Looking after an adorable fur child can be as challenging as it is rewarding. As happy as that little ball of fluff makes you, there is no denying that she requires plenty of attention and tender, loving care to stay healthy and happy herself! Here are a few interesting and helpful tips for pet owners from grooming and playtime to keep your home pet friendly.
Throw a cover on your sofa
Many will be thrilled to discover that there is a solution if you hate fur or scuff marks on your sofa, but you simply cannot resist the temptation to cuddle your pet when sitting in front of the television. Just throw a cover over the furniture, such as a sheet, a throw blanket, or a specialized water-resistant cover, and wash it regularly. That way, your sofa will remain fur-free, and you can still enjoy snuggles without any stress.
Invest in auto sliding door systems
There are few things more annoying than sitting down with a cup of coffee and reading the newspaper or tucking into breakfast only to look up and see your pet begging to go out into the yard for the fifteenth time already that morning! Luckily, auto sliding door systems can remove this frustration from your life. Easily programmed to sense the presence of a familiar animal, these automated systems are designed to open and close for your dog or cat as required, both from the inside and the outside. They can also be programmed to open and close for humans for added convenience.
Pay close attention to your pet’s diet
What your pet eats plays a huge role in their overall health and can impact how long they will remain at your side. As such, it is definitely worthwhile to ensure that you are feeding them the right food! While you might be inclined to simply feed your pet a brand that you found at the supermarket, it is a good idea to investigate the product’s contents first – even if it’s a seemingly popular pet food.
Most regular pet food is packed with carbohydrates and not nearly enough fats or protein. Many pets will develop allergies to the grains used to bulk up the food, so keep an eye out for persistent scratching and gastrointestinal upsets. If you want, you might want to investigate a pet food containing ancient grains, try out a grain-free brand, or experiment with a raw food diet. Every pet is different, so do your research and take your time finding what works for them.
DIY their toys
Pet toys are surprisingly expensive. The great news is that they are relatively easy to DIY! For example, you could make a simple puzzle toy with a muffin tin, a re-stuffable dog toy (excellent for those dogs who love to rip their toys apart in minutes), or use some old clothes to craft a classic tug toy.
You are now well-versed in the art of living with and caring for a pet. Enjoy every moment!