3. Get Him Moving
Dogs and cats need more exercise than many owners realize. "Most people think that walking a dog for 15 minutes a day will do the trick, but we recommend a minimum of three 20-minute exercise sessions a day," says Christian. These can include walking, ball throwing, Frisbee fetching, even gnawing a rawhide-anything that gets your hound off the couch and burning calories.
Exercising your cat can be a little trickier. One suggestion: Purchase a "kitty-tease," a fishing rod-like toy with a feather or other item attached to the end. Your cat will swipe at, jump on, and chase down the feather to his heart's delight. If your kitty is nocturnal (many cats are), be sure to throw him a ball or a toy for a few minutes each evening.