Indoor pets are a joy like no other. And most are perfectly content to occupy your home whether you’re with them or not, and they may not even notice your absence. But not all pets are so nonchalant when their owner leaves them alone.
There are many indoor animals that fear being left alone. But what can you do? Well, YouTube can help you with that.
Why would your pet need to watch YouTube channels?
So how can YouTube help you? Well, it’s simple. There are countless websites for finding advice as a pet owner, and YouTube is no different – it’s full of pet-centric channels. In particular, it has tons of videos that you can play in the background, so your pet can hear or watch when you leave the house. Some even offer visual stimulation. It may sound silly, but it can help a lot.
Some animals don’t like to be left alone just because they are bored. Others are sad that you are not there. And some suffer from severe separation anxiety, and it can even be dangerous to leave them alone because they might do something to hurt themselves.
Whether it’s boredom, sadness, stress, anxiety, fear, or just missing you, a relaxing background video can help soothe your pets. Here are five YouTube channels to get you started.
After all, if it works, it can help your pets a lot. If not, you can find other alternatives to help them. Maybe set up a hidden camera and spy on them to see if it’s worth it.
PetTunes – Music for Pets is an awesome channel because it aims to soothe your pet when you’re away and provides informative videos about various pets that you might find useful.
Throughout the YouTube channel, you can find one-hour, four-, 16-, and even 20-hour videos. Also strewn about are 30 and 40 minute relaxing videos for those quicker outings. Some of the uploads on the YouTube channel focus solely on music, while others combine music with visual stimulation.
There are videos that focus on just about every type of indoor pet. You can start a music playlist for your pet, starting with the most common cats and dogs and going through rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, ferrets and rats, and it there is even a chinchilla. The PetTunes – Music for Pets YouTube channel is definitely worth checking out.
As the name suggests, the Relax Your Dog – Calming Music and TV YouTube channel is all about helping dogs stay calm. It’s the perfect place to use when you’re away and your pet is home alone.
The channel is full of long-form videos spanning double digits. Titles are usually super descriptive, so you can see what videos are recommended for and choose between those that focus on music or those that also include visuals.
The channel Relax Your Dog shares that its videos include lullabies, specially chosen to “combat separation anxiety and reduce behavioral problems”. So if your dog is struggling with similar issues, give it a try and see if these videos help.
Cats are usually pretty cool pets, as some don’t even care if you’re there or not. However, the others care a lot and every time you leave, a series of destructive behaviors ensue. Keeping a cat calm seems like a pretty serious undertaking. Luckily, there are plenty of mobile apps for cat owners and cat lovers to help them with their pets. But playing a video designed to appease cats can’t really hurt, can it?
Calm Your Cat – Relaxing Music and TV for Cats is a treasure trove of calming clips for cats. There are a ton of long and extra-long videos you can play, and, again, some of them don’t just rely on the musical aspect. You can find videos that feature interactive visuals, such as those featuring birds in the wild or featuring games for your feline companion.
The YouTube channel also has plenty of shorter videos that host curious facts and useful information about cats, so it’s worth checking out.
Besides an absolutely stellar name, the Dogfather YouTube channel has a range of videos that can help you with your dog. Granted, it’s not as stacked as the other channels mentioned, but it still has an impressive list.
The videos tend to be between three and four hours long, but you can also find shorter ones. A fun aspect of the videos uploaded to this YouTube channel is that some of them are breed specific.
Each clip has a descriptive name that includes a particular breed of dog, so you can match the YouTube video to your dog’s breed if you want to be more specific in your attempt to soothe your pet. Of course, there are also videos aimed at dogs in general and not at a separate breed.
Some dogs act even if you are still in the house, but leave the room. So you’re in a bind if you’re waiting for a Zoom call, need to call for a date, or just need five minutes of alone time to meditate, work out, or anything else. The good news is that there are still plenty of ways to stay productive when working from home with your dog.
Having background music that won’t bother you if you have to listen to it for a while is invaluable. Merlin’s Realms – Music for Dogs and Humans YouTube channel focuses on creating content that can work for both people and their furry companions.
Videos on the YouTube channel tend to be around twelve hours long, although you can certainly find shorter ones. They are usually named in a way that suggests their best use. Like, music for separation anxiety, sleep music for dogs, busy your dog clips, etc. It’s an awesome way to share YouTube with your dog in a way that makes you both happy.
Don’t worry; You will understand
Things change when you become a pet owner, routines change and alone time becomes a long forgotten concept. Pets usually come first and you feel bad when you have to leave them alone to go about your life – going to work, seeing friends, grocery shopping, etc.
But these are things that have to happen, and pets don’t always see your struggle or understand why you leave them behind. But you can use any available resources that offer a helping hand.
Don’t be too hard on yourself, especially if you’re a first-time pet owner and you’re still figuring it all out with your pet and the new normal.