Many owners have trouble keeping their cats in shape and at a healthy weight with adult cats sometimes becoming more sedentary and relaxed, unfortunately leading to animal obesity. It makes it difficult as cats don’t go on walks like dogs do, but don’t fret. There are ways to help your cat exercise and lose weight to not only be healthier but become more alert and help bond with you. Don’t worry, there are ways both you and your cat will have fun doing these! You should try to help your cat exercise around 10-15 minutes a day. Kittens will have no problem letting you know if they want to play, but adult cats may need some more encouragement.
One of the first things you can do is buy a scratching post or a multi-level cat house. The scratching post helps them stretch, file down their nails, and relieves them of the urge to scratch anything else around the house. The multi-level house lets them jump around and have some fun playing around on the tall tower as they shed some weight. If this still isn’t enough high space for them, try clearing off high perches so they have more room to explore and enjoy stalking around the rooms.
If you’d rather try something that takes less space, you could try laser pointers, electronic mice, and even string. Laser pointers are perfect for getting your cat to get energized and have them do some running throughout the day. Not only will you get a good laugh out of watching your kitty run around after the red dot, but your kitty will work off that extra weight. The electric mice will help tap into your cat’s predatory instincts and give them something to focus all of their pounces on. And, don’t knock it until you try it, but many cats love the simpler things in life, especially string. Just remember to put it away to avoid your cat swallowing it and needing a vet visit.
Remember, playtime with your cat is not only important to your cat’s health but also helps you both bond. The 15 minutes a day playtime with your furry friend will make all the difference, not only with their weight but also their life.