Moments of organized bliss will be rare in my lifetime. I don’t need a soothsayer to tell me so, either. Since our son has gone to attend college, I’ve pared down my chores to maximize my efficiency at home, but one thing is hard to compress into those extra few minutes I’ve spared myself: pet time.
I’m not sure where I got this idea, but someone (likely a pet behavior specialist) suggested that pet owners should spend at least five minutes a day with their pets.
That’s five minutes per each pet, mind you.
Along with work, shopping, cooking, housecleaning, and getting enough sleep, where am I supposed to carve that time from?
If I count the time I spend daily feeding our cats and making sure that they have enough water, that’s already taken up several minutes per cat. Plus I have chosen to monitor them when they eat, to discourage them from sharing expensive food that isn’t intended for them. Not to mention the daily chore of scooping cat debris out of the seven kitty litter boxes in our house. No, I think it’s pretty safe to assume that whoever made this suggestion meant quality time vis-a-vis playing with your pet, brushing or combing its fur – even cleaning its teeth. All are hands-on measures that can make a pet’s homelife complete.
It’s also likely to be good for pet enthusiasts when we pay more attention to our little charges every day. It’s been shown that having pets can lower people’s blood pressure and have a positive effect on people’s moods. As long as your pet is not a service animal, which you might need for basic living assistance, think of time spent with a pet as a mini-vacation from ordinary stress brought on by the workplace.
And no, I wouldn’t suggest setting up a web cam to see what a pet is doing while anyone is gone from home.
Quality time is face-to-face time.
Dog owners get built-in quality time when walking with their pooches. They get the added benefit of exercising right along with their pets.
Do you think you can make a shift in your time allotment to spend more of it with your animal pals? Getting back to the basics of enjoying a pet’s antics is time worth spending.
After all, laughter is said to be the best medicine.
Spend some minutes today with your dog or cat, or any other pet, for that matter – give your pet a chance to dispense some bliss for you.