Activity Tracking For Cats and Dogs

Ropafadzo Murombo
April 14, 2021

Activity tracking is slowly becoming the norm for humans. Our phones have built in step counters, there are work out apps you can install that track the calories you burn, and you can buy wearables such as a fitbit that track all your movement. The health benefits of doing this are countless, and in addition, activity tracking gives us a sense of being in control of our own bodies. The same concept applies to our pets, and this article discusses the benefits of tracking pet activity levels.

An active pet is a happy pet as exercise stimulates the mind as well as the body, so by tracking their activity, you can ensure they are happy as well as healthy. Feniska allows you to keeps a log of your pet activity levels each day and provides recommendations on how to keep your pet active. Through tracking, you can identify when an increase in activity is needed. It is also important to note that too much activity is also a bad thing. If your pet is prone to joint problems, for example corgis, then you need to ensure that they maintain a moderate activity level.

Tracking activity levels is a great way to prevent obesity, or to treat it. When done in combination with weight and food tracking, you can ensure that your cat or dog maintains a healthy weight. Preventing obesity is crucial as it is one of the leading causes of diseases such as arthritis in pets. If you would like to read more about pet obesity, check out our blog on weight tracking.

Activity levels also give insights into potential health problems and disease. For example, it is widely accepted that pain and sleep are related. The relationship can go in two directions. Either, the animal will start to sleep a lot more to reduce the amount of pain it feels, or the animal will be restless and sleep far less, as the pain continuously disturbs their sleep. In both cases, tracking is the only way to know when drastic changes in sleep happen.

Diseases relating to the thyroid are a great example of something that a can be indicated by a change in activity levels. The thyroid plays an important role in regulating hormones in our pets' bodies. How the thyroid functions is complex, but when it comes to tracking your pet's health, here is what matters. When the thyroid is not functioning as it should, it can result in lethargy, and exhaustion in your pets. Drastic changes in your pets' energy could be a sign of thyroid problems. In any case, it is good to be able to identify low energy levels and go to the vet immediately.

Want to get started on activity tracking but are not quite ready to spend money on an activity tracker yet? Sign up for the Feniska Waitlist and get a notification for our App launch. The Feniska App can be used for simple activity tracking. You will receive weekly insights on your pet's activity levels through beautiful graphs, and access tons of blogs on fun ways to keep your cat or dog active.

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