Exercise is additional component to in ensuring pet health and wellbeing. Regular exercise also strengthens your bond with your pet. A few examples of ways to keep your pet active and engaged include:

Dog Exercises[1]:

  • Basic obedience training;
  • Teaching your dog to swim;
  • Playing hide and seek to engage the brain;
  • Running, walking or biking with your dog; and
  • Engaging in dog sports, like chasing a flying disc, tracking and agility challenges.

Cat Exercises:

  • Setting up a cat tower with small treats to encourage climbing and playing;
  • Keeping plenty of household toys around to encourage play;
  • Using a laser pointer or wand-style toy for interactive exercises; and
  • Tempting your cat with hidden treats in a toy for batting and knocking practice.[2] 

The calories cats and dogs need to consume daily to maintain their weight is far less than what people need. Healthy adult people generally should consume 2,000-2,500 calories per day.[3] In comparison, according to the standard formula used to calculate the daily caloric needs of pets, an average 50-pound, adult neutered dog typically needs just under 1,000 calories daily. An average 10-pound, adult neutered cat needs around 220 calories each day.[4],[5]

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[1] http://www.petobesityprevention.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/Weight_Reduction_in_Dogs_General_Information.pdf

[2] http://www.petobesityprevention.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/Weight_Reductionin_Cats_General_Information.pdf

[3] http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/sites/default/files/usda_food_patterns/EstimatedCalorieNeedsPerDayTable.pdf

[4] http://www.wsava.org/sites/default/files/Calorie%20requirements%20simple%20dog.pdf

[5] http://www.wsava.org/sites/default/files/Calorie%20requirements%20simple%20cat.pdf