Mental exercise is just as important for dogs and cats as physical exercise! Just as for people, using your brain is not only tiring but rewarding, giving animals a hit of the happy hormone, which is just what the doctor ordered in times of stress!
Some animals respond really well to toys, whereas some are more into food or even just pleasing you. It’s important to know your pet and work out what works for them. Sometimes they surprise you, of course, so it’s important to explore different things and see what entertains them most. Make sure to start with something you know they’ll engage with.