Ways to Exercise Your Cat

Many people mistakenly believe that when it comes to cats, external sources of exercise aren’t necessary. While leashing up and taking your cat for a walk probably isn’t an option, you should still be diligent about keeping your feline companion active. Exercise – both mental and physical – is important in helping your kitty live a long, happy and healthy life. Not sure where to begin? Here are a few tips from the Cottage Lake Veterinarians to help get your cat moving.

First and foremost, before you start any new activity with your cat, make sure you bring them in to Cottage Lake Veterinary Hospital for a thorough physical examination. You want to make sure that your kitty is healthy enough to participate in physical activity. Once you’ve gotten a clean bill of health, here are a few things to try:

Toys – There are as many shapes, styles and sizes of cat toys on the market today as there are cat breeds and personalities. You may have to try a few different types of toys until you find a few that interest your cat. Our veterinarians here at Cottage Lake Vet can recommend a few good ones to try based on your particular pet and his or her unique personality.

Hide and Seek – Hide treats or even pieces of food at various places throughout your home for your cat to search for. This will get both the mind and the body moving and keep your kitty on his or her toes.

Room to Explore – Cats love to climb and explore, so be sure you’re providing plenty of opportunity for both in your home. Use kitty condos, climbing stations and window perches to encourage your cat to jump up and move around. Again, a Cottage Lake Veterinary Hospital vet can provide suggestions.

Flashlight or Laser Tag – Shine a flashlight or laser onto the floor, wall and anywhere it’s Ok for your cat to jump and climb and encourage them to chase after it. This will entice your cat’s natural hunting instinct and get the adrenaline pumping.

Household Items – Some cats are perfectly content using regular household items to entertain themselves. Try placing a few boxes or brown paper bags (never plastic) throughout your home, and put toys inside for your kitty to find.

Keeping your cat fit and healthy is an important part of responsible pet ownership – and it doesn’t have to be a chore. By following these tips and working with our Cottage Lake Veterinary Hospital veterinarians,  you’ll have your cat’s mind and body moving again in no time.

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