We often talk about how pets can relieve stress in humans’ lives. They offer friendship and companionship to their caretakers. However, pets can have stress too and it is important to know how to identify possible pet stressors and do your best to calm any uneasiness.
How do I know if my pet is stressed?
If something is causing your furry friend to fret, it can usually be narrowed down to either a physical ailment, psychological distress, or an environmental change.
Always make sure your pet is in good physical health. If you see signs of stress, schedule a visit with your veterinarian to rule out any medical problems. Signs of stress can include but are not limited to: diarrhea, hair loss, aggression, not eating, hiding, and urine marking in cats.
How do I ensure I have a peaceful, stress-free pet?
To promote overall mental health, try to reduce change in your pet’s life as much as possible. Assess your living situation and try to determine if there is anyway you can reduce possible stressors for your pet.
If you will be implementing an environment change that you know will affect your pet, like moving or introducing a new baby, try to ease them into the change if you can. Otherwise, give your pet plenty of attention and try to keep their routine as similar as possible. You may want to consider using natural remedies, such as pet pheromone sprays, to settle your pet during exceptionally stressful situations. There are products on the market for both dogs and cats that are simple to use and work wonders to calm your kitty or sooth your pooch.
Make sure they are getting the mental enrichment they need. Cats and dogs like sunshine so make going outdoors with your pet a priority. If you have a cat that is less than thrilled with venturing out with a harness and leash, ensure they have a comfortable ledge or cat condo near an open window. Being able to perch and watch birds go by will keep them mentally stimulated.
Physical activities for your pet will battle boredom and are great stress-busters. Toss a ball around with your dog or take them for a long run outside. Let your cat chase a toy mouse or the light of a laser pointer around the room.
Eliminate stress by making sure that your pets have their basic needs met. In addition to plenty of food and water, provide at least one litter box for each of your cats and plenty of room to roam throughout the day for both cats and dogs. Reduce loud noises whenever possible and always provide a safe, peaceful home for your furry family members.