The month of September is synonymous with recovery: work, classes, etc. Many people are saying goodbye to moments of idleness and resuming their daily tasks left on hold before the start of the summer holidays.
And the little cat or dog of the house, what becomes of it? How to occupy him when loneliness crawls by his side and prevent depression from emerging from the shadows to torment him?
To answer these questions, the facilitator Yoann Latouche invited 2 experts from the animal sector to participate in the show. Chloe Feschcanine educator for ten years and trainer at Nature of Dog ; as well as Marion Ruffiecat behaviorist at the head of the company Absolutely catsgave some tips and tricks to take care of his 4-legged friend.
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Adoption: asking the right questions
Before focusing on entertainment, experts looked at adoption. Which animal to welcome? Which breed to choose? What about his lineage? So many questions to ask yourself before swearing loyalty to the cat or dog that has won our hearts. It is always good to remember that this action must correspond to a carefully considered act.
To provide room and board for a pet, it is necessary to have time to devote to it. However, the demands will turn out to be different depending on the species. Thus, the new master of a feline must teach him to remain emotionally independent. As for the canine, it requires more the presence of its human.
Be that as it may, patience, listening and respect are required. Your mission, if you accept it, is to help the newcomer to feel good about himself and to establish a good relationship of complicity with him.
Down with loneliness!
Another very important question was asked during this round table: how long can a cat or dog be left alone? For Marion Ruffie, a maximum weekend turns out to be bearable for most of our velvet-legged friends. Of course, as the specialists have explained, it all depends on the individual, his habits and his living environment.
When you are away, keep these 2 elements in mind: balance and occupation. On the side of the canine gent, it is necessary to meet various types of expenses throughout the day, whether physical, mental and olfactory. Of course, the age, breed, and overall shape of the animal all need to be considered.
As far as our little mustaches are concerned, the watchword is “enrichment of their environment”. Access to height and windows, as well as accessories allowing the physical exercise of the feline remain essential to ensure its well-being.
Finally, it is in perfect symbiosis that Marion Ruffie and Chloe Fesch advised the listeners to vary the toys intended for the cat or the dog to avoid any feeling of weariness.
What about 2e mate and separation?
Some people wonder if adopting a “buddy” will solve their lovable protege’s loneliness issues. As the feline behaviorist pointed out, not all cats accept the arrival of a new member of the family obediently and are not made for life with others.
For the canine educator, it is important to be aware that sheltering a 2e dog under one’s roof is like managing 3 individuals. Indeed, any adopter must plan time for the 1er doggie, for the 2e and for the duet.
To conclude, when it’s time to leave, we have to take the necessary step back to limit the animal’s stress. The excessive kisses and hugs, as well as the tsunami of words of love will not reassure the cat, for example. Remember, our furballs feel all of our emotions!
little trick of Chloe Fesch, and not least: get your dog used to it by making false starts. When you pick up your keys, offer him a treat. This training will help him no longer have a negative view of these little rituals.
A few ideas to remember
To sum up, it is important to remain attentive to the needs of the cat and the dog. Several activities and stimulations are possible in case of absence, in order to drive away boredom and avoid depression:
- fun bowls;
- creation of a “background of life” by keeping the television on for a few hours;
- chews to satisfy chewing needs, such as toys Kong ;
- diffuser of well-being pheromones, as proposed by the brand Feliway ;
- have recourse to a childcare service, such asBorrow My Doggie.
The 3e section of “La Touche Animale” will be broadcast live on the Brut. app, Tuesday, September 6 at 7 p.m..