Very few of us want to go outside in these below freezing temperatures to walk the family pet. Chances are your pets don't want to go out either! Whether it's to shed a few of those extra pounds, use up some of that "Puppy/Kitten Energy", or keep an older dog's joints from getting too stiff, we need to make sure they are getting adequate exercise during the cold winter months. Here are a few easy ways to make sure they continue to get their daily exercise while staying inside where it's warm.
2. Indoor Agility Course: This is another fun "outdoor" activity that can be modified for indoor use. You can create your agility course using anything and everything you already have in your house. An old hula hoop to jump through, couch cushions made into a tunnel, laundry baskets to jump over, chair legs to weave through, etc. Use your imagination and once you have created your course; enjoy teaching your pet each new obstacle! This not only works them physically, but also mentally!
3. Scavenger Hunt: Hide your pets' food and/or treats around the house and then let them search around to find them! This is a great way to get them some exercise on their own. Just be careful with the "extra" treats - this would be best to use with the amount of food that they are already getting.
5. Laser Tag: Cats will LOVE this game! Have them chase a laser around the room! Just be careful to not shine the laser directly in their eyes. Some dogs will also enjoy this game - so go ahead and try it with them!
Quick Tip: Follow up with a "Real Toy" that they can actually catch and play with to keep them interested and engaged for the next time.
6. Cat Tower: A multi-level cat tower can be a fantastic way to encourage activity for your cat. Cats naturally like to climb and these towers provide an indoor "tree" for this. Placing the tower near a window will also give them access to natural sunlight for naps and a way to observe any outdoor activity.
7. Catnip: This inexpensive herb is a great way to get your cat active. Although not all cats will be affected by it, those that are usually experience several minutes of hyperactivity. Some cats like to play with it while others will content to sniff at it occasionally. Whether you use the dried herbal form, found in most toys, or have a live plant - please remember to offer it sparingly. No more than once every 3-4 days.
Since each and every pet is different, not all of these activities will be a good fit for you and your pet. Don't be discouraged if "Fluffy" doesn't like social outings or the agility course, try a different activity! Feel free to change or modify these suggestions to find what works best for you and your pet.
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