How to care for your pet when you’re self-isolating?
Pets are brilliant at keeping us company and lifting our moods when we need it most – exactly what we need when we’re spending more time at home in these unusual times.
Luckily, your cat or dog will be delighted by the extra attention, particularly if it means snoozing on your lap while you work from home, or a game of fetch on your lunch break!
We all know too well how important it is to look after our own health right now, and our pets are a big part of our lives, so here’s a few ways you can ensure you can stay healthy while hanging out together.
Stay on top of regular treatments
With the whole household spending more time at home, it’s even more important to ensure your pets don’t bring any hitchhiking fleas or ticks from your garden.
Keeping on top of your usual flea, tick and worming treatments will help prevent an infestation keeping your pet and your household healthy.
There’s help if your pet falls ill
Many veterinarians are continuing to work, ensuring our pets stay safe and well. If your pet does fall ill, it may be possible to visit your veterinarian. However, their opening hours may differ from the usual due to the movement control order.
In majority of cases, your veterinarian will still be able to provide support. Check with your veterinarian before you bring your pet for a visit.
When our movements are restricted, regular exercise is key for us and our pets so we stay healthy physically and mentally. You may be anxious to ensure your pet doesn’t get bored but it is possible to over-stimulate pets, so build in some quiet time too.
If you have a private garden, keep active with your dog by playing games. In those areas where you are not able to go outside at all, there are some great ways to exercise indoors, such as by creating obstacle courses and keeping them mentally stimulated by teaching them new tricks.
It can be easy to assume that your feline friend sleeps all day but if you’re restricting them from going outside, you’ll need to ensure you’ve got some exciting toys and games that keep them moving. For house cats, it’s you who is invading their days of solitude, so be prepared to give them the space and time alone that they’re used to.
Taking your pets to the toilet
One of the biggest issues will be how to take your pets for a poo. If you don’t have a private outdoor space and your outside time is restricted, you may need to go back to some potty training.
Choose a space in your home where you would prefer your dog or cat to do their business and put down newspaper or absorbent pet pads and for cats, you may have an old litter tray in the storeroom from the kitten days. It’s important to wash your hands and the area regularly to avoid any diseases that can be spread from pets to humans. Find some more guidance on helping your pet poop.
Remember, other people may find it hard to look after their pet at this time, particularly if they are elderly or fall ill, you may want to check in with your neighbors in case they need help with their pets or accessing essential items.
For any further advice you need on COVID-19 , refer to government communications and the World Health Organization