Walk Your Pet
Summer is the perfect time to get out and get active, and the same can be said for your pets. We are encouraging people to get out and about with their pets and develop healthy habits that can last year long. And YES that does include cats!
WHY? There are many benefits for both people and their pets. Pets make great walking companions and are FREE personal fitness trainers! Everyone knows how great of a motivator those sad doggy/kitty eyes can be.
- Pet Benefits
- Outlet for energy (can make some pets calmer and more satisfied)
- Form of training
- Sense of accomplishment
- Mental and physical stimulation
- Social interaction (with both humans and other pets)
- Exercise (great way to help overweight or even overweight prone pets lose weight)
- Form of entertainment
- Helps form a bond with their owner
- Just plain FUN - Studies have shown that indoor only cats can become bored and depressed when they have no outdoor environment stimulate.
- Human Benefits
- Exercise (burns calories)
- Gets owners out and into fresh air
- Helps establish owners as pack leaders
- Helps form a bond with pet
- Increases cardiovascular fitness
- Decreases blood pressure
- Helps build stronger muscles/bones
- Decreases stress and uplifts mood
- Helps owners meet new people
- Just Remember
- Check with your veterinarian to make sure your pet is healthy enough to withstand the type of walking you're planning (i.e. trails, dog parks, tracks, etc.).
- Make sure that if you're going to an area where contact with other pets is possible that your pets are up to-date with all necessary vaccines.
- Make sure that your pet has a form of identification. (Tag, microchip, etc.)
- Always check with any area that you plan on going to for any restrictions.
- Follow all leash laws.
- Carry poop bags. (No one likes stepping in those little "surprises!")
- Always carry water for both you and your pet.
- With older pets or in harsher weather it is important to take breaks.
- With cats it is best to use either a harness or a body jacket for walking. (Attaching a leash to the cat's collar can cause pressure on their throats causing them to panic.)
- If your cat or dog is not a leash walker, pet strollers are a great alternative.
- HAVE FUN!
We love seeing owners form strong bonds with their pets. That is why we encourage people to get out with their pets to form life-long bonds and year-round healthy habits.