Does Your Pet Have the Back-to-School Blues?
Summer is a time when many families decide to bring home a new pet. When children are home from school, and routines are more relaxed, more time can be spent helping the new pet adjust, and teaching children about the responsibilities of pet ownership. When the school year starts, and routines change drastically, the pet can easily become confused or develop separation anxiety. This is especially true of pets who were brought home as puppies or kittens, and are now entering adolescence.
If you suspect your pets have the back-to-school blues, be sure to include them in the morning routine. Feed them one of their main meals at this time, as they are more likely to sleep throughout the day if their belly is full. Designate a special toy that is only given to them by the children, and only as the children are leaving for the day. Look for toys marketed as food puzzles or brain teasers that will allow your pet to entertain himself. A “cat sitter” DVD with images of birds and squirrels can keep a bored kitty entertained for hours. Allow both pets and children to play together and blow off steam as soon as the kids get home. When it’s time for homework, encourage the pet to sit quietly near the children as they study. Making the afternoon routine predictable and fun will give your pets something to look forward to, and make it easier for them to cope with being alone throughout the day.
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