We are still very much in the winter doldrums here in the Kootenays, which means we’re likely spending more time indoors along with our pets. This time of year can spell boredom for our furry friends: dogs can’t spend much time at all outside, and there aren’t many birds or other outdoor distractions for cats to watch. Need some ideas for indoor fun with your pets? We’ve got you covered.
#1: Enroll in a training class
Although not many training courses are available for your feline friend, you can adapt canine courses to fit your cat, or check out The Cat School Training Kit, which offers a retractable target stick, quiet clicker, printable quick-start guide, and a fun online training course. For dogs, a variety of training classes are available, no matter what strikes her fancy. Search for classes that teach a new activity, such as rally obedience, herding, lure coursing, tracking, or dock jumping.
#2: Create an indoor agility course
You may not believe you can teach your cat to hop over a jump, but it is entirely possible. If a goldfish can be trained to swim through a hoop, you can entice your feline friend to complete an agility course—provided you reward appropriately. Create an indoor agility course using furniture, stacks of books, and other items to build jumps and weave poles. Lure your cat through the course with her favourite treat or toy, and she’ll soon be leaping over jumps with ease.
#3: Design a canine or feline version of Whack-a-Mole
The entertaining people game, Whack-a-Mole, can be configured to a feline or canine version. Simply cut holes in a cardboard box large enough to fit your “mole,” and encourage your pet to snatch up the prize. Use a catnip mouse or feather wand for cats, and entice dogs with a toy, hot dog, or chunk of string cheese.
If you have any questions or concerns about keeping your pet active and stimulated this winter, contact us.