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February 20th is known as Love Your Pet Day. It’s like Valentine’s Day - but just for our four-legged beauties. 


Even though this special day only occurs once every 365 days (occasionally 366 days), it is very important to make the most of it. I mean – our pets listen to our less than average singing in the shower and above average dramatisations of daily events – who would we even be if we didn’t give a little back?


Even Peary Perry agrees, as he once said “you can tell a lot about a man by the way he treats [animals]” … sooooo the pressure is most certainly on. But not to fret – here are our top tips to help you make the most of this awesome day and preserve your place as #1 in your pet’s heart.

 

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❤ FOOD


Oh my word – yes! Showing your love in the form of delectable DOG and CAT treats is never a bad idea. My baby bear simply cannot get enough of those succulent SHEBA cans and I’m not even joking.


If you’re not a fan of buying their love, then why not try your hand at making some of these mouth-watering PET DIY treats with love. It’s easy, tried and tested by the ePETstore team, boasts happy tummy reviews and is great for bonding in the kitchen and on the couch later too.

 
Stuffing a KONG toy with xylitol- and sugar-free peanut butter is also the ultimate spoil for dogs to indulge in. Just remember to overall stay away from human food like alcohol, bones, coffee, macadamia nuts, seeds (from fruit) and yeast dough.


❤ PLAY


With the new year in full swing, I think some of us might have been slacking in the quality time department. Why not use FEBRUARY 20th as a reason to book a playdate with your forever fabulous fur-child?

 
Invest in some DOG and CAT interactive toys, if yours have seen better days OR simply roll some socks around the living room floor (especially if you’re still suffering from the financial aftermath of the festive season)


For cats, can you ever truly go wrong with CATNIP infused toys? I think not. And for dogs, well, I think sacrificing your sanity for an afternoon of SQUEAKY delight is definitely welcomed on LOVE YOUR PET DAY.

 
❤ SOCIAL MEDIA


If you’re all about that click-click like-like, then you simply MUST snap-snap and share-share away. Have your pets pose in unique corners and spots in and around the house and make a day of it, make a love your pet day of it (I couldn’t resist). February 20th is after all about appreciating our pets, so having social media appreciate them too is just a stupendous idea.


❤ WALKS AND SPECIAL TRIPS


February is also the last month of summer – TEARS! So enjoy a day out and about (responsibly) and let your pets stretch those legs and have the wind blow through their fur. A quick drive around the block is usually thoroughly adored too.


Head off to the park you know OR head off on an adventure. Our dogs go cray-cray over new sights and smells – so a special trip to a fresh, unexplored and dog-friendly location (i.e. beach, lagoon, hiking trail and what not) is the ultimate treat really.

SIDE NOTE – just make sure they’re safe, comfortable and indeed happy once you’ve arrived, because new environments can be intimidating, just throwing it out there.


❤ PAMPER, SHAMPOO, WASH AND BRUSH


ALL pets go absolutely nuts over a massage session. Why not pop those fur-bods onto the bed and as you binge watch your favourite series together, just stroke, hug and love them (I adore giving the gift of the occasional tickle, it drives my cat mad in the best possible way).

SIDE NOTE – according to PetMD, pet massages increase blood flow and lymphatic circulation in pets, relieves stress, aids muscles and boosts their immune system too. Did your jaw just drop as well? I know, it’s amazing.


If they’re a bit too dirty for the bed and a full on bath seems just too daunting, invest in some pet perfect WATERLESS SHAMPOO and/or spectacular GROOMING WIPES as a speedy solution. If you have loads of energy, giving your dog a bath is fantastic for bonding and cooling them off in the immense February heat too.

 
And then the brushing – if your dog is relatively easy to groom at home, just go for it. IF NOT however – book them into your local and trusted grooming parlour for a fabulous clean and pamper sesh. 


You can try giving kitty a brush, some will tolerate it and others won’t. Luckily with cats we always know where we stand. Make sure you have the right TOOLS though, because if your cat is long haired, then regular brushing should be part of your routine anyway. EEEEK.


❤ CONCLUSION


I try to make every day a February 20th, because my fur-child demands attention and I clearly raised a diva. 


But all jokes aside, being a pet-parent is about more than feeding them and popping them in the car for those annual trips to the vet. It’s about loving them and making them feel like the kings and queens that they really really really are.


 
 
Feel free to let us know in the comment section below how you celebrated Love Your Pet Day  because we would simply LOVE to hear your story!

Comine du Toit
Animal lover and cat fanatic, Comine du Toit is a Freelance Copywriter at ePETstore in South Africa. She is a mom to a very energetic Sphynx, and the godmother to a clowder of cats, a kennel of dogs as well as a flock of geese. She's a firm believer that pets are family.
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