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May is National Pet Month in the United States — a time to celebrate all of the benefits that our pets bring to our lives. In honor of this fun month-long holiday, we’ve rounded up the top twelve ways you and your pet can celebrate National Pet Month together. Enjoy!
Look for a dog-friendly park or restaurant near you that you haven’t visited before — then go enjoy. Your cat might also like going to the pet store to see the fish and the birds, or to pick out some new treats.
Get Your DIY On
Make some new toys, treats, or beds for your animals. We recommend the following DIY tutorials:
Visit A Nursing Home
There’s no better way to celebrate National Pet Month than by sharing the love with some people who might often feel lonely. As long as they’re well-behaved, both dogs and cats can visit nursing homes or assisted living facilities to brighten the residents’ day.
Identify a place you’d like to visit and learn their requirements beforehand — some facilities are okay with any dog visiting as long as it’s leashed, while others only allow certified therapy dogs to walk through the door.
Hang Bird Feeders
Your cat will appreciate it if you hang some bird feeders right outside the window so she can watch the goings-on. You can DIY bird feeders, too; try these ten ideas. Make sure to create a comfortable place near the window for your cat so she can have the best vantage point possible.
Have A Photoshoot
Taking photos of dogs and cats who don’t like to sit still can be difficult, so for best results, let your pet run the photoshoot instead of you. Follow them around with your camera or phone and snap pictures of them living their normal lives — then print the photos and put them in picture frames around your house. You could also create an Instagram account for your pet.
Netflix And Snuggle
Get cozy on the couch and watch some pet-themed Netflix movies and shows. Your dog will probably fall asleep a few minutes into the show, but cats really enjoy watching TV. Here are some of our favorite options currently available on Netflix (click for trailers):
Just stay away from sad films such as Old Yeller. Nobody wants to see that.
Cats might not want to partake in these particular activities, but your dog might love swimming in the lake or running through the sprinkler. You could even teach him to go stand-up paddleboarding.
Yoga studios in many cities have begun to offer “doga” classes, where you can do yoga with your dog. If you’re feeling brave, you could also try yoga at home with your cat.
Go For A Walk
Walks aren’t just for dogs — you can take your cat on walks, too (or at least, you can try). Train your cat to walk in a harness and leash and begin taking short walks around your neighborhood.
This is an especially fun game for cats, who will love stalking you as if you’re their prey (maybe not quite as much fun for you). Dogs enjoy hide-and-seek, too, especially when you reward them with a treat when they find your hiding place.
Boredom busters are a great way to pass the time and strengthen your pet’s problem-solving skills. One favorite is the muffin tin game: Put some treats in a muffin tin, cover each section with a tennis ball, and let your pet sniff out the treats.
You can also create an obstacle course (either indoors or outdoors) for your dog, or build an indoor playground for your cat using cardboard boxes and other household items.
Get Pet Insurance
The best way to celebrate and show love to your pet is to get pet insurance so you’ll be prepared for any emergency. Unfortunately, both accidents and illnesses do happen. Being prepared with a PetFirst Pet Insurance plan can bring you peace of mind as a Pet Parent.
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