Some pets are happy to just play fetch with a stick, but others have somewhat more refined tastes. As already mentioned, dogs (in particular) need stimulation, especially if they are left at home. If a dog is left to its own devices you might suddenly come home to find that your lounge sofa has been completely destroyed because the animal was bored and decided to chew everything up.
So what can you do to prevent it? The obvious answer is to not leave the dog alone indoors for a long period of time. The other obvious answer is to give the dog access to a backyard where it can run and play while you are not at home. But what if you don’t have a yard? The answer is feeding toys and auto-fetch machines.
These days, there are lots of accessories on the market and most dogs can figure out an-auto fetch machine. The concept is simple, you show the dog how to drop the ball into the fetch machine and lo and behold, your pooch will be playing fetch with it for the best part of an afternoon. Feeding puzzle toys are also a great alternative and all you have to do is load up the toy with treats and leave it for the dog to figure out. All they have to do is move the cube onto the correct side and little treats will be dispensed. It’s a great way to keep them occupied and stimulated.
Cats can also figure out the treat dispensers, but they are more likely to play with something simple like a bottle top, a scrunched up piece of paper or even just shoe laces. It is very important to get a scratching post for your cat and show them that they should use it. If not, then the cat might opt to scratch furniture, especially if their claws are not kept short (do not declaw a cat, it is painful!). A cat gym may also be considered – you can either build it yourself or buy one.