95 Ideas for Happy Pets in 2023 (Simple and Cost-Effective)

You love your pet and if they’re unhappy or unhealthy it’ll get to you. Don’t get discouraged. There are plenty of ways to enhance the well-being and happiness of our animal friends. Keeping them happy and healthy ensures long life and better behaviour.

This list will give you plenty of ideas on how to keep your pets comfortable and content. From belly rubs to senior care.

What Are The Best Ideas For Happy Pets?

In my mind, the best ideas are simple and cost-effective. Something you can get done fast and without too much effort. Something that doesn’t cost the earth! I have curated the list to be exactly that.

The sections below make it a little easier if you are looking for a particular pet.

Put almost all the ideas in the list into place with ease and little or no money. If you have the means and want to spoil the snookums, then I’m sure you could spend money on most of them too!

1. Know Your Pet

Do some research about the animal you have or will be getting. All animals are different. Even breeds within species differ when it comes to sensitivities or behaviours. This could be very helpful in setting up your routine and their environment.

2. Communicate With Your Pet

They are a part of our families. They deserve to know when we are going to leave the house for a couple of hours without them. Also when we are planning to move to another home. Animals are all conscious, intelligent creatures and will understand when spoken to. 

3. Give Your Pet Regular Praise

Let your pet know when they do something right. It can boost their mood, and confidence and lead to better behaviour. Do this by telling them or giving them a treat. Positive reinforcement can also help with eradicating negative behaviour.

4. Strict Routine and Consistency Helps Your Pet Feel Secure

Animals feel secure and less anxious in a regular routine. This can be for feeding, walking, and playtime. Keep this routine consistent to help them understand what’s expected of them. This also allows trust to build between you and them.

5. Do Not Feed Your Pets From the Dining Table or Kitchen Counter

Avoid giving your pet table scraps or too much human food as it can cause digestive problems. Opt for healthy, organic treats that are good for their bodies and the environment.

6. Change Their Water Often 

A daily refresh of their water bowl will prevent bacteria build-up. This will also help keep them hydrated, especially in hot weather. To remove chemicals in the water, fill a jar and let it stand for 24 hours before filling the bowl.

7. Regular Exercise is Essential for Your Pet’s Physical and Mental Health

Exercising with your pet every day can lower their anxiety levels. This activity also uses their energy for doing something constructive. 

8. Good Sleep is as Important for Your Pets as It Is for You.

Make sure that they have a comfortable bed or two 😉 and a quiet place to sleep in. They need plenty of rest to maintain their energy levels and stay healthy, like us.

9. Protect Your Cats and Dogs from Ticks and Fleas

This is crucial for their hygiene, health, and comfort and to keep those pesky pests at bay. Use natural and eco-friendly products for less exposure to toxins.

10. Keep Your Pet’s Living, Eating, and Sleeping Areas Clean.

Keeping their areas clean eliminates stress and hygiene issues. Consider using eco-friendly cleaning products to help protect them from harmful chemicals.

11. Keep Windows Open for Sounds and Smells

This is especially important for indoor pets. Open windows provide fresh air and ventilation which is good for their health and ours. They will experience natural smells and sounds. Great for mental stimulation and reducing boredom.

12. Give Your Pet Regular Massages

This is such a lovely way to bond with your pet, not to mention the physical and emotional health benefits. We know massages reduce stress, ease joint pain, and promote relaxation.

13. Invite Your Pet to Join You for Yoga

Most dogs and some cats will try to mimic you when you do your fave yoga positions. This is another fantastic way to bond with them. It also allows them to practice some of their own stretches. You may even find someone perched on your back for some added fun 😉

14. Prioritise Companionship

Spending time with your pet, playing games or cuddling can make them happy. They crave interaction and companionship especially if they are your only pet.

15. Consider the Concept of Intentional Rest Time

You’ll notice that most animals sleep a lot during the day. It’s important to allow them to have their downtime, too. They don’t need constant stimulation to be happy. Giving them a break can help reduce anxiety and keep them calm.

16. Be Considerate When it Comes to Loud Noises and Sudden Movements

These can cause pets to feel anxious or fearful. Create a peaceful environment for them to live in by being considerate. This will definitely help reduce their stress levels.

17. Senior Pets Need Extra Love and Care

Like elderly humans, senior pets need extra attention to help them feel happy and loved. A comfortable bed and regular vet visits will go a long way to ensure an easier life as they get older. Consider using natural and eco-friendly supplements to support their health and well-being.

