Everyone needs mental stimulation. Even your furry friend!
I can’t imagine what we’d do without Alfie. He is essential to good mental health for my husband. Alfie encourages K to get out of the house when he is having a bad mental health day and sometimes a quick ball fling in the park is all he needs to feel a little better about the world.
It doesn’t always work, however as SAD season approaches it’s one of the most important things for K to do – Get outside and into the sunshine, even on an overcast day.
Often we don’t spend a lot of time outside. Some days K doesn’t leave the house at all – and that’s OK but Alfie needs his play time outside. We live in an area where feral cats are a problem so our cat, Mao, is on a 24hr cat curfew – which we follow diligently. If Alfie can’t get outside – either because of the rain or the heat – he has a very different time inside. He likes to play with the cat, but if we are unable to get out for whatever reason, he plays a little rougher with the cat – which usually ends in a bark.
Other days we spend all day outside of the house – either going to medical appointments and therapy or doing our grocery shopping and paying our bills. With Summer ending, these days are becoming fewer and further between.