Your pet is a part of your family. Heck, your pet is a part of who you are as a person. So it’s only natural to feel that nagging sense of guilt when you leave your home and leave your furry friend behind.
The heartbreaking truth is, your pet can’t stand it when you’re away. Every minute of your absence is worse than the last. But leaving the house is an unavoidable part of life. And we’re all forced to accept that it’s simply impossible to be around all the time to make sure our companions are comfortable.
Now, if you’re starting to feel a little bummed out, don’t worry: It’s all going to work out in the end. First, look at your favourite picture of your pet so you can put a smile back on your face. Second, if you think the old standards of comfort aren’t enough — making sure your pet has enough food and water, playing with it before you leave, buying toys that keep it busy — read the following list closely, because there are some teched-up ways to help your pet forget that he or she is home alone.
1. Let there be light… all the time
Your pet feels the weight of your absence more than you do. Whereas we know that we’ll return — whether in a matter of minutes or hours — your pet can never be completely sure. This lingering abandonment concern can be compounded by darkness and truly unnerve your companion. Turning the lights on gives your home a look of normalcy that can help assure your pet that everything will be fine.
If you’re a stickler about the electricity bill, however, the idea of leaving some or all of your lights on probably doesn’t seem like a practical solution. But what if you could turn a couple, key lights on, right when you needed to? Say you’re stuck in traffic at the end of the day and it’s getting dark — with Samsung SmartThings, you have the power to remotely switch on the lights in your house, and give your pet a comforting, homey place to await your arrival.
2. Use the TV to help distract your pet
Is your pet more of a sports fan or soap opera fan? Probably neither, to be honest, but studies have shown that pets surprisingly love it when the television is on in your home.
For the most part, animals have impeccable hearing, but this natural ability has the potential to work against our furry friends when they’re home alone. When your pet is nervous, every sound — from passing truck to a creaky floorboard — is amplified to an unsettling level. However,research indicates that the television restores a normal level of noise to a home, allowing your pet to feel less alone and less focused on scary sounds.
You don’t have to leave your TV on all day, though: With the help of Samsung SmartThings, you can switch your TV on and off throughout the day simply by tapping your smartphone.
3. Monitor their movements so you can be ready in an emergency
Your pet may be by itself, but that doesn’t mean it has to be alone. You can always keep an eye on your pet with a smart monitoring system that sends video updates to your phone. This way, if your pet is in serious distress, you can act immediately, instead of waiting to discover the emergency when you walk in the door. And to ensure your pet is actually in the home, you can install the SmartThings Presence Sensor to make sure your pet is safe and sound.
Granted, this entry on the list does more for your comfort than your pet’s comfort, but if disaster does strike, your pet will certainly appreciate it if you spring into action. As for the smart monitoring system, Samsung SmartThings has a best-in-class option that can send movement alerts straight to your phone via the Samsung SmartCam, or simply notify you when your pet goes somewhere he or she shouldn’t (check out Max’s escape attempt below). All told, Samsung SmartThings can turn your home into a beacon of security and give you some much-needed assurance to leave your pet alone. At least for a little while.