By Sophia Smith
Some say that your choice of pet says a lot about what kind of person you are. In reality, the very fact you’ve made any pet an important part of your life means that you understand how much love and understanding a human being can share with an animal. You’re aware that they have feelings, needs and interesting personalities as well and that they are as devoted to you as you are to them.
So, how can you show them how much you actually love them? Here are some ways to do just that.
Get to Know Them
From finding that one spot at the middle of your cat’s back where they love to be pet most to understanding precisely what your dog’s trying to communicate with his body language, learning as much as you can about your pet can make a huge difference. When you know what they’re going through and when you can tell if they’re happy, playful or distressed for some reason, you’ll be able to react adequately and show them how much you care by giving them what they need at any moment.
This way you’ll tighten the bonds between you and become closer. After all, they understand your body language and know what the high pitch in your voice means, so why not learn the same about them?
Find Time for Them
Whether your pet is a dog, cat, rabbit or iguana, they’re likely to enjoy being close to you. Your pet probably idolizes you and wants you to show them your love by being physically close, petting them and playing with them. Giving them your time and attention is the best way to put some additional depth into your relationship and to show them how much they mean to you.
Some animals, such as dogs, will love to be taken out for a walk, while others will be satisfied staying at home. However just because you aren’t taking them outside, it doesn’t mean you should ignore them. Play with your pet, scratch their belly, let them sleep with you and sit on your lap to show them you’re there for them and that you love them as much as they love you.
Create a Special Place for Them
From providing your hamster with their much-needed exercise wheel to designing an elaborate indoor playground for your cat, the space you adjust to your pet and their needs can also be an enormous indicator of your fondness. Every member of your human family probably has their own bedroom or even a study, so why not your pet? You can decorate that part of your home to make it more comfortable for your pet by giving them a bed, some toys and their own bowls for eating.
You can go a step further and praise them by displaying photos of them or, even better, adorable custom pet portraits you can now easily find online. These can individualize your pet’s designated space and make it more obvious that they’re a member of your family and you appreciate them as such.
Talk to Them
Yes, there are some people who think it’s silly talking to your pet, but those people have obviously never talked to an animal. It’s clear that your pet adores it when you talk to them and their reaction often instantly shows how captivated they are with your voice. Even cats, who sometimes look like they don’t care, will know that you’re addressing them and will respond to it. It’s even more noticeable with dogs, as they wag their tails uncontrollably when you use that special affectionate voice you save only for them.
Pets can tell a lot about you from your voice, too. They’ll know you’re upset and might even try to soothe you, giving you the support you desperately need, even if you aren’t aware of it, giving you back the love they receive from you daily.
Give Them Treats
Remember how sometimes you feel nervous and that cookie or a candy bar instantly makes you feel better? Well, your pet will be overjoyed if you spoil them with treats from time to time and show them how much you treasure them. Of course, you shouldn’t give them just anything. There are many healthy treat options nowadays, so choose one of those, as the best way for you to show your pet love is by having their wellbeing in mind at all times.
For instance, you can prepare something at home that you know they like and that’s also good for them, but you can also buy something in your local pet shop or online. There are even organic treats now and those which are made to take extra care of your pet’s teeth. Even some scraps from your table will work sometimes, as your pet will be delighted to share whatever they can with you, including food.
Treasure your pet and show them how much you’re attached to them by following the precious advice above. After all, you’ll make them happy and their happiness is yours as well, so make sure the good feelings grow and the ties between you are always strong and beautiful.