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Keeping pets happy and healthy with exercise

Welcome, pet lover! Since you have made your way to our website, then you care enough about your furry friend to look for the best information available to provide your animals with a healthy and happy life! Our goal is to share the tips and tricks that we have learned to make that happen for you.

Today, we are going to talk about one of the basics of pet ownership: exercise! Although our pet friends may be cute and cuddly, we can’t forget that their ancestors survived by hunting, stalking, running, and catching their prey. Those traits have been passed on to our pets too, even though we provide them with their daily meals, instead of making them catch food themselves! Cats and dogs still need to engage in these activities for optimum physical and mental health.

Did you know that regular exercise and playtime are necessary for your dog to not only be healthy, but happy? Just like we humans need to get our hearts pumping, and bodies moving, dogs of every size and breed need regular activity. One of the simplest activities to ensure your pup is getting what he needs, is a brisk walk at least twice daily. The pace can always be modified to allow for an aging, or special needs dog. If your dog has more energy to burn, you can try playing fetch! Just make sure your yard is enclosed, or you go to a dog-friendly park, to keep your pup safe.


And don’t forget about the kitties! Cats need just as much playtime and mental enrichment as dogs. Some felines are more timid and shy than others, but they too need things to climb, scratch, roll, and chase. One of the toys that we sitters have found to be a favorite activity for our kitty clients, is the Cat Dancer. This is a very inexpensive, simple toy that you can use to get your cat engaged in mental and physical exercise! It’s also great to strengthen the bond between the two of you. Cats also love to climb and jump. A great way to allow indoor cats to fulfill this need is a cat tree. There are many cat trees available online, or in pet boutiques, that range from simple to extravagant, depending on your budget.

These are just a few easy and cost-effective ways to ensure that your pets are getting adequate exercise, which in turn makes for a more relaxed, satisfied human-pet relationship. We at Laura the Pet Nanny are always available to fill in for those times when you aren’t available to give your pets the exercise they need, whether you need a vacation, or simply work long hours.  Our sitters are all experienced in how to offer your pet an appropriate exercise/playtime routine for your pet, whatever their needs may be. Check out the “Our Services” link from the homepage, and find which service we offer would work best for you. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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