18. Dog Culture and Body Language

Remember to communicate with your pooch using body language. Dogs communicate with their bodies. Learn their gestures and gain a better understanding of what makes them tick. You’ll make them feel happy and safe as well as create a stronger bond.

19. Socialize Your Dog

Take them to dog walking parks to introduce them to new friends and their people. This will help them develop good manners and confidence. The bonus benefit is that they get mental stimulation as well as exercise.

20. Praise Your Dog for Good Behaviour

Use verbal and physical praise like petting and treats. This creates positive reinforcement of good behaviour and helps eradicate negative behaviour.

21. Give Them a Job

Ask your dog to carry a backpack, fetch a newspaper, or a ball. It will give them purpose, keep them mentally stimulated and build their self-confidence. They’ll appreciate being a helpful member of the family!

22. Feed Your Dog a Nourishing and Well Balanced Diet

To promote health and longevity in your pooch, they need to exercise. To exercise they need to eat well. Choose high-quality, nutrient-rich foods and avoid processed foods and unhealthy treats. Some vets suggest giving your dog regular food like cooked veg, sliced apples, oats, and sugar-free peanut butter.

23. Chew Treats

Give your dog something to chew on. This can provide mental stimulation and prevent destructive behaviour. Be mindful of giving them too many extra calories. There are low-calorie options like olive wood, loofah, and hemp rope chew toys. The bonus benefit is that these are eco-friendly too!

24. Home Alone

The first prize is not leaving your pooch at home alone. If you have no choice then use interactive slow-feeder dispensers. This will keep your pooch busy when they are alone. There are many different varieties like snuffle blankets, chew toys, or balls. The following suggestion may not be possible for everyone. Try taking turns with your neighbours to check in or even take them for a quick walk.

25. Small Inside Dogs

These little darlings love running up and down the hallways and other areas, they love to play. Put down rugs or carpets with anti-slip underlay. So they can tear through the house without slipping. 😉

26. Shake Up Your Walk Routine

Consider changing the walk route to explore different areas, go on hikes, or for swims. This will keep things interesting and allow for different types of play.

27. Dance Party

When you play music, pay attention to what music your dog likes. Make a playlist and let loose! This is a fun way to bond and for everyone to get a workout.

28. Leash-Free Time

Give your dog a break from the leash. If your dog is already trained,  find an area to walk in that will allow them to explore. Also, let them choose which direction to walk in. Don’t forget to allow them to sniff! If your dog needs to walk on a leash try and find a safe, enclosed area in which they can roam at leisure. This will give them a sense of freedom and provide more mental stimulation.

Woman and Husky running together on the beach

29. Rotate Your Dog’s Toys

Everyone gets bored with the same toys. Rotating their toy selection keeps them engaged and interested. It will also prevent destructive behaviour.

30. Cooling Off On Hot Days

Here’s a fun way to keep your dog active and prevent overheating on a hot day. Let them play in a kiddie pool or run through garden sprinklers. Get the hard casing kind for the pool as their claws might puncture the soft inflatable types. Pull on your swimming gear and join them!

31. Clip Their Nails and Clean Their Ears Often.

Keeping their nails trimmed and ears clean is important to their health and hygiene. It can reveal early warning signs of health issues and prevent issues like arthritis. Make sure you find out how to do this so you don’t cause unintentional injuries or take them to a doggy spa or vet.

32. Take a Road Trip With Your Dog

This is another great and fun way to bond with your dog. It’ll be a fun adventure for both of you! Be sure to plan ahead and pack everything you both will need. Food, water, and bedding – depending on how far you plan to go.

33. Let Your Dog Win a Wrestle Every Now and Then

Wrestling is a favourite pastime for most dogs. Let them win and build a stronger bond between you as well as avoid feelings of frustration. Give it a go, you’ve got nothing to lose 😉

34. Massage – Amp Up Sofa Cuddle Time!

Who doesn’t love a good massage? Give your pooch a gentle rub down during cuddle time. Talk to them in low tones while you rub their body. This will help them relax and even relieve any joint or muscle stress they may be experiencing.

35. Games for Mental and Physical Stimulation

Activities like tug-of-war or fetch keep your dog stimulated and active. They prevent boredom and destructive behaviour. For excitable dogs try a wand toy (a stick attached to a rope with a toy tied to the end of it). This offers a less boisterous game of chase and also works in smaller spaces.

