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Chloe started hiding shoes around the house. That’s when her pet parents knew something was up.
Saying hello to fall includes a shift in routines
Structured schedules, commitments, and fresh classmates become the new normal.
Believe it or not, pets pick up on their human’s emotions. They might feel anxious with your new routine.
Dogs and cats pick up emotional cues we give off (angry voices, stressed-out expressions) and might act out.
Help your cats and dog with gradual changes to your routine
- Ease change for cats:
- Cats feel safe when they have a routine. “Cats develop their daily habits based on their human’s schedule and household habits,” notes Dr. John Faught. When patterns shift, cats might show signs of anxiety or physical health changes.
- Visitors to your home may seem like strangers in your cat’s environment. Introduce new people into the home in small chunks before your child’s first sleepover.
- Calm transitions for dogs:
- If you can, avoid a sudden drop from 1-hour walks to 10-minute ones.
- Yet, a quick morning jaunt is better than nothing. It helps dogs vent anxiety and unload energy.
- Buy toys like puzzles to stimulate your pup’s brain during quiet or solo time.
- Socializing is great for your dog, yet unfamiliar playmates and schedules can throw them off. Build up to overnight boarding, daily playcare, or pet playdates.
Keep your pets healthy during new fall routines.