Do you share your home with a four-legged pal that meows or barks? If so, you are not alone. Millions of Americans share their house with one or more animal companions. Furthermore, over 63 million American homes own at least one canine and another 42 million homes own at least one cat. However pet owners aren’t limited to just dogs and cats. Other common pets include reptiles, freshwater and saltwater fish, birds, and rodents such as guinea pigs and hamsters.
A New Routine
Our beloved animal friends can help us with daunting issues such as isolation, loneliness, and stress. Especially now, we may feel these emotions due to the ongoing pandemic. Prior to 2020, working remotely was already a progressive trend for several employers. Between 2005 and 2018 alone, the amount of at-home employees increased by 170%. The COVID-19 pandemic only aided in accelerating this great shift, as many businesses have requested their nonessential workers to work from the safety of their home.
While many employees are content with adapting to new routines that don’t involve lengthy commutes or stiff work clothes, working pet owners are facing some added challenges. Their adored four-legged friend may start asking for a lot more care and attention now that you are home more often, but you’re expected to uphold the same high levels of productivity when you were working at the office. So, what can at-home pet owners do?
Adding Extra Activities
It’s important to first consider the situation from your pet’s perspective. Having you home more often and for longer periods of time can throw off the normal schedule that they’re used to. To help your favorite fur-baby feel more comfortable with the changes, create new and fun routines such as walking your dog more frequently or setting aside playdates for your cat. These changes could relieve any additional anxiety and encourage a more peaceful environment at home. A relaxed pet also means less destructive and/or distracting behavior.
The Benefits Of Having A Furry Co-Worker
Despite the additional challenges, owning pets can make the transition to an at-home work environment less stressful. More than 8 in 10 pet parents stated that spending extra time with their animal friends has helped alleviate stress. Furthermore, two-thirds of owners reported that they’re actually happier and more comfortable working from home when their pets are alongside them. Another positive benefit? 7 in 10 pet owners indicated that they’re able to add more physical activity into their schedule by walking or playing with their pet.
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