36. Indoor Games for Rainy Weather

Get creative with indoor activities to keep busy and engaged. You could stage a game of hide and seek by hiding treats under plastic cups in different areas in the home. Have your dog chase a ball up and down a hallway or staircase. Don’t forget to accident-proof the place before you start!

37. Remove Your Dog’s Collar When It’s Not Needed

Imagine wearing a hard leather band around your neck all day every day. Show them some extra love by giving them a break from it when you’re at home.

38. Clean Comfy Bed

Sleep is as important to your dog as it is to you. Make sure they have a good, comfortable base to sleep on and clean their bedding often. This will ensure a good sleep day or night and avoid any hygiene issues.

39. Create a Hidey Hole

Your dog will sometimes need a break. Create a cosy, comfy space that is private. This will allow them to hide away for a little while whenever they need a break.

40. Brush Your Dog’s Coat Often

Regular brushing will keep your dog’s coat shiny and healthy. It also stimulates blood circulation to keep the skin in good condition too. If they love brushing it’ll give you another opportunity to bond and if not, line up a treat as a reward.

41. Senior Dogs Need Extra Care

Elevate their feeding and drinking bowls. Create a raised surface using something like a footstool if you have noticed stiff joints.

42. Let Your Older Dog Set The Pace

As your dog gets older they may not be able to engage in the same activities at the level they did before. They may want to please you and push past their limits. Respect their limitations and adjust their playtime with that in mind.

43. Pay Attention To What Your Older Dog Needs

The same applies to their walks, as they get older, they may need to walk for longer. They still need the opportunity to keep fit, both in body and mind. Also, pay attention to other sensitivities e.g. some dogs may need extra protection from the cold.

44. Senior Dogs May Change with Age

Be prepared for changes in their health and personality. This could come from frustration from health issues or even some neurological degeneration. In this case, they will need extra TLC to keep them comfortable and content.

Content Tabby Getting a Chin Scratch
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45. Feed Your Cat a Nourishing and Well Balanced Diet

Start by checking the ingredients of the food you’re buying for them. Cats are carnivores and need a high quotient of pure protein. Avoid foods with ingredients that include fillers like chicken meal or chicken by-products. Cats need water with their food to avoid urinary problems. This means providing water but also giving them wet food daily.

46. Kitty Treats

Treats are a great way to reward them for good behaviour or to include them if you’re having a snack. Be careful, though. You don’t want a Chonks on your hands. Manage the portions and keep them healthy.

47. Cat Grass – Nature’s Healer

This stuff is very helpful for their digestion and hairballs. Make it easy for them to get at by growing some indoors for their self-medication.

48. Cat-Nip

This is a safe and natural way to give your kitty a bit of a buzz. We stuff a fluffy toy with it and Miles attacks it with gusto, giving it stick with his back paws!

49. Respect Your Cat’s Body Language Signs

Cats are quite complex creatures. Take notice of their body language. You’ll get a deeper insight into their personalities, feelings, likes, and dislikes. For example, they will show their displeasure by whipping their tail. A lot of cats don’t like being picked up or having your face close to theirs.

50. Play and Cuddle Time With Kitty

There is nothing better than some one on one time with your cat to show them how much you love them. Try making some simple toys out of simple household items like paper, wool, ribbons, and tape. Invite them to help you make the toy as well. 

51. Climbing Is In Their DNA!

Their need to climb comes from way back when they were still hunters. They feel safest and most in control when they have a good vantage point. Provide them with a cat tree appropriate for their age and size. Or install some stepped shelving to climb on.

52. Provide Your Cat With a View

Adding to the previous point, cats love to look out for something while basking in the sun. Having a view to watch provides many hours of entertainment and mental stimulation. Position your cat tree or shelving in a safe space near a window.

53. Brush Your Cat Often

The environments our modern cats live in are so different to their natural habitats. Hair removal was a natural process. They removed loose hair when roaming outside. This happened when rubbing their coats on bushes and underbrush. Under modern circumstances, they spend a lot more time indoors. We need to assist the malting process with regular brushing to avoid hairballs.

54. Catbox Privacy

Cats appreciate their personal space without disturbance when doing their business. Either provide them with a covered litter box and place it somewhere that is not out in the open for everyone to see. 

55. Self-Cleaning Litter Box – This Is More For Your Happiness 😉

These beauties have a working waste compartment. It sifts, rakes, flushes, or collects the cat’s waste. It lessens your exposure and eliminates the need for daily litter scooping.

