Pets need fitness too. While you are considering their veterinary care, you should also be working on prevention at home, which includes raising a healthy pet through proper diet and fitness. Whenever you are thinking about your own fitness, consider your dog or cat’s fitness.
While most cats aren’t going to be thrilled about going for a walk on a leash, there are still other things you can do with a cat to get them the fitness they need. Buy them toys that make them want to run and jump, and interact with them while playing with these things. Here are some other tips for feline and canine fitness, that can help you and your pets get in shape.
Even cats can play fetch, if you have the right toy for them. Consider investing in a laser pointer. It seems like these are addictive to cats, and it’s a great way to get them running around.
Depending on the size of your dog, you can play fetch indoors and outdoors. Obviously you want to be more careful when throwing things in the house. Playing fetch outside with your dog gives them a good amount of space for running. Just make sure your dog is well trained, on a super long leash, or in a fenced in area. However, it would also be a prudent option for you to consider dog insurance for your furry four-legged partner, in case of any problems that might arise. They are your babies, and deserve the best after all!
Go For A Jog, Run, Stroll
When you go for your own outdoor fitness routine, whether you run or walk, it gives you a great opportunity to give your dog a good workout as well. Make sure they can stay at your pace, and if it’s really hot out leave them a home. Even a short walk on a hot day can cause blisters on your dog’s sensitive foot pads.
Also consider cold weather. Make sure, just like you bring water for your own thirst quenching, you bring some water for your pet to drink as well.
Fence In Your Yard
If you have a fenced in space your pet can run around and have fun in they will more likely be healthier and thinner. Dogs especially like to run and get a workout. Stick some toys out there and you’ll catch them playing fetch all alone. Just watch for the hole digging!
Visit The Dog Park
If you don’t have a fenced in yard but you have a dog park nearby take your dog there once a week, at least. Not only does this give them the opportunity to run around and get some exercise, but they also get a chance to do some socializing with other dogs. Just make sure they are up-to-date on all their shots before you go!
If yoga is more your speed when it comes to fitness, consider getting your dog, or even your cat, involved in your yoga poses. Yes, yoga for dogs is a thing, and you can even find yoga classes that include your pets.