Loving your pet is easy. Making sure it stays healthy and safe can be more complicated, especially when you consider the range of illnesses and accidents that could strike a pet at any moment. The good news is there are plenty of experts out there who want to help you keep your furry friends happy and healthy —and they’ve got some surprising tips for how to do it!
Leaving a pet alone doesn’t mean they’ll be unhappy
You know that old saying, “A tired dog is a happy dog?” Well, it’s true. If you’ve got a pup who needs his energy burned off before bedtime, or your cat needs to stretch her legs after being in the car for too long, consider leaving them alone in their crates or carriers while you’re gone. You’ll be surprised at how happy they are when they see you again!
If your pet has never spent time in a crate before, leave them with something to chew on (like an old bone). They’ll probably be curious about what’s going on and might need some reassurance that everything is okay.
Pets can experience PTSD, too.
We’ve all heard of PTSD in humans. But, did you know some pets can experience it, too? It’s true!
People who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder have been through a traumatic event that was so frightening that their brains can’t process it normally. They often relive or re-experience the event over and over again and have flashbacks to it when they least expect them. They also avoid people or things associated with the trauma. This can lead to feelings of anxiety and fear that affect their daily lives for years after the event happened.
PTSD is common among war veterans who have seen combat or experienced sexual assault or other types of abuse as children; however, any pet could develop this condition after facing an extremely scary situation such as being attacked by another animal (or even an aggressive human). A dog could develop PTSD after witnessing his owner being beaten up by another man on the street; a cat might develop it if she was injured while hanging out at her favorite window spot during a tornado warning; even birds may feel traumatized if they were scared by loud thunderstorms during migrations season!
Overweight dogs are most likely to hurt themselves on walks.
It’s a fact: overweight dogs are more likely to hurt themselves on walks. They can’t run as quickly as slim dogs, so they’re more likely to trip and fall over something in their way. If they do fall, it’s going to take them a lot longer to get back up again—and that leaves them even more vulnerable to other dangers like passing cars or aggressive dogs. In addition, an overweight dog will have more difficulty staying cool than a fit one during hot weather; heatstroke is common among obese pets who are left out in the sun without shade or water.
Cats might attack your face because they remember being attacked there when they were kittens.
You might not have known that cats can have traumatic memories. But they can! The same way humans do. In fact, there are plenty of studies that show that animals can have PTSD, anxiety, and other emotional issues.
But even if your cat doesn’t have any of these conditions, he or she may still exhibit aggressive behavior toward you when you’re trying to hug him or her. And why? Because he or she remembers being attacked there by another cat when he was a kitten—and now he sees you as the enemy.
So what does this mean for you? If your kitty has been acting aggressively toward your face lately (or if he’s been acting aggressively in general), then maybe it’s time to try some behavior modification techniques with him—like using positive reinforcement with treats and rewards instead of scolding him when something goes wrong in order to get him started on the right foot so that he doesn’t become too scared around people again.
Having adequate pet insurance and making sure to update it regularly is a good way to manage the costs of caring for your pet.
When you’re looking for ways to care for your pet, it’s important to consider all the costs involved. Evaluating your pet insurance cost and making sure to update it regularly is a good way to manage the expenses of caring for your pet.
Pet insurance can help with unexpected veterinary bills, routine care, and medication needs (both preventative and emergency), as well as food and toys for your furry friend.
So that’s it, the end of our list. Hopefully, these random pet care tips have been helpful and informative—and maybe even a little surprising! We’re always happy to share what we know about our furry best friends. Thanks so much for reading, and don’t forget to check out our other blog posts here.