56. Change To Using Organic Litter

Changing to non-smell and clumping organic litter was a game changer for us. It lives up to expectations! It does not smell (keeping our cat super happy!). It is crazy easy to clean due to the clumping, plus we are able to add it to our compost when it’s time to change the litter.

57. Give Them a Scratching Post To Save Your Furniture

Using a scratch post helps them keep their nails in shape especially if they are indoor kitties. They are also used for stretching. If your cats warm to it they won’t want to tear your soft furniture or yoga mats apart.

58. Make Your Cat Their Own Wand Toy

This is such an easy thing to make and provides hours of fun! Get a stick, tie a string to one end, and tie a toy, feather, or shaped pipe cleaner to the other end of the string. There you have it, your wand toy!

59. Create a Foraging Game

You can use toilet rolls or cardboard boxes by cutting some small holes in the and filling them with treats. Let kitty see if they can get the treats out.

60. Automated Toys For When Your Cat Is Home Alone

There are a plethora of automated toys available for cats to keep them entertained when you’re not at home. They range from remote laser toys to roaming robots that hold wands. Not to mention door-knob-mounted battery-operated string toys!

61. Make a Portable Chaise Lounge For Your Cat

This could be the cushion and blanket they are already sleeping on. Otherwise, you could build something extravagant out of boxes and cushions. The idea is to move it back into the sun whenever the sun moves away from it. Anything else, your royal highness?

62. Be There For Your Senior Cat

Older cats become a little more reliant on us. They may need more help from you when trying to get up and down stairs or jumping off high surfaces.

63. Keep An Eye On Your Older Cat

Cats are sensitive creatures and changes in their routine and environment affect them. Even more so when they are older. Examples of this are a litter box that isn’t cleaned often enough. Or moving their sleeping place without warning.

64. Senior Cats May Change As They Get Older

64. As cats age they sleep more, are less active, and develop duller fur. Keep an eye on any sudden changes in their sleep, thirst, eating, or behavioural patterns. These may show a need for a visit to the vet.

Two gold fish swimming side by side on a green background
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65. Clean Your Fish’s Tank Often

It is important to clean the tank every two to three weeks to make sure the tank is safe and healthy. Remember to clean the sides of the tank. Replace a part of the water using a gravel siphon to suck out debris and water. To prevent algae build-up and keep the water clean, maintain proper pH and temperature levels.

66. Condition the Water for Your Fish

Change between 25% and 50% of the water in your tank whenever you clean the tank. This helps keep nitrate concentrations at safe levels ensuring stable water composition. This means it is clean and healthy which in turn promotes strong, happy fish. It is also advised to use a biological, dechlorinating aquarium supplement.

67. Maintain the Correct PH Level in the Tank

Use a pH test kit to measure the acidity or alkalinity of your tank water. Freshwater fish do best at pH levels between 6.6 and 7.8 depending on what species they are. Keep a close eye on these levels and make sure they are where they should be. This will help your fish resist disease, tolerate stress, and generally thrive.

68. Maintain Proper Water Temperature

Water temperatures affect fish. Drastic changes could make them ill or even kill them. Be sure that the tank is not placed in direct sunlight, or near heating or air conditioning. Keep the water temperature at the correct level for the type of fish you have. Keep it consistent and your fish will be happy and healthy.

69. Acclimate Your Fish to Their New Home

It is important to acclimate fish to their new tank. This will reduce any shock and help them adjust. Find out what pH, ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite levels are correct for the species of fish. Test your tank water and the bigger the difference, the longer your fish will need to acclimate.

70. Float Your Fish Before Releasing Them

Float them in a sealed bag for 15 minutes to help them get used to the water temperature in the tank. This also reduces the possibility of shock. Before releasing them into the tank, open the bag and add ¼ cup water into the bag every 5 minutes until the bag is full. Remove as much of the water as you can before submerging the bag and letting the fish swim into their new home.

71. Provide Enough Space for Your Fish to Explore

Give your fish enough room to roam around and swim about in their tank. Find out from your fish specialist what the right size tank for your fish is. Then make sure the tank is spacious enough for them to move around and exercise. Too many fish in a tank can also lead to not enough oxygen in the water.

72. Design a Natural Habitat for Your Fish

Create a natural environment by adding driftwood, rocks, plants, and hiding places. This will help to mimic their home in the wild and give them places to forage and hide. Try to design it in such a way that your fish cannot see from one end of the tank to the other. This will make them feel more at ease and comfortable.

