Who doesn’t love to shower their furry friends with affection? From belly rubs that turn pups into puddles of joy to cuddle sessions that could rival the coziest of blankets, our pets know how to reel us in.
And let’s talk about cosleeping – who can resist the adorable sight of a snoozing cat or dog right next to us?
Those belly rubs? They’re not just for your pet’s pleasure; studies show they reduce your stress too. Cuddles? They release oxytocin, aka the “love hormone,” making your bond even stronger. Co-sleeping? Well, it might not always give you the best night’s sleep, but waking up to a paw in your face is somehow endearing.
But here’s the buzzkill: there’s one thing you should never do with your pet, no matter how much you adore them.
Is it sharing food from your plate?
Although, be careful. Some human foods can be toxic to pets, landing both of you in a not-so-fun situation. Chocolate, grapes, and onions might be delicious for us, but they’re a big no-no for your furball.
Being a big couch potato?
Again, not great for your furry friends.
Pets need physical activity to stay healthy and happy. Obesity can lead to a range of health issues, so play fetch, go for walks, and keep them moving.
So what is the ONE thing you should never do to your pet because you might get sick?
STOP KISSING TURTLES, PEOPLE.
The CDC has linked a salmonella outbreak occurring across 11 states to small turtles. Now they recommend Americans distance themselves from such reptiles if they have them as pets.