With more and more cats suffering from obesity and weight-related issues including diabetes, high blood pressure, fatty liver disease, heart issues, and arthritis, there are plenty of reasons to keep your cat moving and healthy. We’re not kitten! Like humans, cats need regular exercise for physical and mental health. A couple ten-minute exercise sessions a day can go a long way in keeping your fluffy friend in purrfect health. Here are our top suggestions for likely ways to get your cat more exercise.
Get Your Cat Climbing
A cat tower is an essential part of cat exercise. Sturdy, tall towers with lots of levels and platforms can give cats endless entertainment and movement options. Bonus features include different textured surfaces for scratching and some covered areas for hiding. Place treats around the tower to get your cat searching around and place it by the window to give your cat plenty to look at. A good cat tower can be bought at a pet store or online, or you can try building one yourself!
Get Your Cat Outside (Safely)
Dogs exercise is easy- daily walks, tossing a ball in the backyard, or taking them to the dog park. The great news is that more and more people are getting their cats outside for walks also. Important to remember- unquestionably get your cat a fitting and comfortable harness to wear that a leash connects to. Your cat might be reluctant at first, but after a few gentle walks, they’re likely to get the hang of it and enjoy the fresh air and movement. Another way to get your indoor cat outside is by making space for them on a porch or patio. This way, they can hear the birds chirping, see things moving around outside, and all their senses will brighten up.
Get Your Cat A Companion
Cats are less likely to make friends as they age, but if you are just starting out, getting a pair of kittens will ensure that they have a playmate all the time. Kittens love to wrestle and play, and even older cats will chase and wrestle with each other for fun. Of course, it’s best to get a recommendation from your veterinarian if your cat has issues with its health or its acclimation to new things. Sometimes stress can occur and other issues that you’ll want to try and avoid by having the proper introductions.
Give Your Cat Attention
Playtime with your cat is valuable for your cat’s physical stimulation. You get to bond, laugh, and you both can get some exercise! Try some interactive toys to get them moving. Non-toxic bubbles can even get your cat jumping and reaching. A feather wand toy or a mouse on a string toy can stimulate your cat’s natural instincts and will have them chasing and grabbing. One of the most fun toys to watch is a laser pointer- your cat will go high and low trying to catch the light! Just be sure to give them something tangible at the end of a laser chasing session so they feel their hard work was worth it.
Various Cat Toys
Cats can entertain themselves well, especially if they have some things to play with on their own. You don’t have to spend a whole lot on toys, simple household items go a long way. Items like toilet paper rolls, a ball of yarn, used wrapping paper, or of course, BOXES, can keep a cat moving and playing for a while. You could also try some battery operated toys, like a running mouse, or treat dispensing toys that give cats a little mental workout too as they solve how to get the treat out! Finally, catnip in moderation could get your cat engaged.
Exercise is so important for your cat’s overall health. If you’re worried your cat might be reaching unhealthy weight levels, call us today to set up an appointment. We want to help get your cat on track for a long and healthy life!