Weighing animals is critical as it helps us keep a check on their health at different stages of their growth. But just like human babies, animals also don’t find the scales to be a pleasant experience. So, animal care workers have to find ways to lure them onto the scales. Even if it means using underhanded tricks.
One of the reasons why animals dislike these sessions is because the scales are unfamiliar to them. Since they’re not familiar with the device, they tend to be cautious and feel uneasy when they’re on the weighing platform. Animals tend to hate the hanging-type of scales more because they find the process uncomfortable. But as we said earlier, weighing them is important to ensure they’re in tiptop condition. Malnourishment and obesity are some of the most common health issues with animals. And one of the best ways to detect the signs is by monitoring their weight at least twice a year.
People Are Sharing Clever Tricks For Weighing Animals
In order to make them feel more comfortable on the weighing scales, some care workers often use plastic tubs. By putting them in these familiar containers, they feel safe and secure, practically unaware of the device they’re currently on.
They are even allowed to take their favorite toys with them to further distract them from what’s really happening. And to be honest, weighing them in their comfiest positions is the cutest thing we’ve ever seen. From a cuddly panda lounging in a plastic tub like a boss, to a cute koala bear snuggling with a stuffed koala and even a charming owl wrapped in a cozy blanket like a burrito. That unsuspecting look on their faces is quite priceless.
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So, animal care workers are sharing some of their clever tricks to make animals get onto the scales. These tricks may come in handy particularly for pet owners who wish to monitor their pet’s weight on a regular basis.