Exercising your cat

Exercising Your Cat

Exercising Your Cat

Guest Writer:  Dr. Scott Shaw

Seven, eight, nine, come on push through it, you can do one more. Cats need exercise as much as we do. You can add precious years together by keeping your cat active. Encouraging activity keeps a pet’s weight in check and also provides mental stimulation.

Exercising your cat

You’ll need to be creative to get your cat to exercise and sometimes you’ll need to play a trick or two.

Cats love to chase things because it stimulates their hunter instinct. Use feathers on a stick or a laser pointer.  Start with 5 minutes a day and work up to 15 minutes of active play time.

Another way to stimulate their hunter instinct and get exercise is to divide up their food and place it around the house. Your cat will have to go from room to room in search of dinner. Consider placing some of the portions on elevated areas to encourage jumping which adds a mental and physical challenge.

During meal time, toss each kibble across the floor to encourage your cat to get up and walk to find the morsel.

Toys such as balls or squeaky toys entice your kitty to play. Change them up to keep it exciting.

Have a cat tree or other structures to climb to strengthen muscles.

Consider a cat buddy if your cat is an only child, as many cats will play with each other and burn more calories.

Be creative and help your cat get buff.

Guest Writer Bio:

Dr. Scott Shaw has been practicing veterinary medicine for over thirty-two years. For the past fifteen years he has expanded his education into holistic medicine. He finished the professional veterinary homeopathy course in 2000. He became a certified veterinary acupuncturist in 2004. Since then he has taken many classes on advanced acupuncture techniques, Chinese herbal medicine and food therapy. He feels the blending of western veterinary and eastern veterinary medicine creates a balance for optimum patient care.

Check out his website, Westside Pet Hospital

Other Articles by Dr. Scott Shaw:
Genetic Time Bombs in Dog Breeds

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2 thoughts on “Exercising Your Cat

  1. I love the idea of putting her food in various little areas around the house! I am always trying to think of new ways to make her life more wonderful for her and I’m excited about that idea. That will help her feel like she is hunting! And feel like playtime game too and keep her brilliant, creative mind moire stimulated. It also has a more practical purpose in that she loves her food so much she has a bad habit of gobbling too much, too quickly without chewing well and sometimes that makes her vomit so I am confident that this cool, fun idea will be exciting for her AND help her not to throw up! YAY GOSH I love your blog and articles. THANK YOU for sharing. Another place she loves to play is when I lay down in bed to sleep or for a nap, before she naps with me, if i am not too sleepy at first.. she LOVES when I wiggle my hands UNDER the sheets or comforter like a mouse running around under there and she chases it and then I gently grab her feet or face or belly or butt with my mouse under cover hand and she LOVES playing hunt and kangaroo kick and wrestle. It helps wear her out so she sleeps better too and is so darn cute. 🙂

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