New Years Resolutions for you and your Potter League pets
Hello friends – Tuki here wishes you a Happy New Year from my Potter League roost! Hope you all had fun and had lots of goodies during the holidays!
I listened to people talk about New Years resolutions and it got me thinking. There might be some resolutions you can share with your pets! From what I hear, there are some popular resolutions that are good for pets and their parents!
It seems like a resolution I hear everyone making for the New Year – and some people did last year too! I wonder why they would need to do it again this year ?! An easy way to do this is to take more walks with your pet. Of course, this works best if you have a dog, but it’s just as important to make sure your cat, hamster, or bird (like me!) Gets some exercise. One way to do this is to play with your pet – it works for all kinds of pets! Most dogs I know like to play ball or pull with a rope toy, and cats like to run after and pounce on objects. I know a cat who likes to chase the beam of a flashlight – even if he never catches it! Hamsters and birds need time outside of their cages to exercise and explore the world. Most hamsters like to run on a wheel, but giving them time out of the cage in a hamster playpen with toys is fun and interesting for them. While we birds have perches and swings in our cages, you can bring them outside of the cage as well – we all love a little variety in our exercise routine! If you have a pet rabbit, it should get about 4 hours of exercise per day! Phew, I’m fed up just thinking about it!
Eat healthy foods
During the holidays, everyone including pets has a few extra treats (even I love a delicious dried fruit treat every now and then!), But when the New Year begins we all want to start eating better. Just like you, your pets need a balanced diet to stay healthy, but this balance is different for different types of animals. The best thing to do is to check with your pet’s veterinarian for the best type and amount of food for your pet. And remember, eating healthy doesn’t mean no treats at all – just treats in moderation!
Try something new
This is a good resolution because it is usually the most fun! Just like you, animals are curious and love to learn new things. Maybe a dog training class like agility, sport, or frisbee and disc dog lessons (which also helps in getting exercise resolution) would be fun, along with some new toys or games. nose job. Food puzzle toys are fun too – and you can make some yourself by hiding food under plastic cups for your dog to find. You can also use treats for this, but remember, just in moderation! Cats love to climb, so a cat tree is a great thing to have and if you place it near a window your cat will look at the outside world – which I’m told he loves to do, though I think so. that he tries to go out and chase my bird cousins! As I mentioned earlier, cats like to chase and pounce, so you can tie a toy to a string for your cat to chase after. And all cats love to hide in a box or paper bag – this is mostly for pouncing as they’ll likely pounce on you when you walk past! Hamsters love to dig, so shredding paper towels in a digging box is fun for them. We birds love to forage for food, so a foraging game can work for us too – put food under a cup or small box – just like a scavenger hunt! We are also very industrious, so you can teach us how to pick up our toys and put them in a bowl or basket!
Take better care of us
The parents of your pets want us to be there as long as possible, so you need to make sure that we are healthy. All of these resolutions will be helpful but, we need to see a doctor sometimes like you do – although we should probably see a vet and not a pediatrician or internist! Dogs and cats should see the vet at least once a year to make sure they are healthy and that all of their vaccines are up to date. Birds and hamsters don’t need to see the vet that often, but it’s a good idea to take them when we are first adopted so that you know they are healthy and you can get advice on how to keep them healthy. Dogs and cats should get their teeth brushed regularly, and we birds need lots of chew toys to keep our beaks healthy. After all, we need our teeth and our beaks to eat!
Hope these resolutions help you have a happy and healthy New Year!
Mail your questions to Tuki, PO Box 412, Newport, RI 02840, or email TukiTalk@PotterLeague.org. The Potter League for Animals can be found at 87 Oliphant Lane in Middletown and online at potterleague.org.