6 Tips for Busy Pet Owners
As a busy pet parent, life can be so hectic some days that you might not have enough time to really enjoy your furry friend. Fortunately, with a little organization, time management, outside help and lots of toys, you really can make extra time for snuggles. After all, more time having fun with your pet is more time enjoying your life together. Here are six tips to help you spend more quality time with your best friend.
1. Get Organized
Don't waste time looking for your pet's stuff or — worse yet — tripping over it. Save time by organizing your pet supplies so they're easy to keep track of. Hang leashes on hooks by the front door. Place baskets and cubbies in one area for important pet items like toys, brushes, waste bags, weather-appropriate pet attire and daily necessities like Milk-Bone® Brushing Chews®.
2. Prep for Feeding
Gathering your pet's feeding supplies together during mealtimes sucks up time. Satisfy hungry pets quickly with a dedicated feeding area in the kitchen or hallway where you can organize everything you need. Keep dry food in storage bins next to dishes and store canned food in a nearby cabinet. Don't forget to place a can opener nearby, too. The feeding area should include a food and water bowl with a mat underneath that can be wiped down or machine washed regularly. Also, keep a small dustpan or hand-held vacuum nearby for quick clean-ups.
3. Cover Up
Scrubbing pet fur and dirt off of furniture is a pain. Make cleaning a breeze by covering couches, chairs and pet beds with washable fabric throws. This way, you can easily toss the throws into the washing machine, giving you more time to spend with your furry buddy.
4. Keep a Schedule
Schedule regular walks or play sessions with kitties and pups at the same time throughout the day to make them easy to remember. You can even set reminders on your phone for these pet-dedicated appointments, guaranteeing daily quality time with your furry sidekick. These interactions with you will discourage destructive behaviors and accidents — preventing time-consuming clean ups.
5. Have Lots of Toys Around
Occupy your pet during the day so you're not spending your precious bonding time with a hyperactive kitty or pooch. Leave some treat balls, regular toys and automated toys around the house for your furry friend to play with. And choose size-appropriate toys that won't be a choking hazard when you can't be there to supervise.
6. Get Help
Bring your pup to doggie daycare or have a pet walker stop by your home. This will give her some fun exercise and a much-needed potty break to prevent accidents. Your kitty, too, can benefit from having a pet sitter stop in to scoop a litter box and play with him so he doesn't become lonely. Even one or two days a week will give them an attention and exercise boost.
Have some time-saving tips for fellow pet parents? Share them below!
Photo Credit 1: "Falling asleep in the sun with his fav toy" by Furya via Flickr.
Photo Credit 2: Susan Paretts
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