Exercise is important for your cat. It helps maintain a healthy body weight, tone, strong muscles and an alert mind. Exercising your cat can be fun and it also gives you the opportunity to bond with your cat.
You should spend at least 10 to 15 minutes a day trying to engage your cat in play. Young cats and kittens will usually be easily amused, but older cats will take more effort to engage in activity.
Getting your cat to exercise can be a bit easier when you use activities that stimulate hunting instincts. Most cats can’t resist a furry mouse toy tied to the end of a string, feathers on the end of a stick, or laser pointers. The idea is to peak your cat’s interest and then make them move.
Cat condos can also be a source of exercise for your cat. Even though they are mostly designed for your cat to lounge on, some offer an intricate system for climbing, doing nails and jumping, which all help when it comes to cat exercise.
Exercising your cat doesn’t need to be expensive either, there are plenty of things around your home that may engage your cat. Some of our cat’s favorites are crumpled paper, paper bags, empty toilet paper rolls and of course who can forget the all time favorite cat entertainment system… The cardboard box.
The most important thing to remember is that your cat needs exercise to stay healthy and happy so don’t give up on ways to make your cat move around.