Love Your Pet Day on February 20 is a chance for you to shower your furry, feathered, or scaly friend with a little extra attention and affection. Here are five ways to show you care:
Love a shelter pet
Share your love of pets by giving back. Animal shelters are always in need of volunteers. Tight on time? Consider donating items like food and pet supplies. Most shelters are happy to share their wish list if you ask. Fostering a pet is another way you can give back.
Give your pet extra attention
We love our pets, but sometimes we’re busy and can’t give them all the attention they deserve. Play with your dog or kitty. Give your guinea pig or iguana extra time to roam and explore. You know your animal, so give them whatever they like best: a walk, a cuddle, or a chance to explore.
Give your pet a treat
Bring home your pet’s favorite tidbit, or try something new to tempt them. If you like to cook, you’ll find many DIY pet treat recipes online, whether you have a dog, cat, or horse. Even if your pet is on a special diet, there are many non-food treats like catnip or chews for dogs.
Bring home a new toy
You don’t have to spend a lot of money (or sometimes any money) to provide your pet with a novel distraction. The internet is filled with many ideas for homemade pet toys. Sometimes, simple objects are the best. Cat owner especially, know the almost irresistible lure that a cardboard box presents to many felines.
Keep your pet healthy
Make sure your friend is up to date on their vaccinations and healthcare. Routine wellness checks and care such as vaccination and worming can prevent many diseases, including those like rabies that can spread to people. Help your pet live a long and healthy life.