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Over the past year and a half, it seems that many people have added new furry additions to their families. But now, with many people transitioning back to working in physical offices it can be hard for your pet to understand why you’re not home.
People have spent so much time at home over the last year — and we can’t expect our pets to understand that it’s back to business as usual. That constant presence is what your pet expects — so you’ll have to give them time to adjust to being home alone.
We’ve rounded up 11 products that can help ease your pet (and your!)’s separation anxiety while you are at work.
Stay connected with your pet all day long. You can get instant information about your pet anytime and from anywhere with this camera monitoring system. Track your pet’s daily activities by optional recording and you will also have the option to share memories with friends. Most importantly, this camera has two-way audio that allows you to talk to your pet while you’re at work and you can also listen in.
SHOP IT: Walmart, $59
Calm your dog down while you are away with this snuggle puppy behavioural aid toy that will help reduce negative behaviours in your pet, including whining and barking. It features a pulsing heartbeat and heat source that will help calm your pet while you are away. All you need is two AAA batteries and it is machine washable.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $50
The Pet Zone Boredom Busters Engage Slow Feeder Licking Mat is great for cat or dog anxiety relief. It can curb destructive behaviour, especially during stressful times. It has multiple suction cups that allow the mat to stick to any smooth surface. Not only is it a great distraction when you are at work but it can also work while grooming a pet, tripping nails or bathing.
SHOP IT: PetSmart, $10
This 946 ml bowl will keep your dog’s water cold all day long while you are at work. It’s dishwasher safe and has a non-slip design.
SHOP IT: YETI, $50
Casper’s dog bed is engineered by the same team behind the Casper mattress. Trust that your dog will have a great sleep while you’re away in this durable dog bed is a perfect sleep environment designed around dog behaviour.
SHOP IT: Casper, $175
The Catit Vesper Minou scratcher and hideout feature a plush memory foam cushion and an oak-like finish. It allows your cat to scratch and sharpens its claws on the rounder sisal exterior.
SHOP IT: Catit, $85
The Doggy Bathroom is the only dog litter box specifically made for smaller dogs including males who lift their leg. Train your dog to use this easy-to-clean system while you’re at work. It includes custom pee pads that are specially designed for vertical liquid absorption and odour masking.
SHOP IT: Doggy Bathroom, $199
The KONG Classic will help entertain your dog. Just stuff it with tempting bits of kibble, treats or peanut butter and your dog will play with the toy until they successfully retrieve the food.
SHOP IT: PetSmart, $19
MAX CBD is ideal for pets up to 70 pounds and pets with sensitive digestive systems, severe anxiety or substantial pain.
SHOP IT: Calyx, $80
Help your cat pounce and play even when you’re away. The Dancing Dot Laser Cat Toy has two play mode options and a random, moving laser display. It will keep your cat active and occupied while you’re out of the house. It also has a Play-All-Day mode which will turn the toy on for 15-minute intervals every two hours.
SHOP IT: PetSafe, $22
Pets love running water and are drawn to it, and this pet fountain can help entice your furry friend to drink more water even while you are away. This stainless steel fountain is easy to clean and a hygienic way to help pets stay hydrated and healthy.
SHOP IT: PetValu, $75