Keep That Pet Happy, And Your Home Will Thrive!

ktphDesigner collars, beds, and leashes. Home cooked meals and afternoons at the spa. In the face of all that we can do for our animal companions these days, I sometimes wonder if I pamper my cats and dogs enough. What do pets need to lead happy, fulfilled lives?

The key to pet happiness, I believe, lies not in “luxury” items, but in understanding an animal’s nature. One reason my family and I moved to a new house last year was to give our dogs a bigger yard. I am sure their rollicking runs mean more to them than designer coats or gourmet biscuits ever could. And for cats, a quiet window perch or a towel-lined cardboard box will breed more contentment than the swankiest collar ever possibly could.

You can sort out what suits your pet’s fancy from your own experience and by browsing the vast amounts of information available in books and magazines and on the Internet. What is their natural character? What makes your particular individual different from every other of the same species or breed? What can you do to coax the best from your pet?

Many beneficial services–hydrotherapy, acupuncture, humane training methods and equipment–are available. While wonderful, some are pricey. Yet others come dirt cheap: Simple massage produces abundant joy in achy or stressed-out pets.

In addition to reading books and magazines, spend time observing your pet. What stresses him, and what calms him, during the course of the day? You don’t need to be a behavioral scientist to pick up on a pet’s message. I learned a game from my dogs while toweling them off one rainy day. They seemed to like being rubbed dry, doubling up in wags of happiness and parading around the kitchen draped in their towels. When I went further with it, wrapping a towel around Momo’s head like a scarf and calling him “Granny,” the other dogs pushed their way into the action, eager for their turn. The Granny game now enlivens rainy days for all of us.

The only prerequisite for your pet’s inner happiness is you. And what’s more, when you let your pet relax or encourage his sense of fun or competition or adventure, you will find yourself brimming with comfort and joy as well. Exercising a dog, playing Ping Pong with a cat, or teaching your bird a foreign language will lift you out of your own frazzled and overbooked life. Pet massage will lower your blood pressure. Any of these activities–even simply observing your pet–breeds a contentment that no other activity can. It is here that pets find true fulfillment, enjoying their connection with humans. Food, clothing, shelter–pets need only the basics, as long as they have their person with them. The path to pet bliss is this simple: that when they look up, you are there.

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Designer collars, beds, and leashes. Horn ecooked meals and afternoons at the spa. In the face of all that we can do for our animal companions these days, I sometimes wonder if I pamper my cats and dogs enough. What do pets need to lead happy, fulfilled lives?

The key to pet happiness, I believe, lies not in “luxury” items, but in understanding an animal’s nature. One reason my family and I moved to a new house last year was to give our dogs a bigger yard. I am sure their rollicking runs mean more to them than designer coats or gourmet biscuits ever could. And for cats, a quiet window perch or a towel-lined cardboard box will breed more contentment than the swankiest collar ever possibly could.

You can sort out what suits your pet’s fancy from your own experience and by browsing the vast amounts of information available in books and magazines and on the Internet. What is their natural character? What makes your particular individual different from every other of the same species or breed? What can you do to coax the best from your pet?

Many beneficial services: hydrotherapy, acupuncture, humane training methods and equipment are available. While wonderful, some are pricey. Yet others come dirt cheap: Simple massage produces abundant joy in achy or stressed-out pets.

In addition to reading books and magazines, spend time observing your pet. What stresses him, and what calms him, during the course of the day? You don’t need to be a behavioral scientist to pick up on a pet’s message. I learned a game from my dogs while toweling them off one rainy day. They seemed to like being rubbed dry, doubling up in wags of happiness and parading around the kitchen draped in their towels. When I went further with it, wrapping a towel around Momo’s head like a scarf and calling him “Granny,” the other dogs pushed their way into the action, eager for their turn. The Granny game now enlivens rainy days for all of us.

The only prerequisite for your pet’s inner happiness is you. And what’s more, when you let your pet relax or encourage his sense of fun or competition or adventure, you will find yourself brimming with comfort and joy as well. Exercising a dog, playing PingPong with a cat, or teaching your bird a foreign language will lift you out of your own frazzled and overbooked life. Pet massage will lower your blood pressure. Any of these activities, even simply observing your pet breeds a contentment that no other activity can. It is here that pets find true fulfillment, enjoying their connection with humans. Food, clothing, shelter; pets need only the basics, as long as they have their person with them. The path to pet bliss is this simple: that when they look up, you are there.

3 thoughts on “Keep That Pet Happy, And Your Home Will Thrive!

  1. I am a pet owner and proud to say that reading the article, I just proved to myself that I am doing the right thing for my pet. I do not have much money to spend for gourmet cookies but I serve them the right amount of nutritious meal. We have a big yard and I let them run and play there. I treat my pet as if it is one of my family members.

  2. I actually did not grow up with pets. But since I got married to a man who is very fond of dogs and cats, I have learned how to care for them. In fact, whenever my husband is busy, I am the one who feeds and plays with his pets. I take them to a massage parlor for pets when I feel like giving them a treat.

  3. This reminded me of my pets’ needs apart from food. I have forgotten about their need for a bigger area where they can play and relax. I actually asked everyone at home to keep the pets inside so they won’t be untidy. But I realized, they need freedom.

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