Now that everyone in the world is home more than ever, our pets are a focal part of our everyday routines. They help bring a normalcy to our days, when everything is uncertain. After all, they still need to be fed, walked and cared for, like usual. They don’t understand what’s going on; they only know their humans are home all the time. For some animals—like dogs—that can be a very good thing. They do love attention. But, I’ve noticed that our cat was thrilled to have her family around more for really only the first few days. She was trying so hard to hang with us all day, wherever we went. One day, though, I found her curled up in her favorite spot, sound asleep, and she stayed that way for hours. It’s like she was worn out and decided she was going back to what she did when we were gone during the day for work and school.
Generally, though, research has proven that pets can reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and help with anxiety and feelings of loneliness. We can all use some of that medicine these days! So, enjoy this extra time with your pet and don’t forget to pamper them on National Pet Day—April 11. Order some gifts from JCPenney now to show them your love.
Get Some Exercise
Make exercise a priority right now. Walks are good for both you and your pet to stay healthy. Fresh air and sunshine will do much to boost your mood. Remember to stay the appropriate distance away from others—no matter how much your dog tugs on its leash to visit the neighborhood pals. Make sure your dog has the right size collar and leash to keep them comfortable and secure. Some extra feisty and rambunctious dogs may need a harness as well. Reward them with treats and plenty of water after the walk. Stock up on some cute new pet bowls to make it even more inviting.
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It’s All Fun & Games
Inside or outside, it’s fun to have pet toys for your furry friend. One squeak from that favorite plush toy, and your best friend will come running, eager to fetch. Or, sometimes, just a good chew toy can keep puppies busy and help them learn to gnaw on items other than furniture or your shoes. Cats are intrigued by feathers, scratching posts, bells inside balls and string.
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And, although it may not be as fun for them, but it’s hilarious for others, dress up your animals. Practical pet clothes, like jackets or sweaters, are useful for cold-weather walks. And, shoes help protect delicate paw pads on the hot concrete during summer months. But, most clothes for animals are pure silliness, which makes them so great. Whether it’s a simple addition of a bandana or full-on costumes, it provides a nice little laugh. Some business (like my daughter’s dance studio) is even encouraging the kids to dress up their pets and send in a pic.
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Don’t Forget to Rest
It’s important to still get the recommended sleep to recharge your body and stay healthy. Pets certainly are on board with this concept. But, why not make their time snoozing a little more cozy? Buy a new pet bed for them and revel in their joy. Plush or firm. Pillow or blanket. Whatever your pet enjoys, find them the right style and color to match your home’s decor or your pet’s personality. Many pets like to have multiple places to sleep throughout the house. Give them a couple options to curl up and slumber. Lots of pets get accustomed to sleeping in crates. Make it extra homey with a plush pad inside.
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If you have a pet at home right now, consider yourself lucky. And, if you’d like a pet, now’s the ideal time to try it out. In fact, the GreaterGood.org is encouraging citizens to #StayHomeAndFoster. With remote working becoming the norm, having a pet around gives a good reason to take a break during the day. And, it’s definitely a perk-me up to get a glimpse of your furry friend on the video conferencing that we’re all doing now.