When you have a multi-pet home it is important to make sure each pet is getting the quality time they need and deserve. Each pet has its own needs. Pampering pets in a multi-pet home is important for their health, happiness, and behavior.
There are several ways in which you can pamper each of your pets to be sure they are receiving what they need to be happy, healthy, and thrive in your multi-pet home.
Each of your pets may have different wants or requirements.
You know your pets best, but you can consider the following options.
Pampering Pets In A Multi-Pet Home
Be sure you are pampering pets with one-on-one play.
No matter the activity level of your pet, all pets need play time.
Animals use playtime as a means of enriching their natural instincts.
Playtime for your pets will vary based on their health and mobility.
My kitty Nub enjoys an easy going playtime with strings and shoelaces.
Nub has bad eyes and his reflexes are a bit slow.
By playing in this way it sharpens his hunting skills and paw-eye coordination.
Pampering pets with their own sacred space.
All animals need time away from the fray just like we humans do.
Having a space that they can retreat to for some downtime is important to their well-being.
This can be a real challenge in a multi-pet home.
Especially if you have younger pets that enjoy constant play with their fur siblings.
Our Link tends to irritate our other furbabies.
Granted, his fur siblings love him and truly enjoy playing with him, most of the time.
Other times, Link pushes them too far and the other pets get cranky with him.
When this happens we have special places they can go to retreat and get away from him for awhile.
For our cat Tibet, this means getting time to herself on my bed.
She loves playing with Link and entertains him more than any of our other pets.
However, she is an older cat and enjoys being able to rest after hard play with Link!
Animals know when you are accommodating their needs and I firmly believe they appreciate it when we step in to lend a hand.
Pampering your pets with their personal toys.
It is important that each of your pets have their own toys.
Toys that only they can play with.
This can be difficult to do in a multi-pet home and it takes effort on our part.
One thing that can help is if they each have their own storage bin for their personal items.
With a little training, your pets will learn which bin is theirs.
Or if you do not have time to train, you can store the bins and bring them out for each pet’s personal playtime.
Link has the most toys of all our pets.
He is the youngest and not only requires but demands the most playtime.
This is his giant ball that both frustrates him and keeps him happily busy.
It’s not his favorite toy but it’s one he has not managed to rip to shreds, yet.
Pets, like kids, make it easy to discern what their favorite toys are.
I limit playtime with Link’s favorite toys so they remain special to him, and so they last longer.
It also makes that playtime more exciting for him, which is a great way to let him know it’s his special one-on-one time with me.
Cuddling is very important to pampering pets.
We all have the need for human touch.
It is scientifically proven that through touching we create greater happiness and health.
Pets need touch as much as humans do.
Spending time with your pets through touch, cuddling, and snuggling is a wonderful way to pamper them.
I believe it also lengthens their lifespan when combined with quality food, good vet care, and other factors listed here.
I can’t imagine anyone having a pet and not giving it love and attention.
Sadly I have seen it far too many times.
Pets that are left caged up outside all day and night, all through the year.
To me, it’s nothing short of animal abuse.
Grooming your pet is pampering.
Just like not being cuddled and touched, the lack of grooming can hurt your pets.
Not everyone can afford to take their pets to a professional groomer.
That is okay as long as you learn how to do it yourself.
Not only do pets get the human touch during grooming but it’s good for their health.
Lyla loves nothing more than her “spa treatments” that we do daily.
Some days it lasts only 10 minutes, and when she really needs groomed we spend about a half hour.
Once in a great while, Lyla gets a full out pampering with a professional groom.
Usually, she gets a full professional groom on her birthday but since she just turned 9 on April 1st she is slightly overdue.
Her daily “spa treatments” include brushing and oil on her dry skin.
Then there are days her nails need trimming, ears and eyes cleaned, and fur trimmed.
Grooming is not only pampering but necessary when you have a pet.
Pets need blankets, bedding, cubbies, and loungers.
The blankets in our home are mostly interchangeable but the bedding is mostly personal for each pet.
Sometimes they will share, and other times they are quite possessive of their beds.
It’s a rare sighting to see Link and Lyla sharing a bed but it has happened.
A new acquisition to our home is the Primetime Petz Lounge that I won recently in a BlogPaws chat.
So far no one has claimed this as their own possession but they have all given it a try, except Lyla.
Her legs are a bit too shaky due to her mobility issues to try it.
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Tibet loves it and has been on it a lot.
Nub even got in on the action but it was Link that took over when it initially arrived.
This pet lounge may become a shared place for the pets to enjoy or one of them may ultimately claim it as their own.
As long as you have multiple beds in your multi-pet home each pet will find their own place to lay their heads.
In our home, each pet has their own bed and now we have this new lounge which is next to our window and cat tree.
The cats share the cat tree which has several cubbies in it.
I got ours from Chewy.com and we love it!
It’s by Amarkat and has lasted for years!
A pet lounger is a perfect item for pets to relax and look out the window whether one of them claim it as their own or not.
Pampering pets include socialization with other animals.
Proper socialization within the home between fur-siblings is important.
No one wants a home of chaos between pets.
However, it is also good to be sure your pets get out of the house and interact with other pets too!
Link loves going on long walks with my mother’s dogs.
Below is a not so great photo I snapped of Link and Romeo on a recent walk.
It was difficult getting them both in the frame at the same time.
You can take your pets on walks with other pets, go to a dog park, or an interactive play place for your cats.
If you live in an area that has dog walkers you can opt to have your dog walked with other dogs.
I admit it is more difficult to get cats interactive with cats outside my home.
We do not have any cat play places in our area.
To compensate for this I enforce the bond between the two cats within our home with outside time together in our yard.
They enjoy stalking wildlife together although they never get close to any, nor would I allow it.
The ultimate key to truly pampering pets is knowing their individual needs.
Each of your pets has it’s own very distinct personality.
This means they each have their very distinct needs.
Lyla requires walks that are much different from Link’s.
Link likes long active walks and Lyla has mobility issues so her walks are short and low key.
Lyla loves rides in cars, and on the lawnmower.
Link just wants to run and chase sticks.
Lyla gets hot very easily and Link loves his heating pad.
Nub pretends to hate getting his eyes cleaned but comes to me every night to get it done.
Same place, same time, like clockwork.
After his eyes are cleaned he bunts heads with me for as long as I will let him.
While he wants to put on airs he hates it, he truly loves it.
Tibet is like a dog when it comes to food.
She has to be given first feeding.
Also, I have to watch carefully because she will gobble hers down ravenously then go steal all the other food from her siblings.
These are only a few examples of my pet’s varied personalities and each of your pets has their own too.
You know your pets best.
Giving each pet the pampering time they deserve ensures their happiness, their health, and their love is given back to you ten-fold.
I would love to hear about your pets in the comments!
What is unique about your pet?
How do you pamper your pets?
What quirks do your pets have?
Do you make pampering pets priority in your life?