How should I exercise my cat
Cats are designed to be active in short bursts, so playing with them is the best way to make sure they get enough exercise, especially if they live indoors. It’s also a great way to bond with them, and show them how much you love them!
Special cat toys and activities will help keep your cat busy and interested in life. This is important because cats who are bored tend to eat too much and get fat.
Remember to keep your cat’s toys clean, and throw them away if they get damaged. Getting them a new toy every now and again is a perfect treat, and much better for them than food.
Most cats love playing games, especially with:
- Things they can hit. Cats enjoy batting at light things that move easily across the floor: a ball of paper is ideal. It’s important not to give them anything they can chew up or swallow. If you’re fed up of your cat losing their toys under furniture you can put the ball or toy in a large cardboard box so that your cat can play with it in a controlled space.
- Things they can chase. Wind-up or motorised toys, or a piece of string dragged across the floor, will turn even a couch potato into a hunter!
- Things they can jump onto. Cats love to be up high so making sure there is safe surfaces and space they can jump on and off to help burn extra calories.
- Things they can climb into. Cats can have hours of fun with an empty box or a tunnel.
- Things they can scratch. Scratching keeps a cat’s claws sharp, and tones their shoulder and back muscles. A scratching-post will meet this need – and should save your furniture!
Although it’s tempting, it’s not a good idea to use your hand or fingers as ‘bait’. Your cat will think it’s OK to scratch and bite you – and it’s not, even as a game! It’s important not to make big or sudden changes to your cat’s diet or exercise routine. If you have any questions or concerns, your vet will be happy to help. You can also download our guide to getting your cat into shape.