11 Things to Help Your Pet Beat the Back-to-School Blues

Kids aren’t the only ones who get the back-to-school blues.
By: Chewy.com Product Specialists
Dog and cat sitting by door

Kids aren’t the only ones who get the back-to-school blues. When everyone returns to their busy schedules and the kids leave for school every morning, our pets can get pretty lonesome at home. The long school day, after-school activities and PTA meetings will have them missing the company of their pack—something they’ve gotten used to over the summer. And being alone all day can lead to boredom and sadness.

Here are three ways to prevent blues in your pet and 11 products help make the transition easier:

Keep Your Pet Calm

Your pet may be anxious when he’s home alone, but calming collars and chews help them relax. A pheromone calming collar for both cats and dogs mimic the pheromones that mother dogs and cats release to reassure their little ones and can calm a nervous pet down.

You can also soothe your pet’s worries with bite-size chews from VetriScience for both dogs and cats.

Sentry HC Good Behavior Pheromone Cat Calming Collar

VetriScience Composure Behavioral Health Bite-Sized Dog Chews

Keep Your Pet Busy

It’s not so bad if your pack has to spend some time away during the day, provided there’s a fun toy to play with at home. Hours will seem like minutes as your pup gnaws on a dino-shaped dental chew or paws at a treat-dispensing toy.

Nylabone DuraChew Dental Chew Dinosaur Dog Toy

Starmark Treat Dispensing Bob-a-Lot Dog Toy

For the feline family members, a cat scratcher toy (they can also chase!) outfitted with a grooming arch and a sprinkle of organic catnip keeps multiple kitties entertained for hours as they bat around the flashing ball, rub their chins on the arch and claw away at the scratcher.

Bergan Star Chaser Turbo Scratcher Cat Toy

PetGuard 100% Organic Catnip

Keep Your Pet Happy

Knowing your pet is happy—and not hungry and thirsty—will help make time away from each other easier for everyone.

A programmable feeder will keep your pet’s feeding schedule on track. You can set it to dispense food up to 12 times a day so they’ll never miss a meal. Thirsty pups and kitties, no matter how big or small, can take a drink from a stainless-steel pet fountain that simulates a stream with filtered, free-flowing water.