With 2021 well under way, and the Covid-19 vaccine being distributed, the events of 2020 are slowly becoming a distant memory. Having spent more time than ever at home in the last year, we are confident that many of you reading this have developed a deeper bond with your beloved pet throughout that time. The prospect of one day heading back to the office and not working from home with them by your side is not a pleasant one!
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, what better time to shower them with love than on the day dedicated to love? Not to mention, you can get some inspiration for your pet’s birthday gift here, too; all those pet parents looking to shower their four-legged friend with love, we have you covered! Detailed below are some of the ways to spoil your pets in 2021.
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Do Something That They Love to Do
Whether this be spending the day snuggling on the sofa watching some TV, or going for a long walk in local woodland, as a pet parent, you are sure to know precisely what your pet enjoys doing! Like humans, cats and dogs feel basic emotions, like sadness, joy, and many others.
By spending time with them and showering them with affection, you will be ensuring that they are as happy and loved as they can be. That being said, we are confident that this is something that you would be doing all year round either way! However, one thing to consider is that cats and dogs have boundaries, much like humans do. If you can see them becoming agitated or overwhelmed, remember to take a step back and give them some space.
Buy Something New for Your Pet
While our four-legged friends are sure to be spoiled throughout the rest of the year, nothing is stopping you from getting them a small (or big) gift to let them know how much they are loved and appreciated. When considering what to buy your pet, you are truly spoiled for choice, as will they be! There are vast ranges of items on the market, both for those on a budget and for those who are looking to splurge on a luxury item for their beloved four-legged friend.
Hundreds of online pet shops provide all the pet supplies you would ever need to ensure that your pet is well looked after. These can include such things as luxury pet food, treats, comfortable beds, and of course, toys. Time For Paws is but one of these stores and can advise new pet parents and the more seasoned owners among us of what to get for your pet on this special day! To find out more about the selection of pet supplies that they have available, check out timeforpaws.co.uk.
Allowing your pet to choose what you buy is also a fun way of getting them involved in the process, that is, if you don’t want it to be a surprise for them!
Making Them Something
This is a broad term but can be interpreted in numerous ways. If you are somewhat of a creative person, consider creating something to mark this occasion with your dog, whether that be a new cushion for them to sleep on or a blanket for your cat to claim as their own, so they stop stealing yours; the choice is entirely yours!
For those who want to get their dog more involved, consider trying to get your dog to create their own piece of art, following inspiration from social media platform TikTok. Put paint on a canvas that is inside a plastic sheet, and then spread some peanut butter onto the plastic. The peanut butter will entice the dog to lick the sheet, spreading the paint around on the canvas beneath. Not only will you have a happy pup who has enjoyed a delicious snack, but you will also have a piece of artwork created by them. Just call them pup-casso!
If you are not incredibly creative, but enjoy baking and cooking, research a pet-friendly recipe, and whip something up. Naturally, as a devoted pet parent, you would already understand the types of things that are safe for your pet to consume and what isn’t. However, if you are a new pet parent who is still getting to grips with this new chapter of your life, spending a short time researching what is safe will be beneficial for this special occasion and the future too.
These are but some of the ways that you can spoil your four-legged friend, whether on Valentine’s Day, their birthday, or just because you want to! Whether you choose to do one of the suggestions or couple a few of them together for a jam-packed day, we are confident that you will have fun showering your pet with love, and they will certainly reciprocate.