Pet and parent separation anxiety and ways to manage it

The current covid pandemic has given pet parents the unusual luxury of being able to spend some extra quality time with their fur babies. With the majority of businesses finally opening back up, the reality of going back to work for many people has brought up the fear that this might cause separation anxiety for their pets.

Disruptive behaviour is often a clear indicator of separation anxiety for pets at home. To make sure you have a smooth transition from being home all day with your fur kids to leaving them alone while you go to work, we’ve put together some top tips to help you and your pets cope best.

1. Stick to a routine

Quarantine seems to have done away with routine for most of us but with your pets it is important to establish one. The order of a set routine will help them feel safe and secure and keep them from taking out their frustration on your furniture. Work on setting specific meal times, play time and walks. You will have a calm and happy pet as a result.

2. Exercise is key

Never before has a walk or playtime in the garden been so necessary. Not only is exercise an important part of your pets routine but essential to taking away the stress of a change in the home environment. Walking your dog before you leave the house or getting a play tree for your cats to scratch and climb will release a lot of pent up energy and have them napping for most of the time you are away.

3. Keep them busy with toys and treats

Exercising your pets mind is just as important as exercising their bodies. Brain games like those from Trixie and stuffed Kongs are just a few ways to keep your fur kids engaged for hours. Slip them a game before you leave and chances are they won’t even notice you’re gone.

4. Put on some background noise

Just like humans, animals respond positively to soothing images and sounds. If you have an anxious pet at home, leaving the TV on or playing some music can help them feel a lot calmer.

5. Get your pet a friend.

Two heads are always better than one and sometimes all your pet needs is a friend to spend their time with. If you have space in your home and your heart for another furry family member, please consider adopting. You can give a deserving animal a loving home and get a companion for your pet.

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Most importantly your pet needs to know that no matter how many times you leave that you will come back to them. To get them used to being on their own you can start by leaving them alone for a few minutes at a time and gradually increase this time depending on how comfortable they are. We hope these tips will help ease separation anxiety for your pets after lockdown and give you peace of mind when you go back to work. Feel free to check out our online store for some great games and treats to keep your pets busy when they are home alone.