With a dog, it’s easy – take them to a park, or go round the block. As long as they are on a leash and good with other dogs, exercising them is a breeze.
But what about cats?
According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 33.8% of house cats struggle with obesity.
While cats can learn to walk on a leash, this is a dangerous form of exercise. If an off-leash dog were to see your cat and get a bit too excited, who is going to stop them from getting in harm’s way? You. And that’s dangerous.
So we at VIP Pets thought it would be great to come up with some nifty ways to keep your cat in shape. From cat towers to agility courses, there are lots of ways to keep Fluffy from living up to her name.
Cat Towers are an excellent way to ensure that your cat will have plenty of places to play and climb for a good workout. Try putting healthy, low-calorie treats in different areas to encourage play, and they will stay busy for hours!
We have all seen those videos of a cat transfixed by a laser, and chances are, your cat will be no different. It’s a GREAT way to exercise your cat with minimal effort – simply sit back, flick the laser at a wall, and enjoy!
Do you have just the one cat? Maybe try two! They will enjoy each other’s company and spend a LOT of time chasing each other around and playfighting, right from when they are kittens, all the way up to grown cats! It’s an effective way to ensure that your cat is getting both physical exercise and social interaction.
Stock up on cat toys.
Cats are such curious creatures. They love to play. Get them some toys, like a ball with a bell or a toy mouse, and you’ll be surprised at how long they can continue the chase! It’s great fun for them and gives them the exercise they need.
Build an agility course!
This is the ULTIMATE way to provide some fun and games for your cat. Cats are incredibly agile, so create some fun ways to get his brain and body moving! Use several obstacles that your cat has to get through, or jump over, to push them mentally and physically. They will love you for it.
We hope this has given you some fun ideas for exercising your cat! Remember, while they do sleep a LOT, cats still need exercise! So get creative, and have fun!