When you come home at the end of the day, your pet is probably excited to see you. You pet and play and snuggle because you’re excited to see her too. But while you spent the day at work, running errands or visiting friends, your furry companion spent the whole time alone in the house. You probably don’t have the ability to stay home with your pet all the time, or even the option to come check in on him regularly throughout the day. It’s important to set up ways to entertain your pet and keep her happy while you’re out.

Encourage Play
You should walk and play as much as possible, both before you leave and after you come home. However, your pet probably needs to play at some point during the day, too. Keep lots of toys available for your furry friend to entertain herself. Scratching posts and playhouses for cats will keep their minds occupied. For dogs, try rotating between a few sets of toys each day so they all stay fresh.

Supply Food and Water
If you’re out for a long period of time, your pet could easily go through all his food and water and be hungry and thirsty when you come home. You don’t want your pet to get dehydrated, so make sure he has access to water at all times. An automatic dispenser ensures that he never runs out. Some treat dispensers require your cat to push a button to release a snack, which is also entertaining for your pet. A Kong toy with a treat or peanut butter will keep your dog occupied trying to get the food out. 



Find a Companion
If your pet is the only animal in the house, he could get lonely being by himself all day. Having another pet in the house will keep them both entertained while you’re at work. Plus, it helps them socialize so they’ll be calm around other animals. Of course, make sure you have the time and money to care for two animals before committing to another pet.

Get a Sitter
Pet sitters aren’t just for weekends away. If you know you’re going to be gone for more than eight hours at a time, you might want to consider hiring a pet sitter to come check in on your pets. The sitter can take them for a walk, play with them and feed them. Dogs will also have the chance to use the bathroom during the day.

Pet Day Care
If you want to make sure your pet is entertained all day, or you just really can’t leave her for more than a few hours at a time, enrolling her at a pet day care could be an option. She’ll get plenty of playtime with people and other animals, lots of treats and great socialization. You’ll have to make sure her immunizations are up to date before going. Don’t be surprised if she’s exhausted at the end of the day!

Play Music
Keeping the TV on may make your pet feel like he’s not home all by himself. The sounds of other voices can help keep him calm. You can also play soothing music. Studies have shown that classical music can help pets with anxiety relax while you’re away.

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