This is the time of year when many people are out doing Holiday shopping. When we are busier, we often (unintentionally) spend less time with our pets. You can make it up to them. If you do not already do this, take your pet shopping with you.
Many of the pet stores will allow you to bring your leashed pet with you. Why not take them? You have to go there anyway. Most pets will be a bit nervous the first few of times they go. However, most dogs and cats will be glad to learn there are other places besides the veterinarian where they can go.
This also helps their social skills. When you take your pets to the pet store, they get lots of attention from both the other customers and the store staff. Shoppers and store staff will often come talk with you about your pet so you get to brag on them. They will want to talk to your pet and, if you pet is up to it and you allow it, will want to rub them. Most pets will love this. However, you know your pet better than anyone. If you know your pet may be uncomfortable with others petting them or if you don't want them to, politely let the person know this and they will understand. The more your pet is exposed to new surroundings and people the more comfortable they should become. Before long your pets may have friends who look forward to seeing them come to the store with you on a regular basis. Having people say hello and call them by name can soon generate a positive response from your pet. Try it and let us know how it goes. Happy Shopping.