Summer is notorious for loud noises; between thunderstorms, summer fireworks, and motorcycles, your dogs and cats might feel like the world is crashing down around them. Luckily, there are ways to alleviate the stress of anxious pets.
Wayfair, an online furniture retailer, has recently launched its line for pet furniture, Archie and Oscar. While this won’t necessarily solve all of your pet’s anxieties, giving them a designated space to feel calm and relaxed is integral in making your pet feel safe and secure during the loud noises associated with summer.
“For many Wayfair customers, pets play an integral role in the notion of home and family, often spending just as much time on the furniture as their owners. We’re excited for this new offering of affordable and fun solutions that make the home more pet-friendly,” claims Steve Oblak, the chief merchandising officer of Wayfair.
This is a fun, stylish step in the right direction for pet-lovers that expect durable furniture. In fact, the two top factors in purchasing furniture has been listed as quality and durability. Whether you’re purchasing pet furniture or human furnishings, Americans want brands that they can count on.
For pets that need a little extra love and care, there are still many options designed to soothe your anxious pets.
Signs of Anxious Pets
According to a new study from ThunderWorks, the inventor of the ThunderShirt, over 80% of cats and dogs exhibit signs of anxious behavior.
Between separation anxiety and aversion to loud noises, many pets simply don’t have ways to cope once they feel triggered. Here are some of the common symptoms associated with anxiety in your pets:
- Chewing on furniture
- Lip licking
- Regular or excessive yawning
Along with creating a safe space for your pet, other ways of calming it include soothing words, gentle pressure, and providing distractions.
More Tips For Stressful Summer Scenarios
It is essential to keep your pets as calm as possible when that noisy windstorm or hail storm rolls around toward the end of the season. They’re anxious for good reason: nearly 40% of home and auto insurance losses stemmed from wind and hail storms. This noise can be significantly stressful for your pets.
You can provide a healthy distraction for your pet by playing with them, or offer them a soothing bone for when you’re not home. During fireworks season, it seems impossible to stop the bangs and booms going off at all hours of the night. Wrapping your dog or cat in a shirt to promote gentle pressure is another great way to provide that soothing quality when you need to leave the home or get some much-needed rest.
If you’re okay with giving your anxious pets supplements, consider giving them a calming chew or calming pheromones. These options help ease shaking, aggression, and general nervousness associated with loud noises and separation anxieties.
It’s important to get your pet the help it deserves in times of crisis. Though fireworks and motorcycles may not seem like a big deal to you, it’s your responsibility as a pet owner to ensure your pet’s happiness and health. Consider these options when you’re looking for ways to ease your pet’s anxiety this summer.