Kittens on the keyboard. Puppy eyes staring up. Barks and meows and demands for treats.
For many pet owners, that’s all been part of a normal work day since COVID-19 led employers to ask employees to work from home some 15 months ago.
Now, as employers are calling workers back to their offices, pet owners need to prepare their four-legged friends for what could be a dramatic change for animals that are very much creatures of habit, experts say.
“What’s happened is they have gotten so used to people being home all the time that that’s now their new structure,” said Nancy Haynes, the director of behavior and enrichment at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society on Menands.