Help your furry friends post-isolation

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Help your pet avoid anxiety as you start to return to normality with Council’s list of tips to assist residents and their furry friends during the transition.

As people start returning to work, weekend sport and activities, pets will start to spend more time at home on their own after receiving extra attention throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Behaviours in both cats and dogs can change due to feeling lonely and a lack of attention, with some common reactions including:

  • Dogs barking;
  • Destructive behaviours such as digging, chewing and escaping;
  • Cats pacing or crying;
  • Inappropriate use of locations for toilet purposes; and
  • Sleeping more to avoid stress.

Animal behaviourist, Dr Jo Righetti, said there were a number of tips for residents to help their pets adjust to the everchanging conditions.

“By spending time apart from our pets, we can teach them that being alone is a positive event by trying not to fuss over your pet too much on your departures and arrivals.” Dr Righetti said.

“When your pet is alone, give them a favourite toy. This helps make home alone time a more pleasant experience.”

Mayor of Camden, Cr Theresa Fedeli, said it was important for pet owners to take note of how their pets are responding to the transition out of isolation.

“While we are excited to start leaving home more and interacting with more family, friends and colleagues, it is a bit of a loss for our pets,” Cr Fedeli said.

“Following the advice that has been provided will ensure that the health of both ourselves and our pets can be efficiently managed, minimising stress and protecting our beloved four-legged friends, as they are family too.

“It is important to microchip your pets so that they are registered as well as visit your vet if there are concerns that they may not be reacting well to the changes.”

For more information regarding the registration of your pet, go to www.camden.nsw.gov.au and search ‘register your pet’. For general advice, visit www.petproblemsolved.com.au

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