By TAMI PORT
Some pets are particularly prone to separation anxiety, and when left for long periods of time without suitable sources of entertainment, will express their frustration through destruction.
If you’re lucky, you come home and find a shredded sock. If you are not so lucky, you may find that your canine friend has done some major structural renovations to your home or that your cat has turned your shoe into an impromptu litter box.
An Enriched Environment
Many of us, while we work, have to be away from home for long stretches of time, leaving our pets alone, with nothing to do.
Here are some ways to keep your pets happy and occupied while you are gone:
Kong Toys Outside: These hollow rubber toys are widely used to keep zoo residents happy, but you can find smaller-sized versions at most pet stores. If you keep your dog outdoors, leave him with a Kong Toy filled with diluted, frozen chicken broth. Just plug one end of the toy, fill it with broth and freeze. Licking the melting broth is a time-consuming activity that can keep your dog occupied for hours and is particularly rewarding during the heat of summer.
Kong Toys Inside: Indoors Kongs can be filled with dry pet food. Make sure that the kibble is large enough and the Kong Toy small enough so that it takes some time and effort for your pet to get the food out. Freezing the mixture within the toy will keep your pet busy even longer.
Multi-Pet Household: If you have the space, get a companion for your companion. A pet is much less likely to dwell on your absence when it has another creature to keep it company.
Install a Pet Door: If you have a fenced-in area for your dog, install a pet door. An animal with some control over its environment and activities is going to be happier.
With just a little time, effort and cash, you can dramatically improve your pet’s quality of life, and make those stretches of time that your pet spends without you breeze by, trouble free.