27 Things That’ll Help Keep Your Pet Soothed Whenever They’re Home Alone
Because your pet has better things to do than belt "Aaaaaaaall byyyyyyy myyyyyyseeeeeeelf...." into a hairbrush when you leave them home alone.
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1. A unique “Snuggery” pet bed from Furhaven that’ll give your furry friend a super cozy place to cuddle up in. The hood attached to the top of the orthopedic foam sleeping surface can either be propped open with a flexible tube to create a little tent, or left loose as a blanket so your favorite burrower can tuck themself right in.
2. A polo-style ThunderShirt anxiety vest that’ll help your pupper feel safe in stressful situations. This wraparound vest applies gentle pressure around your furry friend, which in turn can aid in alleviating fear or anxiety during thunderstorms, fireworks, travel, or even episodes of separation anxiety. It’s sort of like a wearable, weighted blanket for dogs.
3. A touch-activated Purr Pillow toy – it'll literally start purring whenever your cat snuggles it. The purring will last for two minutes once activated, providing instant comfort to stressed-out kitties — and as a bonus, the toy can be machine-washed, as long as you remove the purring mechanism first.
4. Or, a tower track toy that’ll keep the most energetic of cats occupied for ages. The cat shelter I volunteer at has a few of these bad boys scattered around the main room, and they’re a huge hit with the more active, boredom-prone cats in residence. The place is constantly echoing with the sounds of little plastic balls rattling around the three tiers of each tower. (And yes, it's adorable.)
5. A Smart Pet Love Snuggle Puppy plush toy designed specifically to ease anxiety in stressed pets. The secret is the “real-feel” heartbeat mechanism hidden inside the toy; it mimics what a pupper would hear and feel when cozied up with a parent or litter, providing comfort and alleviating loneliness.
6. A Lickimat feeder mat, so you can solve both boredom and anxiety issues for your lonesome pal, and give them a tasty treat, all in one go. Licking can be soothing for pets in addition to helping them stay busy, so spreading these mats with peanut butter, pumpkin, or another squooshy kind of treat, freezing them, and then letting Queen Elizabark have a go at them will keep them occupied and pacified in the most delicious way possible.
7. A calming spray and balm set that uses ingredients like lavender and lemon balm to bring tranquility to frazzled doggos. If you know something stressful is about to pop up for your pup – from a fireworks display beginning to you, their faithful owner, leaving them alone for a bit (how dare you) – spritz the spray near where they like to hang out and rub a little of the balm over their fur with your hands; it might help Droolius Caesar keep their cool in the face tension or strain. (Pro tip: Patch test this stuff on your pet first, just to be on the safe side!)
8. An anti-anxiety pet bed, because your pet deserves to nap somewhere so comfortable, they never want to leave. It’s basically a fluffy bean bag chair for your equally fluffy companion – and if they like to nest or burrow, this pick is perfect for that.
9. Some turkey-flavored calming bites that’ll quiet your hyperactive pup right down – no more coming home to mass destruction at the paws of your furriest friend. These chews are peppered with ingredients like hemp seed, chamomile, and a li’l bit of melatonin – and they taste just like treats!
10. A self-warming pet blanket, so you can keep your pal both toasty and safe. True, there are tons of heated pet beds out there – but many of them are powered by electricity, and, well, leaving something electric and heated on while you’re not home is… not usually the safest idea. This blanket, however, has a thermal core that warms up with and retains your pet’s own body heat. How neat is that?
11. A calming dog collar that reviewers say does wonders for dogs with separation anxiety. In addition to soothing essential oils like lavender and chamomile, this adjustable collar uses ~pheromones~ (yes, really) to mimic what a pup experiences hanging around their mom. It’s good for 60 days before it needs to be swapped out for a new one, too.
12. An anxiety-reducing diffuser kit, so you can fill the air with calming vibes for your pet. It works kind of like a plug-in scent diffuser, except that instead of, like, the smell of fresh rainfall, it releases pheromones into the air that might help de-stress Ruth Bader Ginspurr. This kit comes with the diffuser and a 30-day supply of the pheromone formula; all you need to do is refill it once a month.
