SaNctuary Rooms

Create an in-home sanctuary room for your pet to help them relax and remain stress free when access to the entire house is not possible or would cause them fear, anxiety or stress. 

Sanctuary rooms are excellent to use for a variety of situations including introducing new pets to a household, visitors to the home, when moving or having work done on your home, or there are thunderstorms. 

Cat Sanctuaries

A cat sanctuary should include: 

  • A comfortable, warm resting space (consider placing in the sun or adding a heating pad or blanket on low, especially for senior kitties)
  • Multiple vertical spaces, ideally enough for your cat to travel all the way around the room without touching the ground
  • A scratching post (read more here about the ideal post!)
  • Toys and food puzzles for mental and physical enrichment
  • Food
  • Water in a shallow and wide dish or fountain
  • A window if your cat enjoys watching birds and bugs outside and does not become overly excited by outdoor animals
  • An appropriate litter box (learn more here about the ideal litter box!)
  • A Feliway diffuser (learn about pheromones here!)

Dog Sanctuaries

A dog sanctuary should include: 

  • A comfortable, preferred resting space
  • Water
  • Food puzzle toys for mental and physical enrichment and distraction/counterconditioning
  • Other toys and things to do
  • A white noise machine or fan to block out sounds from other areas of the house or noises outside such as trucks, dogs, and thunder
  • Calming music such as Through a Dog's Ear or other relaxing music
  • Window film if your dog is becoming too excited by animals, people, or cars outside
  • Blackout curtains to block lightening