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Sienna Guerrero, Staff Writer

Pandemic Pet Entertainment!

During the pandemic many people have been bored with fewer things to do. Maybe your pets feel the same way. In this article I will discuss some fun things to do with your pets to keep you both entertained. I will also show you some treats to give them to show them that you love and appreciate them. Hopefully this will keep you both entertained.

Fun Activities

Cats

  1. Play hide and seek.(This is very surprising, but cats like to plays hide and seek – it helps unleash the predatory nature in cats.) Since most cats are lazy and you alone will not get their attention get a toy or something attached to a string that they like to play with. Drag it along the floor, maybe try dragging it out of their sight like behind a sofa or into a closet with you in there and they will try to look for you and the toy.
  2. Food hunting. (Leave treats in random spots in your house, and your cat will find them. Kind of like an egg hunt. Smelly treats, left close to their favorite hangouts, work best.)  
  3. Obstacle Course. (You can use whatever you would like like cardboard boxes, paper bags, tubes, etc. Some people actually build them onto their walls!)

Dogs 

  1. Swim with your dog, or go explore a lake, or beach.
  2. Go on a bike ride together (Not literally the dog riding it, I mean the dog running beside you as you ride your bike, lol.)

  3. Go to an off-leash dog park so your dog can play with the other dogs.
  4. Take them on a walk (give them a tour of your city)
  5. Play a game of Tug of War
  6. Teach them to clean up their toys
  7. Play the shell game (The shell game is when you have three cups all upside down, and you put a small object in one of them, and you move the cups around to confuse them,  then they guess what cup its in by pointing at it. Don’t use clear cups though. Maybe use a treat as the hidden object. )

Fish

There is not really much you can do with a fish, but you can teach it to follow your finger, play soccer, (I know right, crazy :0 ) eat from your hand, swim through hoops, or teach it to jump out of the water, or come up to the surface to be petted. (Then reward it with food.)

 

Treats to give them

Blueberry Frozen Dog treats

The ingredients you will need are 3/4 cup unsweetened plain Greek yogurt, 3/4 cup Frozen Blueberries, and half a smashed banana. Your will also need and ice cube mold to freeze them in. This recipe has only a few steps and is easy to make, so first you get all your ingredients into a blender and blend it. Then you Freeze it for about 5 hours. When its done just put the frozen treat into a bowl for your dog to enjoy. This is what it should look like, and the website it came from:

https://www.peelwithzeal.com/frozen-dog-treat-recipe/

Tuna Treats for cats

For this recipe you will need a small food processor, a 19 x 13-inch half-sheet baking pan, and parchment paper. For the ingredients you will need, 5 ounces canned tuna not drained, cup whole wheat flour, 1 large egg lightly beaten, and 2 tablespoons olive oil. The first thing you need to do is, Place a rack in the center of your oven. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line your 19 x 13-inch half-sheet baking pan with the parchment paper. The second step is to Add the tuna in a food processor. Use the processor until finely chopped. In a large bowl, combine tuna, whole wheat flour, and egg.  Add the olive oil, and stir until fully mixed.  Then scoop about a tablespoon of dough and form into 1-inch balls. Place on a lined baking sheet. Once all the balls have been made, use the tines of a fork to press firmly down on each ball. Lastly bake for approximately 12-14 minutes, or until the treats are slightly browned on the bottom. Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet. Make sure it is completely cooked, because raw dough is very bad for cats. 

This is the website I got this recipe from, and this is what its supposed to look like:

https://mysweetprecision.com/chewy-cat-treats/