Exercise With Your Pet

September 4, 2014

Exercise with your cat

Cat ExercisingTry spending about 10-15 minutes a few times each day engaging your cat in some form of activity. Young cats & kittens will usually take the initiative in engaging you in play, or they will find their own entertainment.

Keep the fun novel for your cat by using items you already have around the house. Empty boxes with holes cut into them make great “caves” & scratching toys. Crumpled paper, especially the tissue type that makes a lot of noise, is great for batting around.

A piece of thick ribbon, shoelace or yarn can be wiggled across the floor or beneath a closed door (with you on one side of the door and the cat on the other) just out of the cat’s reach.

Scratching posts & cat trees entice cats to climb, which uses their muscles & naturally wears down the points of their claws.

If you have the space, set up a cat obstacle course in your home so that your cat can jump from place to place to get to the next perch.

If you have a yard, you can build an outdoor enclosure that allows your cat the advantage of being outside without the dangers of traffic and other animals.

Exercise with your dog

fitness dogTo get the best benefits of a walking program for both human & pet, plan on at least 30 minutes per day of walking. Try to make it a daily routine. If you walk at the same time every day, your dog will come to expect it. If you get lazy & try to slack off, your furry friend will give you a nudge!

If your dog likes to swim, be glad – it’s a great form of exercise. Swimming offers great aerobic conditioning, but without the impact stress of running. The low impact exercise of swimming can be particularly beneficial for elderly dogs that may be suffering from arthritic joints.

Activities like fetching a ball or Frisbee offer the benefits of great fun & great exercise for your dog. These activities also offer great bonding opportunities, & can be just an enjoyable experience for both of you.

An average of around 1 to 2 hours per day of exercise is right for the majority of dogs. Variables such as breed, age & overall health make it necessary to tailor an exercise program to your dog’s specific needs.