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How to Get Your Cat to Exercise


cat exerciseCats are a funny creature in that they’re capable of amazing feats of athletic prowess like leaping incredible heights, sprinting at insane speeds, or flipping around with what can very accurately be described as “catlike agility,” yet they prefer to spend the majority of their time sitting around doing absolutely nothing in between eating, pooping, and more napping. Finding ways for your cat to exercise can be tough if you’re not paying attention to their weight, but it’s important to consider, so here are a few ways to help get your cat to exercise.


The problem of feline obesity never used to be an issue as most cats lived on farms and therefore had acres and acres of land to run around on and lived off of whatever they could catch rather than whatever we placed out for them to eat. These days however, an increasing number of kitties are indoor-only pets (which does increase their lifespan and reduces the amount of strays substantially), but the downside is that they won’t get any natural exercise during the day-to-day business of mouse catching and bird killing is replaced by mouse thinking and bird watching. Therefore, the first thing you can do to help is to keep your cat’s diet carefully monitored with scheduled feeding times and set amounts of food.


Beyond a simple diet, the real challenge of exercise can be addressed without much fuss at all, most easily when adopting kittens. If you have the option to adopt a pair or more of kittens, it’s highly recommended that you do so, not just in order to give your kitties some sleeping companions and grooming buddies, but to provide the best playmate around. Kittens will gladly break out in wrestling matches for no good reason, even well into adulthood, assuming they’ve bonded with their fellow housecats of course.


Assuming there are no other felines in the house, or that they just don’t break out into pits of spontaneous playfulness anymore, your next simplest solution is string. Yup, that’s it, just some string. I shouldn’t have to mention string or other dangly items to remind you how effective some little object can be in convincing your cat to run around like a maniac, but it is important to remember that you’ll need to be on the other end and that means you’ll need to be committed to playing with your pet on a regular basis.


If you yourself just can’t get the time to play with your cat, or the strong/feather on a pole method is too strenuous, there is the extremely brilliant invention of laser pointers to bail you out. A laser pointer can keep a cat busy for ages, as long as you’re actively playing with them of course.


However, if you’re willing to put in a bit more time and a lot more effort, it is possible to train your cat to walk on a leash, allowing you to take them for walks for exercise around your neighborhood or park or what have you. How best to leash train your cat is another article (this one actually) but it will take the greatest commitment on your part, both for the training and the actual walking part.


Whatever you choose, remember that you’re doing it for the health of your kitty. They need exercise to stay fit and to avoid some adverse conditions such as diabetes or arthritis, so make sure to find a method that works and keep with it.



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