Resolutions abound in the New Year, but as you are looking to fulfil them one at a time, don’t you ever forget about your pets. It’s going to be a new start for your cats and dogs, too. While they may not be aware of it, they will definitely benefit from a renewed beginning.
To keep your pets healthy and active, here are some useful tips we have gathered.
1. Prioritise walking and playtime.
With all those hectic schedules and rapid changes in the temperature, it can be tempting to skip playtime with your pets. However, did you know that even the simplest walking is healthy, not only for your pets, but for you as well. Therefore, make quality pet time your priority!
2. Make sure he is getting the right amount of nutrition.
Just as we resolve to eat healthy in the New Year, it is essential to pay attention to your pet’s diet, too. If possible, research to know the different nutritious options that are available for your pet. But if you are uncertain about this, it is best to speak with the vet. For sure, he can recommend some brands that are ideal for your fur babies.
3. Be updated on all preventive treatments.
Even if your cats are always indoors, they are still at risk to flea, ticks, and heartworms. Thus, it would be right to remind yourself all the time to bring them to the vet at least once a month. Mark your calendars if you can, just so you can’t forget.
4. Schedule appointments with the vet.
As mentioned above, it is really important for pets to have their regular checkup with the vet. Then again, the frequency of the vet visits depends on the breed and age of course. Hence, ask the vet to know how often you should be going to the clinic.
5. Take care of those behavioural issues.
Are you having a hard time dealing with those behavioural issues? Make sure you do something about it before it gets worse. If you don’t know what to do, it is best to seek advice from experts. Research online or ask other animal breeders. Once you have answers, apply it right away. The earlier you fix those problems, the earlier will it be to correct them.
6. Consider adopting.
Of course, we treat our pets like Kings and Queens. But as the year starts, we should not forget that there are many other cats and dogs in shelters that need a loving home and a family. In 2017, make an effort to donate or volunteer at local animal shelters. If not, become a foster parent for pets, even for a short span of time so as to ease the transition to their new home. It’s a great way to give back to the community.
7. Update the information on your pet’s tags.
Have you gotten a new cellphone number? Did you move into a new house? If so, do not forget to update your pet’s ID tag. It has to reflect all the changes so in case your fur baby gets lost, you will still be at easy knowing that whoever finds him will be able to call you right away.
8. Explore new and exciting activities.
Spending time outdoors is a great treat for you and your pets. Not only will it keep you fit, it’ll also strengthen your bond. On the coming year, it will be nice if you can schedule a camping out on the mountain or at least a week out of town. If that is not possible, you can invest in cat scratching posts.
9. Stimulate the brain.
Cats and dogs enjoy playing, but there is one important part of the body you must never forget about – the brain. In order to exercise and stimulate it, introduce different tricks and mind games. There are even many different toys designed for mental stimulation. You can go to pet supply stores to see the wide variety of options available.
10. Stop offering table scraps.
If you are used to letting several pieces of food fall off your plates, then it’s time to stop that habit. Feeding table scraps to your four-legged pals may appear harmless, but all that excess food can result in obesity or can make them sick. Well, if you can’t resist your pet’s adorable eyes, give him one of his own treats.
The New Year is the best time to enjoy a whole new start and focus on the things we need to change. But that doesn’t mean you have to wait for a new chapter to start before you’ll change anything. Every day is a new beginning, so make the most out of it. In the long run, you and your beloved pets will reap the perks.