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5 Ways to Pamper Your Pet

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If you have a feathered, scaly, or furry friend in your home, you know they get plenty of attention every day. Sometimes you want to do something extra special for your pet. Here are five ideas on how to show them how much you love and appreciate them, whether they're a cat, a dog, a lizard, a bird, or even a guinea pig.

Treat Your Pet:

  1. Dry bath: Some dogs love bath time, but others hate it. This time, skip the tub and soggy dog. Instead, take him outside and rub approximately 1/4 cup of cornstarch into his fur and brush through. The odor and excess oil will be absorbed and the dirt lifted. Your family friend will look and smell fresh and clean without all the hassle. This method can also be used on cats who would rather avoid water; you'll probably use only about 1/8 cup of cornstarch on a cat.

  2. Special treats: There's no better way to treat your pet than with actual treats! Animals respond best to food, and a special treat will make them feel special. For cats and dogs, pick up some extra treats to surprise them with; even a simple can of tuna will please your feline friend. For other types of pets, research what kinds of treats they can have, as many animals have very specific dietary needs.

  3. Time outside: For the pet who loves to get outside and play, a little extra outdoor time will really make his day. For indoor pets, a trip to the great outdoors is both exciting and good for them. The new sights, sounds, and smells will stimulate their senses and give them something fun and new to explore. Just keep a close eye on animals that aren't used to the outdoors to make sure they stay out of trouble.

  4. New bed: If there's one thing our pets do better than us, it's nap. All our furry, feathery, and scaly friends need a comfortable place to snooze away the afternoon. You can upgrade your pet's bed with newer styles that have plenty of extra features, like memory foam padding, washable covers, and even specialized support for older pets.

  5. Interactive play: Pets thrive on interaction with their owners, and interactive play is one of the best things you can do for your pet's mental and physical health. Spend a little extra time playing with your pet to show them how special they are. Take your dog outside for a game of fetch, tie some feathers to the end of a string for your cat, or do whatever you know your pet loves. After all, you know your pet best.

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