The novel coronavirus changed life as we knew it.
Most people would never have imagined the world coming to a standstill and everything closing down. Real-life suddenly looked like a scene out of the latest science-fiction movie.
Things also changed for our furry friends.
Online school and work from home became the new normal; our furry friends got used to having us around more than ever–most welcomed this change!
However, not that things are going back to normal, we need to ensure that our furry friends transition well to us going back to our ‘normal’ lives.
Pets and Covid-19
As the novel coronavirus spread across the globe, the news and media ran stories about the horrifying things going on. Thankfully, having our furry friends beside us is something that kept us sane.
They helped us curb anxiety and distress.
For those living alone, they were all the company we had! They, too, got used to us being around them all the time.
What Will Happen When Things Go Back to Normal?
Now that things are going back to normal, you will be spending more time away from your pet.
This can lead to separation anxiety.
All pets will be affected by your absence. However, dogs will be the most affected as they are pack animals and develop close bonds with their owners. They’re also more likely to show signs of separation anxiety.
Anxious and fearful dogs will probably be the most affected by your absence.
Cats, however, will be able to cope better than dogs as they are comparatively more independent and less emotionally demanding.
Smoothing the Transition
To ensure that your pet is able to cope with your absence, here are some things you can do:
- Try to maintain a routine that you can follow when things go back to normal. Take them out on a walk at a time that’ll suit you when you’re back to work
- Keep mealtime consistent and ensure that you’ll be able to keep up with the feeding schedule as things normalize
- Start staying away from your pet for some time during the day–gradually increasing the time spent apart to get them used to you not being around all the time
- Encourage your pet when they’re playing with toys
- Hire a Dog Walker or Petsitter to pop in and check on your pet throughout the day so this gives them some comfort and relief while your away.
Consistency is key in helping your pet cope with the changes that’ll eventually take place.
Your pet will not react well if you, all of a sudden, were gone for hours–leaving them alone at home. Doing this may lead to increased anxiety and destructive behaviors. Smoothing the transition is key to ensure your pet adjusts.