5 Tips For Caring For Your Stuffed Animal

Be prepared. Caring for a stuffed animal can be both rewarding and challenging.

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Become the best stuffed animal owner possible. Your stuffed animal, your way. Via Philippa Willitts/Flickr
Become the best stuffed animal owner possible. Your stuffed animal, your way. Via Philippa Willitts/Flickr
Cari Jorgensen

So you’ve brought home a stuffed animal. It’s clean and fluffy, and you already love it more than anything. While some stuffed animals play nice, others play rough. Stuffed animal veterinarian Dr. Theodore Behr (“Teddy” to his clients) has treated patients for lost eyes, exposed stuffing and so much more.

“Dr. Teddy stitched my beloved stuffed donkey’s tail on quite nicely,” Christopher Robin, Hundred Acre Wood resident, told Petcha.com. “And he helped my best bear lose weight after he ate too much honey.”

Robin added that he and all of his stuffed animals are living very happy and healthy lives thanks not only to Dr. Teddy Behr, but also to caring for his stuffed animals in between veterinary visits.

We already know you’re going to give your stuffed animal lots of love and endless hours of playtime. But what else can you do to help your stuffed animal stay happy and healthy? Here are five tips on how to do just that.

1. Feed him often (he likes to stay stuffed).

Stuffed animals should eat three full meals a day, along with several snacks. Via Kirsi L-M/Flickr

Stuffed animals should eat three full meals a day, along with several snacks. Via Kirsi L-M/Flickr

A stuffed animal is a happy animal.

2. Bathe him once a month.

Cleansing sprays designed for stuffed animals also work well. This spray usually comes in a blue bottle. Via TanyaRozhnovskaya/iStock/Thinkstock

Cleansing sprays designed for stuffed animals also work well. This spray usually comes in a blue bottle. Via TanyaRozhnovskaya/iStock/Thinkstock

A proper stuffed animal cleansing involves your nearest enclosed bathtub using gentle stuffed animal bathing soaps, preferably ones that come with stuffed animal fur softeners (for extra-soft fluffiness).

3. Ensure he gets plenty of fresh air.

Sitting your stuffed animal near an open window will also work. Via PINKÉ/Flickr

Sitting your stuffed animal near an open window will also work. Via PINKÉ/Flickr

This involves going outside. Caution: Stuffed animals do not like rain or snow.

4. Take your stuffed animal to the vet regularly.

Dr. Theodore Behr is a renowned veterinarian in the field of stuffed animal medicine. Via dourleak/iStock/Thinkstock

Dr. Theodore Behr is a renowned veterinarian in the field of stuffed animal medicine. Via dourleak/iStock/Thinkstock

Regular checkups may prevent exposed stuffing and loss of eyes.

5. Make sure he gets a good night’s sleep every night.

A cozy blanket will keep your stuffed animal nice and warm. Via Minh Hoang/Flickr

A cozy blanket will keep your stuffed animal nice and warm. Via Minh Hoang/Flickr

This may involve reading him a bedtime story.

Before you know it months and years will have passed (stuffed animals have very long life spans, though they are easily lost… consider microchipping). As you care for your stuffed animal, remember: Petcha provides resources for the entire stuffed animal owner experience. We also enjoy having fun on April Fools’ Day.

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