Living life inside is great for your cat’s long-term health and longevity, and indoor plant play fulfills many feline instincts. Outdoors, a cat will certainly check out and nibble at an appealing plant they find on their rounds, even though they’re considered carnivores.
As some states begin easing back on COVID-19 restrictions, the world is slowly starting to reopen. Still, things aren’t going to spring back to life as we knew it back in early March. The world is different now. What do these changes mean for brick-and-mortar pet retailers and their customers?
As the weather warms and you head outside to have some fun with your dog, that extra scratching and fur biting brings a timely reminder: It’s flea season.
What makes life with your dog or cat so great? You might say it’s the unconditional love, the fact they’re always glad to see you, the hilarious antics. Turns out living with pets comes with an impressive list of benefits to our mental health and overall wellness.
Keeping a small business afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic is a struggle, and independent pet suppliers are not immune. Foot traffic is down. Pet parents are focused on necessities like food and litter, spending less on toys and other high-margin items. Some businesses had to shutter services like dog grooming to limit face-to-face contact.
Cats are beloved family members. When they live indoors where the risk of injury, infection and death are many times lower, a cat can take a special spot in your life for as many as 20 years.
Getting through the COVID-19 pandemic creates obstacles for many small businesses. The big one for independent pet suppliers is the fact that foot traffic is down. It’s true that the feeding of pets still falls under the category of essential business in many states and locales.
Dogs are people magnets. When you’re out for a walk, and your companion has an adorable furry face and is oozing charm, the dog enthusiasts that cross your path can’t help but stop to say hello. Even grumpy dogs that bark at everyone can attract new friends.
In the eyes and hearts of pet parents, dogs are full-fledged members of the family. For that reason, they care more than ever about what’s in that bag of dry dog food or in that tin of meat and gravy.
As a small-business owner, cultivating trust in your customers has always been a top priority. But then, the COVID-19 pandemic comes along and puts your business on the line. When you’re focused on survival, it’s tough to keep that in balance with the trust you want to maintain with your customers.
For active, energetic dogs, an agility course you can set up in your backyard can be just the outlet for their endless reserves. A homemade backyard agility course is also great for those times when you want to stick close to home and provide the exercise your dog needs to stay active and healthy.
Working from home with pets around is one of the perks of logging in at your kitchen table, along with being dressed in head-to-toe fleece. For an increasing number of workers, the option and opportunity is there to spend at least a portion of the work getting stuff done in the comfort of their home.
Doing things with your dog that you both enjoy is a sure way to strengthen your bond and build your relationship. But when these activities also engage his mind and increase his activity level, it’s a winner.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, you’ll want to make sure your digital assets — from your website to your social media pages — are up to date — so customers can know they’re getting accurate information when it’s time to head out and stock up on pet supplies.
So you want to add a furry friend to your family, but you or someone you love is allergic to dogs. This presents one of those good-news, bad-news situations.
When living with dogs, one consideration is whether their specific breed is suited to the climate you’re living in. Now it’s not unheard of for a Chihuahua to live a joy-filled life in Alaska and an Alaskan Malamute to summer in Florida. If your dog doesn’t happen to be the perfect match for your part of the country, nothing wrong with that.
Staff is one of your highest operating expenses, but without your staff, achieving growth for your independent pet retail brand is impossible. When you’re weighing whether hiring more roles in your shop is worthwhile, or if you can get ahead by sticking with…
Your cat is staring at the bathroom faucet, would like a head scratch, or wants to be let in from outside — any of these things can set off the chorus of meowing.
Most pet parents find these meows cute and endearing. But sometimes, cats can get excessive with their meows..