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Dogs and cats that are “getting on” still need to get out there and keep moving. Mental stimulation is critical, too.  Try taking your cat’s favorite toys away for a few days and then “gifting” her with them. They may seem brand new and rekindle some of that waning energy. Teach her a simple new thing to do –shaking hands or standing up on cue – and heap on the praise. Turn on a TV show about animals and watch your “Desperate Housepet” get a rise out of it.  Aging dogs can still be great fun, and can be of great service as well. Exercise them up to their limits. Try putting obedience moves to music—ballroom dancing is recommended over hard rock, by the way. Therapy visits to a hospital or nursing home help senior citizens and senior pets in many wonderful ways.

 

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