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Ways To Make Your Pet Feel Loved

February 15 2024

Pets are amazing companions: they offer comfort, friendship, endless snuggles, live entertainment, and, perhaps most importantly, unconditional love. We can form very powerful bonds with our animal companions, but that relationship must be based on mutual love and trust. Just like people, pets need to feel loved to truly be happy. It’s not hard to get Fido’s tail wagging or get Fluffy to start purring. However, if you really want to make sure your pet feels loved, read on! A local Rancho Santa Fe, CA vet offers some insight into this article below.

Talk To Your Pet

While we aren’t sure exactly how many words our furry pals understand, it may be more than you think. Research indicates that Fido can understand over 100 words and phrases. The average pup can learn about 165 words, but some super smart pups can learn up to 250. 

Of course, even if your pet doesn’t know what you’re saying, talking to them can still be very beneficial. The sound of your voice will soothe your furry friend. They’ll also know that you are communicating with them. 

Always use a gentle, friendly tone. Many pets enjoy that ‘baby talk’ tone, though it isn’t a must. Pay attention to how your pet reacts. You may find that the more you talk to and interact with your furry pal, the more interactive they become. Fido may tilt his head when you ask him a question, while Fluffy may start purring and rubbing her head against you when you talk to her.

Play With Your Pet Regularly

Playing with your pet can also go a long way towards bonding and making them feel loved and safe. This benefits your pet in many ways. It’s great for bonding, and also helps keep your pet fit and strong. This is of course very important for their health. The stimulation and entertainment are also very important for their health and well-being.

Keep in mind that pets are all unique, and they all have preferences for how they like to play. One cat may be obsessed with catching the red dot from a laser pointer: another may show no interest at all, but love smacking ice cubes around the kitchen floor. Try different toys and games and see what your pet likes best. Just be sure to check in with your vet regularly to ensure that you’re choosing games that are safe and suitable for your pet.

Show Your Pet Affection

No surprises here: belly rubs, ear scritches, and forehead pets can all help soothe your pet and make them feel loved. You never want to force attention on a pet: that can backfire, and make them feel uneasy or even scared. However, many pets really crave feeling loved. That close contact is good for you both. When you cuddle with pets, a special hormone, called oxytocin, is released. This is the same hormone that is released in mothers and babies as they cuddle. It reinforces feeling safe and loved.

Provide Your Pet Small Comforts

Pets have a way of reminding us to appreciate the little things. Sometimes those little things can make a huge difference. Cats, for instance, are pretty much universally obsessed with boxes. Give your kitty that empty Amazon box to look adorable in!

A good bed is a must. This can make a huge difference in your pet’s quality of life. Orthopedic beds are ideal for many dogs, particularly seniors and large dogs. Cats, well, cats will sleep on pretty much anything. You can make lots of cozy napping spots for Fluffy just by putting soft folded blankets into boxes or baskets, or putting them on an ottoman.

Keep Up WithYour Pet’s Grooming Needs

Many animals groom each other to show love and affection. While some pets need more grooming than others, even taking time to brush your furry pal can help them feel loved and safe. This applies to baths, too. Fido may not be particularly fond of bathtime, but he will feel much more comfortable with clean fur. Don’t forget about nail care and dental health! 

Offer Your Pet Fun Toys

It’s always cute seeing how excited pets get when you give them a new toy. It doesn’t matter how many toys Fluffy and Fido already have. They are always excited to play with something different. Remember to pick up new playthings regularly. If you’re working on a tight budget, as many are these days, look into DIY options. There are many ways to upcycle things like old shirts and clothing to make cute toys for your pet. An old shirt or a worn out pair of jeans can make a rope toy for Fido, or be sewn into a catnip mouse for Fluffy.

Bedtime Snuggles

This one mostly applies to cats. We know that many people prefer not to let Fido sleep in their beds, which is understandable. Kitties actually love to snuggle up with their humans at night. In fact, Fluffy will adjust her napping schedule to suit yours. (She may also wake you up by pouncing on your toes, and has a habit of taking over most of the bed, but that’s just to be expected.)

Learn To Read Them

Pets can’t tell us how they are feeling, so we have to rely on nonverbal cues. While most people know the basics, there are many nuances that are easily missed. For instance, a cat that is feeling uneasy may sit in a hunched position, while a dog that is uncertain may wag his tail slowly. Take time to learn about your pet and what their stance, expression, and behavior says.

It’s also crucial to learn the signs of discomfort and pain. Some are obvious, but others can be quite subtle. This is important, because so many medical issues can be treated most effectively if they are caught and diagnosed early.

Provide Stimulation

Toys are important, but they shouldn’t be the only form of enrichment your pet has. Cats are safer staying in, but they love looking out windows and watching birds and squirrels. Fido will benefit from regular walks and playtime. Even doing something small, like leaving a light and TV on for your pet when you leave them home alone can improve their quality of life.


Make sure your pet has a chance to explore and investigate things. For Fluffy, you can provide furniture and things for her to climb and explore. Dogs, of course, often love to visit parks and trails. Everyone gets bored with the same old/same old! 

Always Treat Pets With Respect

This one is simple, but it actually encompasses quite a few things. Cats, for instance, hate using dirty litterboxes, and who can blame them? Treat pets with kindness and compassion, and avoid teasing them. It’s also best to stick with positive reinforcement when training. Ask your Rancho Santa Fe, CA veterinarian for more  information.

Visit Your Rancho Santa Fe, CA Veterinary Clinic Regularly

We know, Fido and Fluffy usually prefer to stay home than visit their doctors. However, just like people, they need proper health care to stay happy and healthy. In addition to keeping up with their regular appointments, it’s also important to watch for signs of sickness. If you notice any signs of sickness or discomfort, address the issue immediately. 

Tricks And Training

This may be mostly for dogs, but we can’t count Fluffy out entirely. Some kitties do learn tricks! For instance, quite a few kitties teach themselves to play Fetch with their humans.

In conclusion: Pets can become extremely attached to their humans. That relationship and bond won’t form on their own, though. Small touches can make a huge difference as far as making your pet feel loved, and just improving their quality of life. 

Is your pet due for an appointment? Contact us, your local Rancho Santa Fe, CA veterinary clinic, anytime!