Animals, just like us humans, need exercise regularly to lead full and healthy (and longer) lives. Yet, how much exercise does your pet need? The amount of exercise will depend on what breed the animal is, the age, and the size, but what is a good benchmark for pet exercise?
Exercise and Pets – Being Responsible
Having a pet can add a lot of love and joy to your life, but also a lot of responsibility. First and foremost, the foods you feed your pet are important for their health. For example, a tiny toy breed like a mini Pomeranian does not require the same food as a giant breed like a German Shepard. The same goes for the different breeds of cats. Finding your pet the right food is the first step in achieving a healthy and happy pet.
Once your pet is eating right, you can ensure they are getting the right exercise and stimulation. While exercise is vital to your pet’s health, it is also important for their behavior and mental health. According to Dog Time, most dogs will require around half an hour to a full hour of exercise each day. Yet, this will vary depending on your dog’s size and your dog’s breed. If you have a high energy, working breed of dog, they will require more exercise than a calmer, smaller breed and even an older dog.
Since there are so many variants for exercising dogs, here are some general rules for you dog owners to follow when it comes to exercise:
- An average exercise time should be 30-60 minutes and your dog should be slowed down by the time you are finished.
- Active breeds will require a bare minimum of half an hour of strenuous exercise ideally each day.
- Not all smaller breed dogs will get enough exercise since they are inside most often. For example, pugs are prone to becoming obese and will require more exercise to prevent weight gain.
- While exercise is important, it is not always safe to go outside due to extreme temperature such as freezing temps or on an extra hot day. When these situations occur you can exercise your dog by playing a rousing game of fetch or running with your dog on the stairs repeatedly going up and down.
What About Cats?
Cats are often forgotten about when it comes to exercise, but it is still very important. Cats and obesity are two things seen together and this trend is on the rise. This is especially true for cats who spend their lives mostly or totally inside.
Cats who get outside can have the chance to wander their ‘territories’ and even climb a tree or two to get a bird’s eye view while they perch. And even cats who have access to the wild outdoors will still need to have interactive play.
According to Cat Wisdom 101, a great starting point for a cat’s exercise is about half an hour each day. Engaging your cat in exercise can be done by a walk (if you’re lucky enough to have a cat that enjoys a cat leash and a walk), chasing a laser pointer around the room, or playing with other engaging toys that have feathers, catnip, or resemble mice and/or birds. Of course, interactive play and exercise with your cat will depend on your cat’s personality and what they enjoy.
So get out there and engage your pet with the right amount of exercise today! What kind of exercise do you and your pet enjoy?
Sarah is the editor of crazypetguy.com. Growing up in a household with three dogs, two cats, and two parakeets, she learned to love and understand animals. Helping others with their animals by sharing her knowledge is something close to her heart, and she can’t think of a better life than having a pet by your side.