Playing With Your Cats – A Good Exercise

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Cats, specially elder ones may seem to like to be left alone in their own little world, doing their own thing such as eating when they want, sleeping as much as they want, napping on odd places, or just staring blankly by the window. But it is also quite important, specially for indoor cats, to have physical activities as their exercise.

Sunday playtime annoying my cats in their cat condo.
Sunday playtime annoying my cats in their cat condo.

As much as I love chunky cats (they are so adorable and cuddly!), I am on the other hand tend to get paranoid on the side effects of overweight in cats. Just like in humans, it isn’t healthy. There are a number of factors that affects cat weight which is almost always their diet – what kind of dry/wet food we give them, how much grain does it contain and what not. And although we can always control how much food we give them, it would be nice if you can also push them to do some workout. OK, cats are their own masters so there’s no pushing that’s going to happen, that’s for sure. But what I mean is, we, as their humans, can stimulate activities for them.

To exercise my cats, I have 2 favorite tools : Cat ribbon and a laser pen. The cat ribbon is just an improvised thing. It’s just a long ribbon I tie at the end of stick and just wave it around like a gymnast – and when I have enough energy, I run around the house with it so they can chase me.  And if i don’t have the energy to run around with them, I use a laser pen. It’s quite tricky because not all cats get attracted to it, but it’s worth a try. 3 of my cats love it, but 3 of them don’t care much.  So still, my best tool is the ribbon.

Playing with Pan using a ribbon pompom. This was a gift from a friend that Pan loves to play with.
Playing with Pan using a ribbon pompom. This was a gift from a friend that Pan loves to play with.

A hanging cat toy with elastic is also a nice exercise tool. It pounces around so they tend to chase it and jump with it. The best part is, you can just leave it hanging on the door – saves you energy.

I’m not saying you exercise your cat everyday – we have tons of work lined up before us. But it is important to get them do some activities. So when you get a free time to spare, try playing with your cat even just for half an hour. I assure it’s not just them who will enjoy, but you too!