73. Keep it Interesting

Keep your fish engaged and happy by switching up their decor every so often. Can you imagine never having the chance to change anything in your apartment or room your whole life? Get things with tunnels and holes or try a themed approach – think coral reef, Little Mermaid, or even Outer Space!  This will give them new and different surroundings to explore.

74. Pay Attention to Your Fish’s Behaviour

Be aware of signs of elevated stress:

  • Rubbing themselves on rocks
  • Crashing at the base of the tank
  • Frenetic swimming without getting anywhere.

Contact your veterinarian or fish expert to work on a solution to ease their stress together.

75. Place Airstones in Unique Places

Tanks without a pump will need at least one of these to aerate the water. They make a lovely addition to any tank even if you already have a conventional pump that aerates your tank. Dot them around your tank to create a dynamic and interesting underwater world. You could even place one inside an ornament like a ruin or shipwreck. Some of your fish might even have fun swimming through the stream of bubbles!

76. Add a Floating Toy to the Tank

Fish can have toys too! #justsayin’ Get your fish a fun floating toy to keep them entertained and stimulated. Some fish amuse themselves by moving the toy around with their heads. If you want to test the theory before you buy anything try a clean ping pong ball.

Blue and whit budgie with green budgie in the background
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77. Provide a Varied and Nutritious Diet for your Bird.

To achieve a balanced and nutritious diet, mix things up between pellets, seeds, veg, and fruit. Do your research so you know what they can eat before you feed them anything. Some veg that humans eat is toxic to birds like uncooked beans, tomatoes, and avos to name a few.

78. Hide Treats Around Their Cage

Think of this as a mini treasure hunt for your feathered friend. This is a fun activity that’ll keep them entertained and stimulated at mealtimes.

79. Make Sure Their Cage is Big Enough

Your bird will need to flap and stretch their wings. The cage you chose for them should be big enough for them to do this. You could place the cage near a closed window so they can see into the big outdoors. Their cage could open into an outdoor aviary if you have the space.

80. Clean Your Bird’s Cage Daily

Invest in a cage that can have the bottom removed. It makes daily cleaning so much easier! With this type of cage, you can change the paper and remove the waste without much effort. Once done, wipe down the surfaces, freshen the food and water – voila! You’re done! Be careful about what cleaning products you use, though. Birds have quite sensitive respiratory systems.

81. Give Your Bird Out-of-Cage Time

Think of it like taking a dog for a walk, except this one has wings and can fly. Make sure you do it in a safe and supervised area. Also, spend some time being affectionate and holding them so they feel loved and part of the family. Try doing this in a room away from their cage so they start seeing you as a place of comfort to retreat to and not their cage. Keep a soft blanket or perch nearby to make them feel cozy.

82. Birds Are Social Creatures

Birds need companionship like us all. Include them in family interactions, like being part of doing chores or making dinner. This will go a long way to helping them relax and feel like they are part of a “flock”. If this isn’t possible then consider getting them a BFF to share their cage with.

83. Arrange a Playdate For Your Bird

Birds love spending time with other birds :). Organize a playdate with another bird owner so the two can play and socialize. Remember to check if they have quarantined the other bird. This can avoid any unpleasant surprises.

84. Birds Thrive on a Strict Routine

Routine and consistency make for happy, healthy birds. Especially at bedtime. Tuck them in at the same time every evening using a blackout cover. Let them have 10 – 12 hours of dark time before waking them again. The cover also gives them some privacy that they do not have during the day.

85. Bond With Your Bird and Be Their Comfort

Birds love to interact and spend time with their humans. They are smart and develop bonds with those that make the time and are affectionate with them. If you have a rescue, getting close may take a little time. Start by sitting near their cage every day and talking to them in low tones. When they are not anxious anymore, offer your finger and so on. This may take some time but it will be worth it.

86. Non-Toxic Cage Material

Stainless Steel is the best material for a bird cage. It is durable and contains no toxic coatings. For powder-coated, wrought iron, or something similar, do your research. Make sure the coatings are non-toxic for birds and the wrought iron is not rusted or splintering.

87. Bath Time

Birds love bathing. Give them a bird bath or a shallow bowl to clean themselves in. Who doesn’t love watching birds bathe?

