Some studies have shown that an estimated 57% of cats are too heavy! A few pounds on humans is not a big deal, but an extra roll on your cat can lead to some serious health issues, including diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure and heart disease. Is that what you want for your cat?
It’s important to control your cat’s diet, but exercise is part of the equation, too. So, here are some suggestions to help your cat get some exercise:
- Put a bowl of food on an elevated surface so your cat has to jump to get to it.
- Put your cat’s food in places where he or she has to work to access it. A food dispensing toy can be fun for your cat, giving them some play time and makes them work to find their yummies. One I’ve used with Marty is the Petsafe SlimCat Meal Dispensing Cat Toy, Blue (available from Amazon, $5.95). I like it because you can adjust the amount of food or treats dispensed to make it easier or more challenging for your cat.
- Schedule daily play sessions with your cat. Many cats love wand toys because they give cats a chance to stalk and hunt “prey” while giving them some exercise. Planning a couple of 15-20 sessions a day will give your cat much needed exercise and strengthen the bond you have together. One wand toy I’ve found that’s really popular with cats is the Natural Wand Cat Toy with Tassel from Mountain Cat Trees. (Available from Amazon, $10.95 or mountaincattrees.com)
- Purchase a multi-tiered cat tower. If you hide treats in it your cat will be motivated to climb and play.
- And believe it or not, with the proper equipment and training…and oodles of patience…you can train your cat to take a walk outside on a leash.
As with anything pertaining to your cat and his/her overall health, please consult your veterinarian first.