Dog Play –
You’ll notice that different dog’s prefer different activities, often influenced by their age, breed and personality. Playing fetch with a ball, rope or Frisbee is a great option to give your dog plenty of exercise even if you don’t have access to a large open space. Maybe your dog is happy to get out on a brisk walk with you, find what works for both of you!
Did you know that the average dog owner walks for 300 minutes per week, while non-dog owners walk an average of 168 minutes? That’s another perk for having a furry friend!
If your dog is really sociable and energetic, try bringing them to a dog park to meet some doggy friends off of the lead or book them in for a day-care day at your local training centre.
Cat Play –
Pets can get bored of toys fairly quickly, so it’s important to change them every so often. You don’t have to go out and buy lots of toys, even a ball of scrunched up paper or a cardboard box would entertain a cat!
Your cat’s speed, vision and pouncing ability puts it amongst nature’s greatest hunters, just like its big cat cousins. In fact, you’ll be able to see plenty of big cat characteristics in your little cat’s everyday behaviour, particularly when they play using toys as ‘prey’.
Play is important for your little cat to express its natural instincts. When cats notice something interesting they focus on it with an intense stare, keeping still before finally pouncing. These hunting actions are mirrored in big cat behaviour.