88. Water Bottle vs Water Bowl

A water bottle that hangs off the side of the cage will make sure that your bird always has clean fresh water. Water bowls are a little grubby from food spillage or someone walking through the water. We won’t mention names 😉

89. Install a Cuttlebone or Calcium Block for your bird

These handy things provide your bird with much-needed calcium to keep their bones strong. Bonus benefit: your bird’s action of pecking at the bone or block also polishes its beak!

90. Change Up The Perches

Don’t leave your bird in a cage with the same set-up month after month. Vary their cage landscape by moving their perches around. Trying different items like ladders, branches, plants, and flowers. If they have to live in an enclosure the least we can do is make it interesting for them.

91. Provide Access to Full, Direct Sunlight

As with all living things, birds also need the sun to stay happy and healthy. Living in a place that does not have a lot of sunlight? Invest in a full-spectrum light bulb to give them the Vitamin D they need.

92. Keep Your Bird Stimulated

Their freedom has been so curtailed that caged birds can become quite destructive. Give them a diverse array of toys. These can range from foraging to swings to foot toys. These will keep them stimulated and entertained. Also, be sure to swap them out every so often or get new ones to keep them fresh.

93. Teach Your Bird Tricks

This is more to provide mental stimulation and engagement than it is for showing off at parties. Start with simple things like “step-up” and “wave”. U positive reinforcement with praise and/or treats to enforce good behaviour.

94. Play Sounds That Your Bird Can Relate To

All birds love the sound of music or bird song. Playing this at low volume in the background will give them something to listen to or even sing along to. This often helps reduce anxiety so they can relax.

95. Invest in a Bird Stand

These are invaluable for letting your companion bird feel a tiny bit of freedom. Find a stand that is stable and secure. Place it in an area form where your bird can watch what is going on and be part of the family. A change of scenery is like a holiday!

Happy Pets FAQs

Do happy pets live longer?

The presence of neglect and stress in pets can result in a shortened lifespan. Studies suggest that well-cared-for pets that are happy and content can live longer than those that are not. In some cases, genetic influences play a role. These could influence their lifespan even if they are happy and content.

What is the best way to train a dog?

Socializing, positive reinforcement, and starting when they are young are most important. For the best results combine these with patience, consistency, and clear communication. Using positive reinforcement is the most humane and effective way to train. Praise them for good behaviour and reinforce the praise with treats every now and again. In some cases starting young may not be an option, so socializing is a good place to start. Get them used to other dogs and people while or before you train them. 

Do cats actually love their humans?

Cat owners will attest that cats do not show love like dogs or other pets do. But they do form long-lasting bonds with their humans. Remember that cats are much more independent creatures. They often need their own space. You can recognize cat love behaviours by certain actions or body language.  They might rub themselves against you, knead, or purr. Our Miles often meets us at the gate when we’ve been out!

Do fish recognize their humans?

Most fish lack the part of the brain that allows them to distinguish between different faces. They will associate their humans with a regular routine of feeding. In time they will get used to having the same person around.

Fun fact. A study in 2017 revealed that archerfish can recognize human faces. This is not a regular phenomenon in most fish, though.

Do birds make good pets?

Birds are social animals and can form strong bonds with their humans. It is in your best interest to do some research into the different species. The average time commitment could be between 5 to 10 years. Some birds, like the cockatoo, can live up to 60 years in captivity! Birds are intelligent and need a lot of attention. This includes a varied and nutritious diet, regular exercise, and mental stimulation. Providing these will ensure their happiness and promote a stronger bond with you. Don’t forget, some birds are noisy or messy which may not be suitable for everyone

What are happy pets?

Happy pets are animals that are respected. This is key to their happiness and well-being. We acknowledge them as sentient beings with feelings, allowing a strong bond to form. These feelings range from joy and happiness to sadness and distress. Their humans take care of them in the same way they would take care of a member of their own human family. This intentional relationship creates a harmonious household for all.

How can happy pets benefit you?

There are countless studies that look into how pets are good for our mental health. They improve health and decrease stress for all family members. Animal companionship can also help children with their mental health and social skills. Happy pets benefit you the same way happy family members do. If one of your family is sick or unhappy it affects the entire household. This is the same with your pets. If they are under the weather or depressed it spills over to the family. Nothing rivals coming home to a joyful welcoming committee of dogs ecstatic to see you again! 

Happy Pets: Final Thoughts

It is not difficult to ensure your pet is happy and healthy. Stay connected and do research to learn more about your animal companion. You will find out how interconnected they are to their environment and you. We can empower and enrich their lives to create a positive impact on their well-being long term. A happy pet makes for a happy human!