At PetsForever, we show our pets every day how much we love them and appreciate having them in our lives. So, we came up with some fun ideas to make them feel extra special on Valentine’s Day!
Most dogs aren’t a fan of hugs, and although the best way to their heart is through their stomach, you need to limit the treats to help prevent obesity and other health issues.
Also, keep in mind, just because your cat rolls on the ground and exposes her tummy, doesn’t mean she is asking for a belly rub.
PetsForever resident veterinarian Dr Katie Hankins from Savvy Pets Behavioural Vets has some other ideas!
“Dogs love a good scratch behind the ears and chest!” she said. “Rather than a regular walk, take your pooch out for a ‘snifari’ – let your dog have a really good sniff rather than a power walk.”
Play fetch at the park, go on a pet friendly holiday or snuggle together! Grooming is also a great way to bond with your dog!
“Add some extra enrichment – get them a sand pit to dig in,” she suggested.
Why not ditch the bowl and use a puzzle feeder? Pop their biscuits in a cardboard box (no staples or tape) and let them destroy it!
For your feline friend, buy some fresh cat grass, Dr Hankins added.
“Add vertical spaces – cat trees, cat towers and climbing shelves are brilliant! Cats love feeder toys, too, especially Doc & Phoebe Mouse Feeders,” she said.
To show your love to your tweety bird, sing softly, hold and pat them (if they allow) and share a yummy treat, such as some freshly chopped veggies and fruit.
Add some extra enrichment, like foraging toys and a cardboard box to play in.
To show your bunny rabbit how much you love them, give your time to exercise them. Create a fun new playground – including a ‘dig box’ – for them to enjoy, explore and play in!
“Rub their head, nose and chin (if they permit) and brush them,” said Dr Hankins.