Keeping your pets active during the cold months can be challenging, and it is important to consider Nashville's wet, icy winters. Luckily, there are plenty of indoor activities that can help keep your pet healthy and happy.
Indoor fetch can be entertaining if played safely and carefully. Choose a room without breakable items like lamps or fragile furniture. For added exercise, try throwing a toy up or down stairs. The extra hustle will not only help burn more calories, but will also shorten the play time. This is helpful for the busy family on the go.
Indoor play time should not be limited to just dogs. Cats can enjoy and benefit from indoor exercise as well. A favorite for many frisky felines is the laser light toy. This device is inexpensive and can provide hours of entertainment. It only requires the mere touch of a button and a devoted owner. Catnip mice, feather teasers, and interactive noise-making toys can also provide plenty of amusement for your cat.
Food balls are another way to get your pet moving. These toys are hollow and allow you to put your pet's favorite treats inside. Then your cat or dog must bat the ball around to get the snacks to fall out. As an added benefit, these puzzle toys mentally stimulate your pet, which can also help wear them out. Hiding food in different places around the house can help promote natural hunting behavior in cats. It keeps them moving and prevents them from eating too quickly, which can cause vomiting.
If you're brave enough, bundle up tight and take Fido on a short walk. Just be wary of cold weather conditions such as ice and frost, which can injure your dog's paws. Have him wear booties or bring a towel to wipe off his feet along the way.
Always remember that any play time is better than none. If you can only manage five minutes of tug-o-war or a brief game of fetch, that's all right. Your pets will certainly appreciate any amount of time you spend with them.