Pet ownership in the US is incredibly popular.
67 percent of American households own a pet. That’s 85 million families!
Plus, there’s been a rise in the number of families who decide to go the pet-owning route. When this survey was first taken in 1988, the number was down by almost 60 percent.
Families love all kinds of pets, too. Of course, dogs come out on top, but there are also cats, freshwater fish, birds, horses, reptiles, smaller animals such as bunnies—you name it!
Are you wondering how to pamper your pet in creative ways? After all, there’s nothing more satisfying than the wag of a tail or a gleeful yelp from your furry (or scaled) friend.
In this guide, we provide three unique ways of making your family friend happy. Keep reading!
1. Foster Your Own Roach Colony
You read that correctly!
Are you the pet Mom or Dad of a gecko, bearded dragon, or other reptiles? If so, you know how fast you can go through their food—especially if you have several mouths to feed.
By growing your own Dubia roach colony, you’ll never have to worry about running out of snacks for your scaly friend. Keep the roaches at that perfect 3:1 ratio (females:males), and your colony will thrive, providing you and them with food right in the comforts of home.
2. Make Your Own Dog Treats
Not only are homemade dog treats delicious, but they’re typically much healthier to feed your pet. Often, their ingredients are so simple, made with household items, that even you could snag a bite or two!
One of our favorite recipes we found contains peanut butter, pumpkin puree, eggs, and flour. It’s mouthwatering even for us humans!
Simply use a mixer to blend ingredients, knead the dough together, and then roll it out on a floured surface. Bonus points if you use a bone-shaped cookie cutter. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, and you’re done!
3. Consider a Pet Massage
Massages have the same beneficial effects on dogs as they do to humans.
They reduce anxiety, can take away arthritis pressure, and even promote activity if done as a warm-up.
Do so calmly and slowly, applying gentle pressure with flat palms. You can gently increase the pressure if you notice your pet enjoys it. Otherwise, stop if you see any signs of pain.
Be mindful of not pressing down directly on bones, joints, or sensitive areas. If you’re concerned with your ability to massage your pet, you can always seek professional care. There’s nothing like a spa day to make Spot happy and relaxed!
It’s a Good Day to Pamper Your Pet
And there you have it!
Now you know how to pamper your pet—besides giving Fido a dog treat (unless it’s homemade, of course).
Our pets provide us with the utmost love, pride, and attention. As their owners, the least we can do is spoil them every once in a while!
If you need some extra incentive to spoil your pet posse, click here. We discuss the frank and beautiful role pets play in our lives (as if you needed the evidence!).