How To Keep Your Pets Active During Winter

If you have a pet that requires an active lifestyle, the winter season may bring on some obstacles in ensuring your pet stays warm and healthy. You will need to take precautions for any animal in your house. This includes keeping your house warm and comfortable along with providing adequate food and water.

Further than this, it may be more difficult for you to keep your pets active during winter. Every dog needs at least minimal exercise, with many breeds needing a large amount. This can be an issue with abundant amounts of snow surrounding you along with freezing temperatures. However, there are still steps you can take to meet the requirements for your pet’s health. Below are some tips on how to keep your pets active during winter.

Keeping Your Dog Active Indoors

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Every dog should have daily exercise. There are many conventional ways of giving them this need, such as taking them on walks. However, in the winter it is likely that you will not always be able to do that. Even if there is no snow, the cold temperatures can still be harmful to your pet. Luckily there are multiple tools you can use to give your pet a workout, including using things already in your home.

Running Up and Down Stairs

Having your dog run up and down the stairs is an easy (and free!) way to get them engaged and tired out quickly. This also can workout different muscles as opposed to the usual walking or running. However, this is not the healthiest choice for some dogs. Dogs that suffer from dwarfism, along with younger dogs that are still developing. Older dogs also should avoid this activity.

Playing Fetch

Playing fetch is an easy way for your dog to get exercise. Your dog is likely to be worn out quickly enough running back and forth around the house. You also more than likely have a dog toy or Frisbee somewhere around the house to start with right away.

Food Dispensing Toys

Food dispensing toys are an interesting and fun way to not only treat your dog, but to get them exercising physically and mentally. There are a variety to choose from, each with different purposes.

1. Kong Classic Dog Toy

Kong Classic Dog Toy

The Kong Classic Dog Toy is the #1 Best Seller on Amazon for dog chew toys. This toy serves multiple purposes, both as a fetching toy and a food dispenser. It also comes in multiple sizes to accommodate various types of dogs.

2.  OurPets IQ Treat Ball

OurPets IQ Treat Ball

The OurPets IQ Treat Ball is another fantastic way to stimulate your dog both mentally and physically. This toy offers more customization in terms of mental stimulation with adjustable difficulty levels to challenge your dog and keep them busy.


 

 

Keeping Your Cat Active Indoors

cat hiding under blanket

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Generally, if you have an outdoor cat you should transition them to stay inside for the winter, if possible to ensure the safety of your cat. If this is not possible, you need to ensure that the cat has a safe, warm place that it can stay in, along with consistent food and water. However, the Humane Society states that “Under no circumstances should pet cats be left outdoors, even if they roam outside during other seasons.” 

 

It is likely that your outside cat is used to roaming and getting exercise, so you need to make sure they are meeting the same requirements that they have outside. Even if your cat is always indoors, it never hurts to think of some new ways to play and excite them.

Catnip Toys

There are many things you can do with toys to get your cat engaged, further than dangling it in front of them. One thing you can do is place their toys in difficult to reach places, making them hunt and leap for their “prey.” There are a multitude of cat toys that you can purchase, catnip or not, to keep your cat moving and entertained.

Laser Toys

Cats love chasing lasers. It fulfills their need to “hunt” and catch. It’s no wonder toy lasers are so popular, being able to give your cat an amazing workout so effortlessly. However, you need to make sure that you are using the lasers safely. Aside from the obvious precaution of not shining the light in your cat’s eyes, there is something less obvious that could cause issues.

While the laser fulfills your cats need of chasing their prey and catching it, once it is caught it goes away. This can leave the cat frustrated and it might engage in other dangerous behavior as a result. Luckily, there are multiple ways you can fix this issue. One way you can solve this is shining your laser on a real toy. This way your cat will feel fulfilled with its catch. Also, you can have your cat play and catch a real toy after playing with the laser.

As long as you use a laser toy responsibly, it can be an easy way to get your cat moving fast and give it the exercise it needs.

Cat Trees

cat tree

Cat Trees are a fantastic source of both exercise and relaxation that your pet can indulge in whenever it wants. You don’t need to worry about your cat not having a playmate or a cozy place to rest with one of these. Your pet will always have something to do on their tree, as most come with at least one toy dangling from a platform along with multiple scratch posts.


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