New Year’s resolutions for pet owners

by PDSA | 23 December 2019 #Justforfun

It’s nearly 2020 and you might be thinking about a new year, new you – so why not include your pet in your resolutions?

We all make New Year’s resolutions, so we’ve put some together that pets can be involved in, too. Ideal if you have a hard time sticking to those promises you make yourself – doing something more for our pets is the extra motivation we all need.

Take a look at our top pet-related resolutions and let us know if you’ve got any on our social channels!

1. Get more exercise

Small dog doing agility

Everyone knows exercise is important for our health and mental wellbeing, but sometimes joining the gym in January seems like a good idea yet we never actually go. So, why not make your pet a part of it? Our 2018 PAW report found that 1.3 million dogs aren’t walked every day, so taking the time to schedule in at least two walks a day with your pooch can really help the both of you! There are also loads of ways you can exercise together.

If you have a cat, schedule in some extra playtime every day. We’ve got some great ways to encourage your cat to play, even if they seem a little lazy after the holidays!

2. Spend more time with loved ones

Cat asleep on owner's leg

Over Christmas, we tend to be home a lot more. This is great for our pets because they get to spend more time with us, but can also be really difficult for them when we go back to work or school and aren’t around as much. Some dogs can even suffer from separation anxiety and get really stressed.

Obviously, there’s not a lot we can do to change our work routine. Remember to make sure someone is there with your pet (a sitter or doggy daycare) so they aren’t alone for too long. When you are at home, make sure you put time aside to spend some quality time with your pet where they can have your attention all to themselves. You could play a fun game or even just sit and read a book while your cat curls up on your lap!

3. Learn something new

Dog giving high five to camera

This one’s more for dog owners. One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions we make is to learn something new. Why not include your four-legged friend in this, too? Learning a new trick or even just brushing up on their training can help you to spend more time with your pet and you’ll both be learning something new!

4. Eat healthy

Cat eating from bowl

We’re all a little guilty of over-indulging over Christmas and this can sometimes affect our pets, too (although we would always recommend feeding them a balanced diet no matter what time of year it is). January is a great time to stop the snacking and stick to a healthy diet – for the both of you!

Pop to your vet and have a chat with them to make sure your pet is on the right diet. If you tend to feed your pet table scraps, make a resolution to stop – it’ll really help your pet and it’ll help you to better balance their food. You can also take a look at our tips on what to feed your cat and what to feed your dog.

5. Taking better care of yourself

Cat being brushed under chin

Christmas always seems busy, so it’s no wonder a lot of people make a resolution to take more time out and better care of themselves in the New Year. Having a pet has loads of benefits for us as owners – including being good for our mental health. Therefore, spending more time with our pets can make us happy. What better way is there to spend time with our pets than taking care of them? (And, you know, all the other suggestions we’ve made above).

Giving their fur a brush is a great way to bond with your pet, while taking really good care of them. Don’t forget to read our top tips on grooming your pet.

Just like us, our pets also need space sometimes. If they don’t already have one, make a resolution to create your pet their own personal space somewhere quiet with all their favourite things where they can go to relax if they need to.

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