Autumn Pet Fun

 

This article was written for Pet Guardian Angels of America by Mikkie Mills

 


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Changing leaves, apple picking, and cool weather are here. Hopefully you’re enjoying all of the festivities fall has to offer. Don’t forget to include your furry friends. Fall is the perfect time to spending extra time with your pets. In case you’re not sure where to start, here’s a list of activities you can enjoy together.

1. Start a new exercise routine

Whether you have a young animal or a senior, it’s best to start exercising slowly. There’s no better time than fall for this. Try going a daily walk, and slowly increase the distance over time. By the time more extreme summer temperatures come around, you and your pet will be in great shape to handle it.

2. Jump in leaf piles

From the scenic autumn colors of New England to the greener fall season of the south, leaves are tumbling from the trees. Before you bag those leaves up, make a pile and jump in. Bring your cat or dog along too. If you have an indoor animal, bring the pile to them. They’ll appreciate the fun, and the pictures will definitely be social media worthy.

3. Bake pumpkin treats

Get some pumpkins from the patch, or buy it by the can. Whether you like them or not, the winter holidays can’t come until you bake something with pumpkin in it. Besides, even if you don’t like pumpkin, your pet probably will. Bake an animal friendly cookie, or just add pumpkin puree to their normal food. Pumpkin is great for the digestive health of cats and dogs.

4. Celebrate the return of football season

Take your pup out to a grassy field and throw a football around. Something tells me they probably won’t be hall of fame quarterbacks, but you might have a pretty good receiver on your hands. Don’t forget about your cat. Find a plush football, stuff it with catnip, and let the games begin.

5. Parade around in matching costumes

Remember those walks we talked about? Why not take one in some matching costumes? Stores offer an endless variety of animal costumes. If you’re a DIY kind of person, maybe you can sew something up.

6. Go camping

Before Jack Frost starts nipping at your nose, enjoy the mosquito free fall, and go camping. Bring your pet camping doesn’t require much additional equipment. It’s not just for dogs either. Go for hikes in the woods, sit by the fire, and grill out. Remember to keep your animal safe with a leash, or in an enclosed area.

7. Cuddle up with a hot chocolate

Cats, dogs, and even ferrets, regardless of the type of pet you love, they’ll appreciate cuddling up on a cold night. Make a hot chocolate and grab the treats. Enjoying a movie with your four-legged friend is the perfect time to show them some extra love.

8. Go for a drive to your local food bank

Fall is full of wonderful holidays about family, friends, and giving. Many people donate to food banks in the fall so that less fortunate people can enjoy a holiday meal. So often, feeding animals is an afterthought. Grab your best furry friend, and head to the store. Donate animal feed at the food bank, or supply your local animal shelter.

9. Navigate a corn maze

It’s a well-known fact that animals have an uncanny ability to find their way home. Test out those skills in the corn maze. Even if you get lost, you couldn’t ask for it to happen with a better friend.

10. Decorate a tree

Yes, we’re talking about fall activities. Yes, winter doesn’t start until December 21st. Get a jump on the season and decorate a silver Christmas tree, or a gold one, or a palm tree. Your cats will appreciate the new perch, and your dogs will just be hoping there are cookies hanging from it.

The activity you choose doesn’t matter; just include your pet. You’ll both be happier for it.

Mikkie Mills, is a freelance writer who often writes about family, home improvements and the occasional DIY project.