The Super Bowl is just around the corner, and that means it's time to start prepping your pets for what they're in store for.
We all know how much fun this time of year is for us: cheering on our favorite team, indulging in delicious snacks and drinks (and maybe a little too much of both), and getting together with friends and family to watch the big game. But for our pets? Not so much.
Since dogs are social animals who like to interact with people, being left alone while their owners are at a party can be stressful for them—especially if they don't like loud noises or changes in their environment. And cats? Well, they also can be sensitive to loud sounds even if they like to keep to themselves.
So what can you do to make sure your pet has a great time during the Super Bowl? Try creating a ‘Zen Zone’ for your pet.
We’ll tell you 6 ways to make your pet’s 'Zen Zone' extra comfy and cozy for the big day.
- Create a quiet space in your home with plenty of padding for your pet to sit or lay on. If you have a dog, consider using a crate for them so they feel safe and secure. Cats will appreciate a quiet space near their litter box or hiding place. Dim the lights a little to create a more calming ambiance.
- Provide an environment away from the noise—whether that is outside or in another room. Make sure if they are outside that it is warm enough and they are secured safely so as to not run out of the yard. The best place would be an unoccupied room with the temperature regulated for their comfort.
- Make sure there are plenty of toys available for your pet to play with. This helps occupy them and take their minds off what's going on around them. Try a Kong stuffer or interactive feeder to keep them busy for a while.
- Provide food and water so they don’t go hungry during the long game.
- Try a relaxing playlist, like classical music. Classical music can have a calming effect in stressful situations.
- Consider giving your pet calming supplements like CBD (Cannabidiol) before the game starts—this substance has been known to provide a calming effect on both humans and animals alike!
Hopefully, this post has shown you a few ways you can make your pets' Super Bowl experience more enjoyable and stress-free. One final tip: Make sure they are safely secure. The worst thing that could happen would be to get so wrapped up in the game that we don't realize they've slipped out and eaten a chicken wing!