Congratulations on your new furry friend! In all the excitement and activity, it’s important to remember that pets, like people, need time and space to become pals on their own terms. Here’s how to set them up for peaceful coexistence and lifelong companionship.
You don’t go to bed without brushing your teeth or work out without rinsing off afterward. Chances are, when you need to relax or clear your head, a quick shower or long bath always helps. Good hygiene is as much as a necessity for your pet as it is for you, and grooming is one of the best, most manageable ways to maintain it. Plus, groomed pets are healthier, happier, and easier to live with, although proper grooming is not one-size-fits-all. Here’s the lowdown on proper practices.
Both dogs and cats are creatures of habit, so establishing a routine is critical for their well-being and long-term happiness. Whether you yourself have an established routine or live everyday with a good bit of change or variety, there are a few surefire ways that you and your pet can develop simple but valuable rituals.
Pets are part of the family: They share our daily routines, celebrate with us, and are there at the end of a bad day. So, when you crash on the couch or curl up in bed, do you let them come with you? At Pampered Pets, we provide overnight petsitting and have seen it all, so we can maintain whatever habits your pet is accustomed to.
Studies show that people enjoy a boost in happiness and decrease in stress as a result of spending time with pets—although you probably didn’t need a study to tell you that! But did you know your furry friend reaps the benefits too (and gets bummed out when you’re absent)? Here’s why it’s so important to log quality, one-on-one time with your pet, plus our favorite ways to make that happen.
Leave out a cardboard box — or plastic bin, shoebox, you name it — and it seems like your kitty always makes her way inside. Turns out there’s a real scientific basis for this (beyond just to look cute), and it teaches a valuable lesson to anyone who wants to keep their cat happy.
Just like human flu, dog flu is highly contagious and transmitted through close contact. Although there haven’t been any recent outbreaks in the New York area, there have been many cases recently in several states. It’s much more likely to spread in such a concentrated vicinity if a pup here came down with it, so the best thing you can do as a dog owner is to read up and be prepared.
There’s a reason they call old age ‘the golden years’ — so many good things can be said of senior pets. As they get older, their personalities fully develop and they tend to mellow out a bit. They also have improved focus, proving that you really can teach an old dog new tricks. Some pets even get distinguished gray fur or whiskers. And, just like people, pets’ needs change with age.
As a devoted pet owner, you probably have vivid memories of the day you first met your furry friend — whether you found him at a shelter or from a breeder, got him as a puppy or later in life. Now, through this brilliant idea, those memories are being caught on camera. It’s too sweet not to share!
It’s easy to tell when cats are happy—they purr, bump their heads up against you, and use their paws to gently “knead” you. Massaging your cat is another surefire way to bond with him and promote trust (and when you give Kitty a massage, he might just massage you back!). Here’s how to do it right.