Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Cat Exercise


Here's a video of cats exercising. Made me laugh!

I AM very lucky because I live in a quiet village in a house with a  garden so I have a cat flap for Miss Toffee to come and go as she pleases.  But I know there are many cat owners who keep their pets indoors because it's just not safe for them to go out.

The consequence is that more and more cats are getting overweight. A recent study showed that in the UK, around one in four cats were too heavy. This can create health problems including heart disease and diabetes. But there is a lot owners can do to keep their cats in tip-top condition.

Take time to play with your cat. You can buy cat toys, of course, but you don't have to spend any money if  you don't want to. Toffee can spend ages batting a scrunched up piece of paper around the house.

You can tie objects to string and get your cat to chase them. Warning: make sure you don't leave pieces of string lying about for them to swallow.




They love to climb so put a treat on something high to so that they have to scramble up to get it (only a 'little' treat, otherwise it defeats the object of losing weight!).



Cardboard boxes, balls, stones or marbles in secure containers to make a noise are all ideal for a cat to play with.

There are some ideas here for homemade toys and here is a homemade cat tree. If you're not so hot at homemade, have a look at this lovely toy set here.


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13 comments:

Deziz World said...

Dat's a really cute video. Mommy is a real no go in da DIY arena. MOL Me gets purrlenty of excercise watchin' her make DIY messes. MOL

Luv ya'

Dezi

That's Purrfect said...

Dezi: I sympathise with your mommy, I seem to have ten thumbs when it comes to DIY.

Pat Hatt said...

The cat has the toilet paper exercise down lol

Having more than one keeps them in shape as they chase each other about. Let a fly in the house too. They'll chase that down haha

Three Chatty Cats said...

Oh my goodness, that video is too much! :-) A very important topic, keeping your cat in fit form. Thank you for sharing. (I found your blog from 15andMeowing!)

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

This is a really fun post. I loved the exercise video and ideas, too. And thanks for the safety reminders. Hugs.

Caren Gittleman said...

Love that video! I think I posted that one (or one like it), years ago, cracked me up! catchatwithcarenandcody

Jo said...

So true about indoor cats becoming overweight. Such a shame. Fun to watch the exercise video

Birgit said...

The video was cute and funny. We rescued one cat and she was already very overweight. She is 21 pounds and should be about 8 to 10 pounds. We have her on diet food, we try to exercise her but she really often just lays there. The best is the laser but she will move a little and then just watch it. The hardest is to make sure she doesn't get to the other food for our other cats. So far she has no diabetes or other health issues...so far.

Liz A. said...

You just need to have some kids visit. That'll get the cats running.

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

That video is too cute. And I like your ideas to keep kitty active. I have a few that need to be more active.

Darla M Sands said...

Sadly, my overweight kitty isn't interested in play anymore. But we cut back her food and she's getting thinner! She can sit up on her haunches again and jumps in the bed just fine. Thank you for sharing this. Hilarious!

diedre Knight said...

What a delightful video! I almost forgot how fun it is to watch cats at play. I had a cat door once, but had to board it up when midnight cat-parties became a problem;-) Here in the Arizona desert we do worry about our cats, but not even small dogs (in their own yards!) are safe from some wildlife. Please give my regards to Carlton;-)

The Island Cats said...

The mom made us a treat puzzle like that plastic bottle. It drove us crazy trying to get the treats out. :)