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It’s not just you suffering from the January blues…
Research reveals that humans and pets can both suffer from the January blues. Fetch.co.uk, the online pet store, has looked into how you and your pet can both help each other get through January.
The new year has arrived which can means that for some Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) a.k.a, the January blues has kicked in. Each January, one in three people in Britain find themselves feeling low. The Christmas come down, going back to work, cold and wet weather; all these factors contribute to SAD. However, it’s not just humans that suffer – the nation’s pets have also been known to struggle.
- Research has revealed that pets also find it difficult to cope with the short days and long nights, often displaying similar symptoms of SAD to humans**.
- The research shows that 43% of pets have less energy, 59% sleep for longer and 47% demand more attention from their owners.
- In reaction to this, Fetch is encouraging owners to tackle SAD with their pets. Research has found* that spending time with pets can lift our moods.
Lauren Hayes, the in-house vet at Fetch, explains how owners and pets can help each other to combat SAD.
Start a new routine
“Now’s the time to start new habits. Pets like routine and finding new routes to explore will help keep things interesting for both you and your pet. Try to find new things to enjoy together. Grooming can be therapeutic for both owner and pet so spend a day pampering yourselves”.
“Just like us, pets crave attention. The most exciting part of the day for pets is often when their owner returns, showing how vital this interaction is. Check Meetup.com for pet owner meet ups and get socialising!”
Set new goals
“Why not make a resolution which will benefit both you and your pet? For example, aim to teach your pet a new trick every month – not only will your pet find it stimulating and fun but this type of activity will also help strengthen the bond between you”.
“It’s well known that gyms see an increase in members throughout January. Why not avoid gym fees and exercise with your pet? This could be as simple as daily runs with your dog or working your cat into your floor routines. There are also yoga sessions that owners can attend with their pets or if you’re looking for something a little more challenging why not try doggy boot camps or cross-training”.
*Research from the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
**Research from the PDSA
Fetch is a standalone online pet store currently stocking more than 6,000 products, ranging from food and treats to specialist healthcare products, toys, bed accessories and much more for a variety of animals including dogs, cats, birds as well as smaller animals including rabbits, guinea pigs and even chickens.
Fetch offers customers an extensive range at a competitive price point. The site regularly monitors prices to ensure customers always receive the products they want at prices they can trust. With prices starting at just 40p and free delivery when customers spend £29 or more, Fetch is set to revolutionise the way Britain shops for its furry and feathered friends, with the added benefits of excellent customer service and the unrivalled convenience of next day delivery in hourly slots between 6:30am and 11.30pm.