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How to Create the Perfect Pet Den

Blog Home Oct 23, 2020

From firework season to house moves, new babies, building work and changing work routines, there’s an almost endless list of things going on in our lives which can cause stress to our furry friends.

According to animal mental health expert, Dr. Robert Falconer-Taylor, our floofs – especially dogs – could be struggling with anxiety, and some of this can be picked up from pet parents. 

At Itch, we’re proud to have worked with Dr. Falconer-Taylor to develop a specially designed ‘Calming Cubby’ to help pets feel safe and secure in their homes, especially during times of change.

Why should I build a pet den?

It’s super important our pets always have a safe, comforting space they can retreat to.

Giving your pet enough time to associate their new den as a safe place to be will increase the level of comfort the den will offer them during stressful or scary times.

Our animal mental health aficionado, Dr. Falconer-Taylor said:

“Having a den in the home will enhance coping, not only reducing stress but over time increasing confidence outside of the den, as well as in.”

Our free downloadable guide to building your own safe space includes info on the bonding process that takes place between us pet parents and our floofs, meaning they not only associate the den with safety and security, but with us too.

Where shall I build my pet’s den?

Typically, dogs prefer to hide in dark, quiet places away from the household activity, but they may also want to be close to a person for added security.

For cats, the location of the den will be a raised area where the sight and sound of the stimulus are reduced — often the airing cupboard, the top of a wardrobe (particularly if a box covered in thick material or an igloo style bed can be placed there) or under a bed.

Ensuring you’re building the den/cubby in the right place will mean that your pet is not on high alert – so whether there’s fireworks happening outside or someone slams a door inside, rest assured, they will be protected and know that no one will come and disturb them. 

What should I include in my pet’s den?

To download our FREE den building guide, click here.

Make it an extra zen space by scattering some calming treats inside for them to enjoy! These tasty nibbles contain Lavender and Camomile, as well as added prebiotics to keep their tum happy.

Remember guys, a den is for life. By keeping it intact (not just pulling it out for Bonfire Night), your pet will always know they have a safe place they can retreat to for the long haul.

Download the guide here