We know many parents have a favorite, although often every child is a favorite for different reasons. For example, your eldest child may be your favorite because they take on the responsibility of looking after their younger siblings. Or, you may especially love your youngest because they show so much love for your pets. The same can hold true for pets—who sometimes may edge out your children in the “favorite” category. You may say you love your cat the most because of their independent attitude, but your canine’s cuddles when you’re sick can’t be topped.
To show each of your pets that they are your “favorite,” spend time with them doing their most-loved activities. Nothing says “I love you” more than paying attention to your pet’s wants and needs. Here are four fun ways to show your pet they are the favorite in your household.
#1: Spend one-on-one time with your pet
In the hustle and bustle of a household filled with kids and an assortment of pets, a pet can easily feel lost amongst all the commotion. To ensure you don’t ignore your furry pal during the chaos of daily life, set aside special one-on-one time to interact with your pet. Whether you need to go into a bedroom to spend time playing with your pet, or take a walk in a different neighborhood, ensure your pet has your complete focus and attention. Spending devoted one-on-one time with each pet also helps you clue in sooner to health and behavior issues that may have gone unnoticed until they became serious problems.
#2: Take time each day to participate in your pet’s favorite activity
Knowing exactly what your pet likes to do is a sure sign that you love them, especially when you set aside time each day for their favorite activity. Each pet will have their own activity that they love the most, so spend time figuring out what will make your pet happiest. Cats, for example, have particular prey preferences for playtime, and learning their preference will entice them into being active each day. Your dog, on the other hand, may prefer a leisurely stroll where they can sniff every leaf and bush along the way, or a game of fetch. Spending time determining which activity your pet loves is a sure sign they are your favorite.
#3: Spoil your pet with their favorite healthy treat
Food is one of the most common ways people show their pets how much they love them, but too much of a good thing can lead to health issues, such as obesity, diabetes, and pancreatitis. The best way to spoil your pet is to ensure the treats are healthy choices, and that they comprise only 20% of their daily total caloric intake. Healthy treats for pets include:
- Lean, cooked meat (e.g., chicken breast and salmon)
- Fresh vegetables (e.g., broccoli, green beans, and carrots)
- Fresh fruit (e.g., bananas, apples, and berries)
When giving your pet “people foods,” ensure the meat is fully cooked, that all items are unseasoned, and you are not giving them toxic foods.
You can also bake a variety of treats for your pet using their favorite ingredients, such as peanut butter, cheese, tuna, and bacon. However, give these snacks in moderation, because they tend to be high in calories.
#4: Set aside time for a special grooming session for your pet
Helping your pet look and feel their best is an excellent way to show how much you love them. A relaxing grooming and massage session gives you time to enjoy each other’s company, while also giving you the opportunity to check your furry pal for lumps, bumps, wounds, and external parasites. If you don’t have time to pick through your long-coated pet’s tangles, schedule a grooming session with our team.
The next time you call to schedule your pet’s boarding or grooming services, rest assured that you’re showing your favorite pal how much you love them. Although your pet can’t fully understand your language, they understand kindness and affection through your actions. And, what better way to reward your furry friend for a lifetime of love than a fresh new haircut? Contact our Pet Resort at Stone Ridge team to schedule your pet’s grooming appointment, and help them feel their best.