As winter forges on with its darkness and cold weather, your pet—and you—may be suffering from serious cabin fever from the lack of play and stimulation. Try playing these three boredom-busting indoor games with your furry friend to shake things up.

#1: Create an indoor agility course

You may not believe you can teach your cat to hop over a jump, but it is entirely possible. If a goldfish can be trained to swim through a hoop, you can entice your feline friend to complete an agility course—provided you reward appropriately. Create an indoor agility course using furniture, stacks of books, and other items to build jumps and weave poles. Lure your cat through the course with her favorite treat or toy, and she’ll soon be leaping over jumps with ease. 

#2: Enroll in a training class

Although not many training courses are available for your feline friend, you can adapt canine courses to fit your cat, or check out The Cat School Training Kit, which offers a retractable target stick, quiet clicker, printable quick-start guide, and a fun online training course. For dogs, a variety of training classes are available, no matter what strikes her fancy. Search for classes that teach a new activity, such as rally obedience, herding, lure coursing, tracking, or dock jumping.

#3: Design a canine or feline version of Whack-a-Mole

The entertaining people game, Whack-a-Mole, can be configured to a feline or canine version. Simply cut holes in a cardboard box large enough to fit your “mole,” and encourage your pet to snatch up the prize. Use a catnip mouse or feather wand for cats, and entice dogs with a toy, hot dog, or chunk of string cheese. 

Questions or concerns about keeping your pet active and stimulated during the winter doldrums? Contact us for help.