How to take care of a pet when you’re a full-time worker

As so many of us work full-time, it can be hard to give our pets the attention they require. While it can sometimes be the more caring option to give away a pet to whom you cannot properly donate your time, this should be a last resort. If you work full-time and either have a pet or are thinking of adopting one, here are our tips for how to organise yourself so you can continue to live with your favourite companion.

As dogs are one of the most popular pets (alongside cats) around the world and require the most interactive care, this list primarily focuses on them. However, much of this advice also applies to other common pets, including cats, rabbits, birds and rodents.

Seek help

Ask someone to visit

Whether it is to feed and water your pet or simply to spend some time with them, consider asking a trusted neighbour, friend or nearby family member to pop in once or twice throughout the day. They can make sure your pet is okay and give them some play and attention, too.

Day care or a walker

While most pets can be left on their own, dogs require interaction and regular walks so they can run off their excess energy. A doggy day care will provide them with company throughout the day and somewhere to play. Failing that, hire a walker so your dog can get out of the house for a bit and have some company.

Consider more than one pet

Cat and dog experts at James Wellbeloved advise that pets make great companions for one another, provided they have been introduced to each other properly and understand they share your home. Consider a second pet so they can interact, play and give one another company.

Explore options with your employer

Working from home or bringing your pet to work

If your employer offers opportunities to work remotely, try to negotiate a timetable to do so. Even just a couple of days a week will make a huge difference to your pet (and to your bank balance if you pay someone else to look after them the rest of the week).

Alternatively, consider asking permission to take your pet to work. Such employers are rare but they do exist, so ask if an arrangement can be made.

Popping home during the day

If you are unable to work remotely or bring your pet to work, but happen to work close enough to your home, take your lunch break at home where you can be with your pet.

Keep your pet happy at home

Finally, keep your pet happy while they are alone. Make sure they have plenty of water and toys to entertain themselves. Then, when you get home, be sure to devote your time to them. Give your cat a cuddle, play with your dog and spend time with your pets so they receive your affection.