Should You Leave the TV on for Your Pets?
You may leave the house thinking your furry friend needs something to keep him or her company, so you turn the television on before you leave. But does leaving the TV on really do anything for your pet?
Can Dogs & Cats Watch TV?
Leaving the TV on for your pup or kitty won’t actually make him or her sit for hours catching up on the Food Network. Although pets can see flickers of images on the television, they don’t perceive images the same way we do – they only see broken pieces of movement rather than a continuous stream. Also, because pets are more in tune with their senses of smell and taste, they won’t pay as much attention to the TV because it only provides sights and sounds.
Are There Benefits to Pets Watching TV?
One positive trait about pets watching TV is that the noise and pictures are constantly changing. Your dog or cat might be playing with a toy (or maybe your sock) when he or she suddenly hears another animal on the TV. Your pet is instantly distracted, turning to look at the television to investigate the source of the sound.
Pets, puppies especially, don’t have long attention spans, so distractions can keep your furry friend on his or her toes and out of trouble. The more your pet is distracted, the less likely he or she is to seek out items of yours to destroy.
Is the TV Good or Bad for Your Pet?
There is no replacement for making sure your pet gets enough attention and exercise. Taking your pet on long walks and giving him or her plenty of play time means he or she will be calmer when you’re gone. Television isn’t necessarily bad for your pet, but it definitely shouldn’t replace quality time and exercise.