. Whether that means structured playtimes, learning new tricks, or offering a challenging new toy, pay attention to their cues and offer stimulating distractions.
On the flip side, if you now find yourself working remotely, and you have kids at home, the family pet may be receiving much more attention than usual. This will understandably lead to overstimulation.
Be sure there’s a safe, quiet place they can retreat to if the kids get loud or you need to take a conference call. IRIS pet pens can provide a peaceful place for your pet to regroup if the household chaos gets to be too much.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we go about our daily lives significantly, and our pets are no different. Visit IRIS USA to find solutions that help everyday life AND lock-down life run a little smoother for you both..