If you have recently adopted a cat or a dog, this blog will help you get started with what schedules or routines your pet must follow. I understand it may sound tedious or futile, but like us human beings, our four-legged besties must also have a particular lifestyle.

It is natural for any animal to worry about their survival, but when we adopt a pet, it becomes our responsibility to ensure that all their needs and wants are fulfilled. With time, when the trust develops, it helps ease their anxiety by creating a consistent yet flexible lifestyle.

Why do pets need routines?

Cats and dogs are quite different; while dogs are usually more playful and active, cats like to laze around and be comfortable in their cosy spots. The one similarity is how they react to having little structure in their daily lives. Trainers recommend you make flexible but consistent schedules for the feeding times and playtimes for your pets so that their anxiety reduces over time. Primarily for rescued pets, this is quite important. The need for survival is essential for cats and dogs on the streets all their lives. Their only purpose is to find food for themselves and their little ones daily. When these animals change their atmosphere from the streets to our homes, they don’t realize that they’re safe and being taken care of, and like us human beings, they also need reassurance.

However, strict routines could make things worse for you and your pet. The body adapts to these routines, and if they’re exact, then if you have an emergency around that time, your pet won’t understand and will continue to defecate wherever it may be.

What activities should be in your pet’s routines?

When you think about your pet, what activities do you think it does and needs to do daily? Usually, there’s food, water, exercise, mental stimulation and time with the owner, but what is required is training and discipline.

A basic daily routine might look something like this:

  • Wake up and freshen up: They need to relieve themselves after holding in all night. 
  • Breakfast: Like us human beings, they need some calories at the beginning of the day to have enough energy for the rest of the day. 
  • Morning walk: It’s always healthy for your pet to go for a walk and have some interaction and Vitamin D rejuvenation.
  • Rest time: This time involves your pet staying indoors, playing with toys or just having a little decompression time. 
  • Midday potty break/walk/play session: At this time, your pet needs some exercise, and most pets like to take a potty break followed by a play session or a walk in case of the unavailability of the owner.
  • Evening walk and dinner: This involves another walk to end the day outdoors with good exercise, followed by dinner. 
  • Evening rest time and pre-bedtime routine: This is where the mental stimulation exercises consider. Doing calming activities that will sharpen their brain. For instance, playing catch indoors with your pet or other indoor activity. 
  • Potty break and bedtime: Make sure that they relieve themselves before you’re off to bed, so they don’t urinate through the night.

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