Rainy day pet entertainment

How to keep your furry friend and yourself amused!

6 minute read

A small brown and black dog looks outside at the rain

Oh, rain, that wet nemesis of our outdoor plans. It pours down relentlessly, leaving us with soggy shoes, frizzy hair, and a desperate longing for sunshine. Our furry companions sometimes feel the same. Even on the rainiest of days, we can find joy in keeping our pets amused. Here at Wondercide, we’ll be soaking up the indoor fun while celebrating our 15th year in business. To honor this momentous milestone, we’re embracing all things 15. So gather 'round, as we embark on 15 pawsome ideas for indoor activities, guaranteed to make even the grumpiest cat crack a smile.

1. Indoor agility course

Who says rainy days are an excuse for a sedentary lifestyle? Create an indoor agility course using everyday household items. Fashion tunnels out of blankets, set up chairs as hurdles, and arrange towels for weaving paths. Cheer on your pet as they navigate the course with all the grace and coordination of a wobbly ballerina. Expect laughter, triumphant leaps, and an occasional mishap as they conquer each obstacle. Who needs the Olympics when you have your very own indoor pet athletic event?

A miniature collie sits in its bed looking at an indoor agility course

2. DIY treasure hunt

Rainy days call for a dash of mystery and excitement. Hide treats or favorite toys around the house and challenge your pet's detective skills. Offer them clues, be it in the form of riddles or your best impression of Sherlock Holmes. Observe their noses twitching, their tails wagging with anticipation, as they embark on a thrilling quest to uncover hidden treasures. You'll be amazed at their cunning and resourcefulness, and you might even discover a hidden talent for riddle-solving yourself.

A white dog with brown speckles sniffs at a colorful felt tie blanket

3. The mirror challenge

The magic of the mirror. Position your pet in front of their reflection and watch as they grapple with the enigma staring back at them. Witness their curiosity, their confusion, and perhaps a touch of vanity. It's a comical display of self-discovery as they come face-to-face with their identical "twin."

A speckled kitten swats at itself in the mirror

4. Pet spa extravaganza

When the rain pours, why not indulge in a spa day? Transform your bathroom into a pampering haven for your pet. Dim the lights, play soothing music, and give your furry friend the royal treatment. Incorporate soothing Skin Tonic spray to further set the mood. Bask in the glory of their diva-like behavior as they emerge from their spa session, freshly bathed, and possibly plotting a takeover of the fashion world.

A brown dog wearing a red collar smiles as they get a bath

5. The pawsome massage

Treat your pet to a relaxing and soothing massage session. Set up a cozy space with a soft blanket and gently massage their muscles, starting from their head all the way to their tail. Add Wondercide’s Skin Tonic oil to provide soothing relief for their dry, itchy, or irritated skin. Watch as your pet melts into a state of pure bliss, giving you that look of eternal gratitude that only they can pull off. Just remember, they might end up snoring louder than your Uncle Bob after Thanksgiving dinner.

A brown and black striped cat looks up at a person massaging it

6. Short and sweet training sessions

Rainy days are perfect for some quick and straightforward training sessions with your pet. Teach them something new or reinforce existing commands in short bursts of focused training. Whether it's practicing a high-five or simply mastering "sit" and "stay," your pet will not only stay mentally stimulated but also impress your friends and family with their newfound skills.

A black and white dog looks up at its person who is holding a yellow tennis ball

7. At-home photoshoot

Grab your camera or smartphone and channel your inner pet photographer. Set up a mini photoshoot area with props and backdrops. Capture their most photogenic moments and create a cherished collection of adorable portraits that will make you smile for years to come. Just remember to reward their patience with lots of treats.

A fluffy brown dog wearing white sunglasses

8. Puzzle toys for the win

Dogs and cats do love their puzzle toys, and there are so many to choose from. Clever pets dig into the Interactive Puzzle Toy for Dogs and Cats. Dogs love their Kongs where food is hidden – and we love that it’s even dishwasher safe. For advanced level, dog problem solving, there’s the Outward Hound Treat Puzzle. Watch as your pet unleashes their problem-solving skills to uncover their delicious rewards. Not only will this keep them entertained, but it will also give you a good laugh as they triumphantly conquer each puzzle level.

A golden retreiver puppy playing with a red Kong ball on the bed

9. Indoor fetch

Loved by dogs and even some cats! Clear a safe space and grab a soft, lightweight toy for an unconventional game of fetch. Your pet might not be able to sprint long distances, but they'll still have a blast chasing after the toy, making sharp turns, and executing acrobatic jumps. P.S. Protect innocent houseplants!

A gray cat playing fetch with a soft perriwinkle pall as they take shelter in a paper bag

10. Pet artistic collaboration

Unleash your inner Picasso and create a collaborative masterpiece with your pet. Lay out a large sheet of paper or canvas, use non-toxic pet-friendly paints, and let your pet walk, run, or even paw their way across the canvas. The result? A unique and abstract piece of art that captures the creative energy of both you and your furry friend.

A brown and white dog has its paw print added to a hand print on a piece of paper

11. Hide-and-seek

Who says hide-and-seek is just for kids? It's a game that pets can enjoy too. Find a hiding spot and call out your pet's name, encouraging them to come find you. Watch as their tail wags with excitement as they sniff out your secret location. Just remember to keep your hiding spots pet-friendly!

A young boy and white dog with long hair hide under a bed

12. Bake homemade dog biscuits

Your pup might not be paws-on in the kitchen, but surely they’ll love to be the taste tester. Baking together not only provides a tasty reward but also strengthens the bond between you and your pup. Here’s a healthy and tasty recipe that’s sure to be a big hit.

Two dogs look at a plate of dog boned shaped treats on a white plate

13. Movie night for all

A cozy movie night on the couch is a perfect way to snuggle. Select pet-friendly films or nature documentaries with plenty of animal action. Get cozy with your loyal companion, provide them with their favorite treats, and enjoy an evening of shared entertainment.

Two dogs watch tv together

14. Dance Pawty

You never need an excuse to bust a move, but that doesn’t mean a rainy day doesn’t give you the perfect one. Throw on some tunes and boogie around the living room with your favorite four-legged dance partner. Dancing together is a great way to get some cooped-up energy out and have a blast at the same time! You can even get the party started with our perfect spring playlist!

A dog dances with its human indoors

15. Play date

Indoor activities are better spent with friends. Invite your animal buddies over and have a big rainy day shindig in your living room. Set out a bowl of treats, decorate with doggy decor, or host a feline fiesta in the comfort of your own home. You and your pet parent pals can pop open a bottle of wine and watch the furrier playmates enjoy a cozy day indoors. This way your pup won’t miss out on any dog park fun.

Two french bulldogs play inside together

No matter what, you don't want flying insects like fruit flies, gnats, mosquitoes, and moths getting in the way of your indoor rainy-day play, so plug in this flying insect trap and let it work while you have fun. No zaps, odors, or mess.

Even the rainiest of days can be filled with laughter and amusement. Embrace the creativity and let your furry friends join in the fun. April showers bring May flowers, so enjoy all the indoor fun you can before the sunshine comes out to play and you’ll need a new list of outdoor activities to indulge in. Grab a towel, keep your camera handy, and embark on fun and companionship with your beloved furry companions.