Boredom Could Be Stressing Out Your Pet

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By Dr. Ernie Ward, via Vetstreet

Try this little experiment: Ask a four-year-old to lie very still in a room by himself for six to nine hours, with no games, no books and no human interaction. Sure, he can look outside and watch other kids play - but he has to stay indoors.

When you return home, tell that child he can walk outside for 10 minutes, but then it's back in for the night. Repeat this routine daily.

SEE ALSO: Sights, Smells and Sounds That Stress Out Pets

Ridiculous, you say? Of course it is. Yet this is often exactly what we ask of our pets, causing them undue emotional stress in the process.

Pets on the Brink of Boredom
Believe it or not, one of the chief stressors for many homebound animals is idle time. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for indoors-only pets. My two dogs and cats live inside, but they also go outside for an hour or more every day. Not only do my cats have access to a screened-in porch, I've also trained them to explore the backyard during supervised "walk-n-stalks."

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