How to Give Your Pet a Comfortable Environment in Your Home

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Whether your special companion has eight legs, four legs, or no legs at all, they all have individual requirements to meet their physical and emotional needs. Follow these simple steps to make the most comfortable environment for your pet:

Lighting

Similar to humans, animals require light to maintain their circadian rhythm. If their circadian rhythm is not regulated, their quality of life will plummet drastically. Whether you are providing natural or artificial light, be sure they are getting the right amount of light to keep them regulated. For animals with more specific light requirements (such as cold-blooded animals), consider buying a light timer so they can receive the exact amount of light they need.

Air Quality

Dust, toxins, and allergens can impact our pets just as much, if not more, than us. Avoid damaging the air quality by maintaining a smoke-free environment with as little air debris particulates as possible. A simple way to keep your home air clean is implementing toxin-reducing decorative houseplants in your home, such as English ivy or peace lilies. Keep air from becoming stagnant by opening windows and maintaining efficient air circulation with fans.

Also, proper air conditioning maintenance will ensure the healthiest environment for you and your pet. Improve your air quality by regularly changing out your air conditioning filters, which will decrease dust and allergens in your home. If there seems to be a problem with the air flow, request help from a professional as soon as possible to ensure the highest quality air and temperature in your home.

Temperature

Every living being has a temperature comfort range. While our furry friends typically share the same temperature needs as us, reptiles and amphibians require additional heat to ensure their body temperatures are regulated. Do your research to see what your pet’s comfort zone is, then make a plan to maintain a stable temperature for them.

Sound

Be mindful that animals are much more sensitive to sound than humans. Typically, a more quiet environment is preferable to them. That being said, you can implement noise in your home in a way that can make your pet feel more at ease. For animals that become stressed during uncontrollable noises (such as fireworks or thunderstorms), covering the noises with more soothing sounds such as classical music or television can reduce their stress levels. Pay attention to what sounds comfort or discomfort your pet to ensure the most comfortable environment for them.

Because pets cannot communicate with us verbally, it can sometimes be difficult to understand their wants and needs. Having an understanding of the physical requirements of your pet in things like air, lighting, temperature, and sound will alleviate a great deal of stress for them. Along the way, you may discover that your pet’s personal preferences or sensitivities to some of these areas, which can help you individualize the plan for your home to their needs. Through research, personal observations, and plenty of TLC, you can create your pet’s dream environment in no time.

Food

Make sure to keep your pet’s food in a temperature-controlled environment, when possible, to protect vital nutrients that can be damaged with exposure to heat or cold. Nature’s Select pet foods, for example, should be kept between 64-75 degrees fahrenheit, to protect the viability of the probiotic bacteria added to the food to give your pet optimal digestive health.

 

Resources
Pawsitive Lighting
Classic Air
Petcha
Greatist
Vetstreet
Care.com


Dee Ivins

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