Has your pet been acting strangely during quarantine? Here’s what you need to know to understand your pet’s behavior as the lockdown continues.
At this point in quarantine, everyone is getting a little stir-crazy. Unfortunately, “everyone” doesn’t just apply to humans.
While your pet may make quarantine easier for you by keeping you company, it’s important to remember that they’re a living creature too – and they’re also stuck in the house. Here’s what you need to know about taking care of your pet during the quarantine.
Your Pet May Grow Over-Attached
Like many people in quarantine, your pet may be stressed out by their inability to leave the house. Or maybe they’ve just grown used to seeing you in the house all the time. They may show increased demands for attention or react with anxiety when you leave the house.
For those who just got a new pet before quarantine started, it’s important to try to socialize them as well as you can. Take them for frequent walks if you can. Let them see your neighbors or your coworkers on a Zoom call, even if they can’t pet them. The more they see people who aren’t you, the easier it will be for them to adjust to post-quarantine life.
Alternately, Your Pet May Grow Sick of You
Yes, for all you adoring pet owners out there: it’s possible for your pet to get sick of you. If you’ve been spending all day, every day at home with your pet, they may start avoiding you.
This isn’t necessarily a sign of any behavioral problems; it’s possible that they simply need space after being stuck in the house for weeks. If your pet starts avoiding you, make sure to give them some space.
Your Pet is Acting Out Because They’re Under-Stimulated
Everyone is getting bored in quarantine right now. This probably includes your pet, and it may cause them to become agitated or needy.
Try taking them for walks or teaching them new tricks. It’ll keep them stimulated while they’re in quarantine – and hey, you might as well, since you’re stuck in the house, too.
Set Some Structure Within Your Home
Training a pet is based on setting up certain rules and structures for them to follow. Quarantine may have skewed these structures, and your pet may be confused.
Make sure you set new rules down for quarantine. Don’t play with your pet in areas where you’ll probably be working. Otherwise, they’ll start expecting attention when you sit down for a Zoom meeting. In addition, try to feed them at regular times in order to maintain some sense of structure.
Different Pets will React in Different Ways
Since quarantine has started, some people have been coping better than others. Some of us are staying productive; others are reconsidering their life choices, for better or worse. Some of us just want it to be over already.
Animals, like people, are individuals, and they’ll each have different reactions to being stuck inside. It’s important to remember that when considering the best way to take care of your pet during the quarantine.