New Year’s Resolutions for Cats, Dogs and You

Yes, every year it’s the same pattern. We vow we are going to do certain things in the New Year and make positive changes to our lifestyle and also our pets’ lifestyle. But somehow, the year picks up steam and soon we are back making the same statements at the start of a different year.

So let’s start by making a resolution to implement the resolutions.

Our pets truly rely on us for everything from their food and a topped-off water bowl, to a comfortable bed placed away from any household drafts, to grooming and exercise.

These pet basics are a great place to start to try and improve things!

From a cat perspective, as the janitor of their litter box, make sure it’s scooped daily and loaded up with fresh litter to about four inches inside the pan. The rule is one litter box per cat in the house. So, if you don’t have the correct number, put another pan on your shopping list.

Water needs to be refreshed and topped off daily. If you have been a slacker, this is a quick fix. You can also delegate kids in the household to keep an eye on the water levels. Kids know how to nag, right?

Exercise is key to good health for both cats and dogs. When it comes to cats, short games with a wand, laser or a toy they can chase makes all the difference. Try and introduce playtime twice a day. Again, the kids can step in here and commandeer a play session. Daily exercise offers felines mental and physical stimulation.

Dogs need several good walks in a day. In the winter weather, rather take them on shorter walks; increase the number of outings for the day to help them keep in good shape.

Be sure to introduce other interactive games so that you can both spend quality time together.

And probably the most important resolution of all is to spend more time with your pets. It’s a win-win for both of you!

Here’s to a great 2015.

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