How to Exercise Your Overweight Cat
- 7 October 2018
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Evening activity is a product of a cat’s nocturnal nature. Your attempts to get your cat to exercise may be more productive once the sun goes down — or before it comes up, if you happen to be an early riser. We’ve all seen cats get what I like to call the late-night crazies. They zoom through the house at light speed, up and down the hall, on and off the sofa. It always makes me laugh.
Cats are natural hunters, so use their instincts to motivate them. They like to pursue moving objects, so intrigue them with electronic mice that make a squeaking noise as they move, balls that light up or flash in motion, and catnip-scented toys that crinkle when your cat pounces on them. A simple, inexpensive option is a Ping Pong ball tossed down the hall. Other feline favorites are wand- and fishing-pole-type toys that dangle feather or fabric lures. It’s amazing how easy it is to get a cat to do spins and flips as he tracks the lure. (Just be sure he doesn’t have any orthopedic problems that could be worsened by jumping.) You can operate these toys from your recliner, exercising the cat while you watch TV.
Speaking of hunting, let your cat do some real hunting for his meals. No, not mice. Take his daily allotment of Pet Wants Lean Cat food and divide it into four or more portions. Then hide them in different places around the house. They can be upstairs, downstairs, on the top ledge of the cat tree, on top of the washing machine, under the bed — the possibilities are endless. Your cat gets activity, a brain workout and a meal, all in one.
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