The holiday season has snuck up again! Between family, friends, food and travel the time from Thanksgiving to New Years can be incredibly stress inducing not only for you, but especially for your pet. Whether you are staying home and hosting guests, travelling across the country or going to your neighbor’s house - the holiday craze can cause even the happiest of pets to feel overwhelmed.
If you’re a cat parent, you know that the cat nap is a very real thing. Sometimes it might even seem like your cat spends all day asleep. Well, it’s true that cats do sleep quite a bit—an average of 12-16 hours a day, which is much more than we humans do. However, that means that she is awake for upwards of 8 hours daily, leaving plenty of time for activities such as eating and grooming. But what else should your cat be spending time doing in order to be living her best life?
Your dog's crate is their den of serenity, a safe spot of their own where they can relax away from the outside world. And though the instinct to curl up in a secure place stretches back to wolf ancestors, today's dogs benefit from correctly introducing crate time and teaching them to enjoy their sanctuary. Once they learn to love their crate, it's invaluable for house training, as well as keeping dogs from finding mischief when pet parents are away. Portable crates even provide a safe place and a great solution when travelling.
For families with non-furry kids as well as kids with wagging tails, this time of year can mean lots of change and excitement. Keep in mind that when students head back to school it means big adjustments for the entire family—including your dog. Here are some tips for easing the transition.