5 Ways to Keep Your Cat Active

Is your kitty sleeping right now? There’s a good chance that the answer to that question is yes. Cats certainly do take their beauty sleep very seriously! Fluffy’s love of naps may be cute, but it does make it easy for her to put on weight. Obesity is very bad for kitties’ health, and can cause some very serious medical problems. But how do you convince a cat to stay in shape? Read on as a Colorado Springs, CO vet offers some tips for keeping your kitty active.

Fun Furniture

Offer your feline pal fun cat furniture that encourages healthy activities like climbing and jumping. Cat towers are great for this! You can also get Fluffy an activity center that incorporates hanging toys and hidey-holes. (Your kitty may also use her cat tower as a vantage point or a napping spot, but that’s another topic.)

Playmates

This is definitely not a blanket recommendation. After all, there are many things to consider before adding a new pet to your family, including Fluffy’s age, history, and temperament. However, if your kitty is fairly young and friendly, getting her a new roommate to play with could be a great option. Just be sure to consult your vet before making a final decision.

Catnip

Although not every cat is responsive to catnip, those that are tend to get super frisky when exposed to it. Sprinkle some catnip on Fluffy’s cat tower, or get her a new catnip toy to play with.

Toys

Make sure your kitty has plenty of fun toys to play with. Classic cat toys like catnip mice and feather toys are always good options. You can also spoil Fluffy with modern inventions, like catnip bubbles, robotic mice, or mechanized laser pointers.

Playtime

Spend a few minutes a day holding a laser pointer, so Fluffy can chase after that elusive red dot, or dangling a feather toy before her, so she can bat at it. Even a few minutes of playtime will benefit your feline buddy. This is also a great way for you to spend some quality time with your pet. Don’t be surprised if your furball hops into your lap for some cuddles after playtime is over.

Please feel free to contact us, your Colorado Springs, CO animal clinic, with any questions about your cat’s care. We are dedicated to providing excellent care!

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