It’s the holiday weekend! By now your cat or dog has likely tried to play with the Christmas tree or holiday decorations, had a blast with the wrapping paper as everybody opened gifts, and maybe got a few treats and toys of his or her own. Now it’s the weekend! A few ideas of how to have fun with your pet over the holiday weekend:
For your dog:
- Check into pet-friendly restaurants, malls and stores for a little holiday socialization and activity. Be sure to bring along treats, a little water and of course, bags and paper towels in case any accidental potty breaks happen.
- Hit a pet-friendly fitness class! There are a growing number of fitness classes that involve dogs. Pet yoga, pet and people fitness courses. If you can’t find any in your city, do a fun workout and let your pet hang along.
- Don’t forget the classics! Dogs love the dog park, hiking trail, outdoor walks, the beach, you name it. Doesn’t matter how many times you go!
- Pet play centers. Does your city have this growing trend? It’s pet play centers complete with toys, obstacle courses and more. Grab your dog and let him or her have fun with you!
For your cat:
- Put boxes and wrapping paper to use! Cats LOVE to hide, climb inside of boxes, or pounce on paper. Before you recycle your holiday gift boxes and wrap, let your furry friend have a little fun.
- Get out all of your cats toys at once, and just toss them around until you run out of items to toss. There is no such thing as an old toy to your cat when it comes to you playing with them!
- Consider a pet tent or carrier and take him or her outside if in a warmer climate. Be careful he or she can’t escape or won’t get too afraid. Take the cat out secure in a carrier or other means to prevent escape, and use a door that isn’t common so that he or she doesn’t relate it to one you regularly use. A little time outside enjoying the sights, smells and a little nature — even if in a carrier or kitten tent — can mean a lot.
For other pets:
- Hamsters, turtles, gerbils, birds and other pets can also enjoy a weekend of fun in your home! Animals often love this kind of socialization, or they love the new excitement of a different part of the home than their cage or habitat. Just be sure they’re safe and secure. If your pet is shy, consider keeping him or her where he’s at, and add a a new element such as a toy or other item. This can be especially fun for fish, who you can’t necessarily take out.
Hope you and your pets are all enjoying your holiday weekend!