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By Lindsay Pollard-Post
The decorations have come down, kids are back at school and gyms are packed with people trying to keep their New Year’s resolutions: Another holiday season is a wrap. But did your animal companions get everything on their wish list? Sure, squeaky toys and catnip mice are fun, but if dogs and cats could send letters to Santa, their lists would likely include a few items that we’ve overlooked. Are your animals still wishing for these things?
A new outfit: That old choke chain, prong collar or shock collar isn’t just unsightly—it’s insufferable. These collars can cause all kinds of harm—from thyroid injuries to neck damage to fear and anxiety. Your pups would love a humane “wardrobe refresh” of a simple nylon buckle collar and a comfortable harness for walks. And make sure that your cats wear a breakaway safety collar that allows them to escape if it becomes snagged on something.
A vacation: You don’t have to book a trip to Tahiti to satisfy your dogs’ desire for a change of scenery. Visiting a local dog park, beach or hiking trail a couple of times a week, in addition to daily walks, can lift your dogs’ spirits and provide the mental and social stimulation that they need. Spice up your cats’ lives with a window perch for watching the birds and squirrels (“cat TV”), or treat them to a “catio”—an outdoor enclosure just for felines. Some cats also enjoy exploring the outdoors safely on a harness and leash after being introduced to them gradually and patiently. Just be sure to supervise your animals closely whenever they’re outside.
Housecleaning service: OK, not really, but what cat wouldn’t appreciate a tidier litterbox? Felines are fastidious. Having to tiptoe through a dirty box is detrimental to their well-being and can lead to house soiling. Keep your cats’ bathrooms squeaky clean by scooping them at least twice daily and providing at least one box per cat.
A beauty treatment, in the comfort of their own home: Grooming isn’t a luxury—it’s essential for animals’ health. Regular, gentle brushing will keep their coats mat- and tangle-free. Frequent nail trims are vital, too, in order to prevent painful overgrown nails and to keep cats from shredding the couch. And don’t forget dental care: Put a dab of specially formulated animal toothpaste on your finger and gently rub it along your animals’ teeth. Once they accept this, try using a soft toothbrush, moving in gentle circles.
Better health: No one enjoys feeling sick, and dogs and cats can be masters of disguise when it comes to hiding illness and injuries. So if your pals haven’t been to the veterinarian recently, schedule a checkup, and have them spayed or neutered, too—it protects them from several types of cancer of the reproductive system and prevents them from bringing more animals into a world that’s already short on good homes.
A surprise: Skip the pricey subscription boxes and use an empty cardboard box to create a fun kitty toy. Cut several holes in the top and sides, insert a rolled-up ball of foil or a catnip toy and tape it shut for hours of feline entertainment. Or thrill your cats with free finds from the outdoors, such as fallen feathers, crunchy leaves (nonpoisonous, of course), dried seaweed or other bits of nature.
Time with the ones they love most: Dogs and cats are social beings who crave attention and interaction with their families. So set down the smartphone, put your chores on hold and make time every day to play with, cuddle, walk, groom and dote on your animals. It’s a gift for you, too.