Being around nonthreatening animals, domesticated or otherwise, calms humans. The reason for this seems buried in our prehistory: Back then when we had been around other animals and all was calm, that meant predators were not lurking nearby, about to vie. Plus, the weather was likely fine.
When we’re less stressed we now have more mental energy at our disposal to do whatever we’ve set out to accomplish, whether that is having a good time hanging out with household members, writing a book or planning dinners for the next week. But there’s a catch: Having animals in our home is excellent for us psychologically only if these animals are happy and healthy. They add to the strain in our lives if they’re not. (A moping dog or a out-of-sorts cat does not improve anyone’s day.)
The good thing is that layout can make animals happier, just as it can people. You can produce a home where your pets feel as great as you do. It is hard to read the heads of pets, but when you learn about them as they spend time in your home, you’ll discover ways you may create your special animal buddy feel especially happy. Here are only a few ways to keep pets in great spirits.
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1. Some privacy, please! Make sure that your pet has privacy. Cats feel comfortable in their litter boxes whenever they’re at a room all their own.
Dogs may need a place in your home where they can get away from demanding kids or loud music, too. A covered kennel, doghouse or bed at a laundry area might be just the thing.
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2. Create sheltered spaces for pets to lounge in. Pets want places where they can decompress, just as you do. Those areas do not always have to be completely away from humans, however. Our pets are societal but great at self-preservation, just like we are.
Many animals, including humans, feel protected when danger can not creep upon them. While in the present world that is not as likely as tens of thousands of years ago, we’re still hardwired to believe that way.
So providing a safe spot where a pet can definitely let down their guard is vital. This feline feels at peace because the chair has a high back and can be at a corner, assuring the cat that nothing is going to creep up. Provide that security and you’ll have a serene, happy pet.
3. Construct in a opinion. Pets will need to survey their land. Being able to look out the window while relaxing, as cats and dogs can perform with this cushioned shelf, is desirable.
In case you don’t have windows that are high, consider putting a safe pet gate in an opened door that leads outside.
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4. Let in scents and sounds. Animals rely on smells and sounds more than humans do. To let them feel safe, having open windows enables them to hear and smell what is lurking in their environment.
5. For exercising include places. Cats like climbing on cat trees, shelves, furniture, and anything that enables movement and elevates them off the floor. Small dogs like being able to run down long hallways without slipping and slipping, so add carpeting when possible.
6. Support aging pets. As pets get older, their needs vary, just as humans’ do. Recognizing those changes will prolong the positive relationship you’ve got with your pet.
Dogs’ joints, such as ours, stiffen up when they become older. Senior dogs like eating from a bowl put on a stand or brief bench that raises the bowl large enough above the floor so they can eat at a standard standing posture — no need to reduce the front part of the body or head too much.
Your turn What is your pet’s favorite place in your property?
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