13. A snuffle mat that’ll keep your doggo active and engaged while you’re away. Hide a couple of treats in the many folds and flaps of the mat and watch Mary Puppins go to town hunting them down – all while helping to cut down on destructive behavior they might otherwise take out on your couch, your curtains, your rugs, your coffee table books…
14. A suckling pillow for kitties who were weaned a little too soon – or who might just not have grown out of the habit. Kittens suckle for obvious reasons, but sometimes adult cats will do it, too – usually when they’re stressed. That’s where this pillow comes in: It’s equipped with four little rubber nubs Captain Purrcard can suck on if they need to self-soothe. You can even tuck some catnip inside the pillow, if that’s your cat’s jam.
15. A bag of calming cat food specially formulated to help smooth out William Shakespurr’s rough edges. This vet-recommended pick includes amino acids, Alpha-casozepine, L-tryptophan, and vitamin B, all of which can help with anxiety and behavioral issues when regularly incorporated into your kitty's diet.
16. A good ol’ fashioned rubber KONG toy that’ll keep your pup distracted for hours. There’s a reason the KONG is a classic; it just… works. Pack it full of peanut butter, spray cheese, or other treats and let Arf Vader loose on it before you head out the door – they’ll be so busy with it, they’ll hardly know you’re gone.
17. A Furbo dog camera so you can keep an eye on your pet while you’re gone. This camera, which can be controlled from your phone, features night vision, motion detection, and a barking alert, so you’ll always know what Indiana Bones is up to – and since it also has audio capabilities, you can actually talk to your pal through it if they start getting a little rowdy. You can even use the smartphone app to make the camera toss a treat to your pet. Who's a good boy?
18. Some cat chews aimed at helping your fickle feline regain their composure. These treat-like bites are aimed at managing everyday stress, so if you’re trying to get Cat Benatar used to you leaving the house, incorporating them into their routine might make it easier for them to bear.
19. A highly-rated crate, so your pet always has somewhere safe to curl up in when they’re feeling anxious. Trick it out with some comfy bedding (remember that self-heating blanket? It’d be perfect here!), add a cover if your animal companion is into sheltered spaces, and voila – you’ve created the perfect “me time” spot for Sherlock Bones, whether you’re home with them or not.
20. A bag of bedtime dog biscuits that are good for calming your pupper down at any time, not just when it's time to turn in. Gluten-free and made primarily of brown rice flour, clover honey, rosemary, and ground lavender and chamomile flowers, these tasty treats aim to soothe your pet both inside and out.
21. A window seat for your cat, so they can satisfy their nosy natures from the safety of their own home. Unlike pet hammocks that attach to window panes with suction cups, this one sits directly on the window sill – and although that means that your sills have to be a little on the wide side to accommodate it, it definitely adds some extra stability.
22. A bottle of Nature’s Miracle’s calming spray for cats, so you can help Aaron Purr relax with just a few spritzes. The formula isn’t a sedative; instead, it uses flower and herbal extracts to help cool your kitty’s jets. Just mist their favorite places to rest and watch them melt.
23. A nylon BarkBone that’ll stand up to even the most enthusiastic of chewers. Oh, and hey, guess what? It is ~flavored~. Give Jane Pawsten the gift of a toy that tastes like cheddar cheese or bacon and they will love you forever. (Not that they didn’t already, but you know what I mean.)
24. A Pet Acoustics Pet Tunes speaker to fill the room with relaxing tunes just for your pupper. Music has been found to calm dogs down when they’re stressed out or nervous – and the 90 minutes of music that comes pre-loaded onto this Bluetooth speaker has been designed specifically to help cut down on barking and pacing, and generally chill Bilbo Waggins out. It’ll play for eight hours at a stretch, too.
25. A fuzzy, anxiety-fighting blanket, so your pet can burrow to their heart’s content. There is nothing cuter than a doggo who literally tucks themself in.
26. A versatile bunny toy your doggo can cuddle or wrestle with, depending how their anxiety manifests. Multiple squeakers and some crinkle paper will keep active dogs busy, while the plush exterior is perfect for nervous dogs to snuggle.
27. And an automatic pet food dispenser, so your pet will always be safe in the knowledge that they’ll be fed at the same time every day. This feeder’s hopper can hold up to seven liters – that’s 29 cups! – of dry kibble, and it can be programmed to drop food into tray up to four times a day. The best part? It can run on both electricity and batteries – so if there’s a power outage, the feeder will still function, thanks to its backup batteries.
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