Our furry friends are used to working from home and missing us during the day. But due to the COVID-19 crisis, they’re unexpectedly dealing with living in a non-stop full house. And while they’re thrilled to have their people around — even cats, the original social distancers — they’re picking up on a lot of our tension and anxiety, missing their naps and downtime, and feeling as frustrated about staying inside as we are. All of these emotions build up over time, and it can lead to acting out and depression. That’s why we’ve put together a guide on how to help your pet deal with the anxiety of our current situation.
THE QUARANTINE GUIDE TO STRESS RELIEF
GIVE PETS SOME SPACE
Create a zone for your pet where they can catch up on naps and unwind without people or other animals around. Pick a quiet room away from all the activity of the house, and maybe consider a cave bed your pet can burrow in.
Ethical Pet Sleep Zone Cuddle Cave Bed
Midwest Quiet Time Pet Bed
HELP DOGS RELAX NATURALLY
The irony of trying to treat your pet’s anxiety is that it can often cause a lot of worries for you. Are there side effects? Will it knock them out? Breathe easy. These chews only use all-natural calming ingredients, including antibody-rich colostrum and L-Theanine, an amino acid commonly found in tea leaves. Plus, they’re non-addictive and don’t cause drowsiness or impaired motor skills.
Pet Naturals Calming Dog Chews
USE CBD TO BOOST PET EMOTIONS — AND HEALTH
It not only naturally reduces anxiety and helps your pet stay emotionally balanced, but CBD also takes really good care of their body. Benefits may include a stronger immune system, a healthier intestinal tract, and even reduced pain. And since stress tends to wear pets down physically, what better time to be proactive about their health? For now, these products are only available in store.
CALM YOUR CAT WITH PHEROMONES
How do felines let us know they’re feeling upset? By scratching and spraying their surroundings. But it’s not passive aggressiveness — they’re actually spreading pheromones, the chemical substance their body releases to communicate messages. The good news is, we can communicate right back the same way. Pheromone diffusers mimic cat chemical communication to convince your feline that a space has already been marked with their familiar scent. This helps them relax, not to mention saves your furniture.
Comfort Zone Feliway Spray for Cats