When times call for us to be hunkered down, it’s important to us to stay busy and active. That goes for humans and pets alike! Too many hours of being sedentary can lead to depression, isolation, or what people in cold climates know as ‘cabin fever’. Fortunately, there are several activities that you and your pet can partake in indoors, to keep moving, the blood pumping and the brain stimulated and healthy!
Think of stairs as a low-tech Stairmaster. And it’s for good reason that gyms keep them in their cardio rooms. Running up and down a flight is great for burning excess energy on rainy days. They burn calories, as well as build up strength and agility. Climb the steps with your furry best friend or encourage them to do it on their own with treats, toys or a laser pointer.
2. Scavenger Hunt
Setting up a scavenger hunt for your cat or pooch is a great way to stimulate their bodies and minds. Hide small pieces of their favorite treats all over your home and watch them run wild.
3. Box Forts and Obstacle Courses
Setting up your own DIY structures are fun for human and animal kids. Just like how children enjoy a good pillow fort, setting up a box fort or cat tree for your pets can provide hours of fun.
Did you buy a treadmill and now it doubles as a clothing rack? Now’s the perfect time to use it! Leash up your pet and plop them down on the treadmill. Start at a VERY slow speed to acclimate them to the sound and feel. Gradually increase the speed if you wish. Always carefully keep an eye on pets on a treadmill to avoid injury!
5. Apps and Movies
Did you know that there are special game apps for cats? And some dogs love watching TV or a movie? Take advantage of modern technology. There are plenty of movies geared towards animals online. Some feature birds, squirrels and fish. These videos stimulate your pet’s mind by giving them something to focus on. Try a couple to see which one he or she responds to!
Both cats and dogs can enjoy a good game of fetch. Watch them chase a laser pointer, toys or treats up and down the hallway. The only downside to this game is that you may not want to play it if you have a downstairs neighbor. They might not appreciate the noise!