Humans work on their health every day. We go to gyms, go for walks, go on hikes, and generally move around each day running errands and simply getting on with our daily lives. Animals, particularly indoor animals, don’t have that luxury; they require constant care and attention that is geared toward keeping them active, agile, and healthy. This is especially true for cats, who are by nature hunters and highly active.
There are many reasons why activity is important for your cat—especially an indoor cat. Consistent exercise for your cat can help prevent diseases, infections, and general health problems. It can also greatly reduce the risk of blood pressure and blood flow issues. Just like humans do, your cat needs exercise in order to live a healthy, long life. If you’re stumped and not sure how to incorporate more exercise into your cat’s daily life, here are 4 suggestions that might help you squeeze in some energetic time for your furry friend.
A leading toy is designed for cats (and dogs) to chase around with the human leading them. Using a laser pointer is a great way to engage your cat in a playful game of chase around the house. You might even want to incorporate an obstacle course that they can run through while chasing the laser pointer. If a laser pointer isn’t accessible, you can create or purchase a cat wand. A cat wand is essentially just a stick with a fuzzy object on the end that replicates your cat’s prey drive. They’ll chase the object around with you leading it for hours!
Many cat owners complain that these “cat condos” take up too much space around their home or apartments. While this might be true in some cases, you’ll be glad you made the purchase. Cat trees, cat posts, and scratch pads appeal to your cat’s innate desire to sharpen their claws and climb things. Cats are highly capable when it comes to climbing and using their claws to grip onto things—let’s hope that this is a better alternative to your curtains. These methods for cat exercise are generally inexpensive, and they give your cat something to do while you’re not home.
We can’t always spend the time we wish we could helping our pets exercise; we have jobs, families, friends, and other obligations that require us to leave home. Since we can’t be with our pets every waking minute of the day, it’s essential to provide them with enough things to keep them occupied while we’re gone. The more toys your cat has around the house, the more likely they are to stay busy and active while you’re gone. When your cat begins to lay around the house all day, you might start to coax them out of their lazy state by introducing new toys and getting rid of old, tattered ones. Keep it fun, interesting, and different for them.
Cats are meant to explore and hunt—a quality that cannot be taken away no matter how hard we try to domesticate them. They appreciate some time out of the house, whether it’s simply soaking up some sun in a mesh tent or going for a walk. Many people don’t consider that they can take their cat on a walk and certainly train them on a leash, just as you would a dog. You can purchase a cat leash quite easily and at an affordable price. It will also get you out of the house for a bit!
At Dr. Ron’s Animal Hospital & Emergency, we have helped many cat owners find exercise solutions in the areas of Simi Valley, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Chatsworth, and other clients from all over Ventura County. It’s difficult enough to incorporate exercise into our own lives, let alone our cat’s. We know that owning a pet is a challenge sometimes, and it helps to get creative. The above-mentioned exercise tips are great for maintaining your cat’s health, as we believe that exercise is critical for extending their life expectancy and ensuring their well-being. If you need more tips on how to get your cat to become more active, please contact one of our friendly, helpful animal technicians for more information.