The thing I love about animals the most, is that it really doesn’t take much to impress them. Time, love, and treats, and you have a friend for life. Whatever lives in your house: cat, dog, bird, reptile; give your pet an awesome weekend and foster that unconditional friendship.
Now that the weather is warming up and the sun is getting stronger, it’s a perfect time to get outside. Better yet, it’s a perfect time to get your reptiles outside. Natural sunlight is so good for reptiles. Not only does it provide that warmth they love and need so much, but it also provides essential UVB rays and Vitamin D3. These are necessary for things like development and digestion (you know those things that help you live), and also your pet’s mental health. There are some great synthetic lights that simulate sun exposure, but in the end, it’s not the same thing. Think about yourself, would you rather go out and feel the sun or sit in an office with a vitamin D lamp on the back of your legs…exactly.
With warm weather on its way everyone seems to be talking about exercise recently. For those of you who love a good run that’s great, but I, myself, personally… don’t. In truth I’ve always been one to avoid physical activity when possible. In middle school I was known not to dress out for P.E. so I didn’t have to participate, and in high school I lucked out and got to take P.E. with the physics teacher who made all sports optional. And now that I’m grown I do what I need to, to stay healthy, but no more.
Many people are not physically active whether as a habit or through some situation such as health problems, a broken leg, recovering from surgery, ect. The problem is, good exercise is so important for your pet, and maintaining your pet’s health is an important part of truly pampering your pets. Giving your pet good exercise helps them maintain a proper weight, reduces stress levels, and stimulates their minds to prevent boredom (just to name a few benefits).
Side note: I should say that if it’s out of habit (like me) you might want to let your pets help you be healthier. Try out different activities, when you find the right one you’ll find that your pets are some of the best exercise partners. For me, it’s hiking. Paced shaded walks through beautiful natural scenery; I can do that, and my dogs enjoy it too.
Even though I’m not an active person I want my pets to be as happy and healthy as they can be, and I know you guys do to. So if you’re just not a physically active person, or if you have something that keeps you from being active, even temporarily, here are a few things you can do to still get your pets the exercise they need.
Take short walks and go slow
If long walks are taxing on you, or you just don’t like them, try taking more short walks. Some dogs can walk for miles, but most dogs (also cats, small mammals, and reptiles) are very happy with a ten minute walk a few times per day instead.
Toys such as puzzles and pull toys are a great way to keep your pet’s mind sharp. If you are unable to go for walks and see new places, these toys will give your pets a chance to think and get excited.
Buy play assist toys
Ok, so I don’t know if this is actually what their called, but I’m talking about tether ball here, or those automatic ball throwers, bubbles are also a great option. If you’re not able to get out an exercise with your pet, provide them with something that can play against them. No, it will never be the same as playing with you, but it’s better than nothing.
Go to a store
If the idea of the coming summer heat has you dreading the outdoors, then don’t go outside. Well, you’ll have to go outside to walk to your car, but then you can take a drive to pet friendly store and walk around inside. Walking inside will keep you comfortable, while allowing your pets to get the physical and mental exercise they need.
Set up a play date
(Not all pets are friendly with strange animals: this tip is mostly for dog parents, but if this works for your other pet than great.) Does your pet have friends? What about the pooch next door? Getting your pets together means that they will play with each other, thus taking the work off of you. This also gives your pet a chance to play their way (because I never let my dog wrestle with me as rough as he would with another dog). If your pets are very young, consider socializing them with other young pets so they’ll have lifelong friends. *Bonus you get someone to enjoy some afternoon tea with.
Whether you’re unable to stay physical, or you’re just not a very physical person I hope this gives you some ideas to keep your pets active and healthy. Let me know if you have more ideas!
When I was a kid I used to love the show Wild Thornberrys. I loved it mostly because the little girl, Eliza, could talk to animals (It’s also one of the reasons I like Sofia the First). I think if I could have any magic power, talking to animals would be it. Not only could I have a conversation with any dog, but I could also tell that lizard in the wall “I don’t want to eat you. Just climb on my hand and I’ll put you back outside.” Wouldn’t life be wonderful?
I don’t think I’ll ever have that power, but fortunately, there are a few phrases that can make it across the language barrier and “I love you” is one of them. So, how do you tap into your interspecies language skills and tell any pet how much you love them? It’s easy.
If you’ve ever adopted an abused pet, you know how hard it can be to earn their trust. Some respond with fear, others with aggression and knowing what to do and how to handle the different responses can be a hard road of trial and error. But, the sooner you figure it out, the sooner you and your pet can enjoy life together.
Not everybody loves every type of animal and that’s ok. You may be wondering why I even posted this. “If I don’t like cat’s I won’t get a cat.” Sounds easy, but sometimes you get stuck with an animal you aren’t all that comfortable with. Maybe you married someone with a pet tarantula or five cats, but learning to love and bond with all the animals in your life regardless of the type, will do wonders for your every day life. If you’re lucky you’ll even find your worst fear turning into your best friend.
So today is officially the first day of fall! My favorite season!! I love the colors, the clothes, and pumpkin flavored everything! But the thing I love most about fall is going outside. The smothering heat is finally giving way to light breezes, and even in Florida we’re getting cool-ish mornings, and I can’t think of a better way to spend a day out than with my favorite pets. Sometimes it’s hard to think of something to do with your pet, but the good news is, it doesn’t take much to impress him. If you have a social pet, chances are she will just love being included. Here’s some ideas of things you can do with your pet this fall to get out and enjoy the weather.