Ever feel like you’re a sucker for your pets? Do you feel like those puppy dog eyes are just too powerful? That playful mew is just too convincing? You’re not alone, the bond we share with our pets is unparalleled. Sometimes when looking into those innocent eyes you just cannot say no.
Spoiling our fur babies is absolutely fine, but remember that just like in child rearing it’s important to say no sometimes. It’s easy to slip a morsel or two to an eager mouth when it’s attached to such an adorable face, but by always giving in you are conditioning your pet to always expect something, encouraging begging behaviour. If you just cannot resist those “puppy dog eyes” that pleading mew, then try giving them any food at their bowl, after you finish eating, this helps combat begging and shows your pet that the time and place for food is at their designated meal area. Remember that not all food is pet friendly and some items are incredibly toxic, for a full list of toxic foods click here, and others given too often are very bad for your pets health. So moderation is important, spoil your pets in other ways, not always with food. The same goes for the Oliver Twist act, when your pet pulls out the ‘please may I have some more’ remember that some animals don’t regulate their meals well, they will eat whatever and whenever they can. This is why it’s important to consult your veterinarian and together work out a good diet and meal schedule that suits you and your pet. Sticking to it is also very important, even if it feels impossible to say no, sometimes it’s the best thing for your pet.