Cat Exercises

Regular exercise can benefit your cat. Try one of these eight ideas to enliven your cat's playtime.

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Playful cayAssuming your cat has a clean bill of health from the veterinarian, a feline exercise program can benefit any cat, regardless of weight condition. Try these cat exercises:

1. Use an interactive toy with feathers on the end. Move it like a bird to encourage your cat to leap and stretch.

2. Slither snakelike toys up and down stairs. These toys are also great for going up and over the tops of sofas.

3. Set up boxes, bags and soft-sided tunnels to create an obstacle course for your interactive exercise session. If you can't find the soft-sided tunnels, make tunnels of your own by turning boxes upside down and cutting entrance and exit holes.

4. A small ball in a box works as a mini racquetball court.

5. Use your interactive toy around a tall, sturdy scratching post to encourage your cat to scratch. This causes a full stretch, which helps tone the muscles in the shoulders and back.

6. Invest in a multi-tiered cat tree so your cat can jump from one perch to the other during play. This exercise improves balance and coordination.

7. Plastic caps from milk jugs make great hockey pucks. Drop one on the kitchen floor to work on your cat's speed and coordination.

8. Don't forget to laugh. It wi'll do wonders for you emotionally and physically. Your cat will pick up on your good mood, and everyone will have a good time.

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Julie    Los Angeles, CA

7/9/2014 11:03:55 AM

There is a new Cat exercise wheel. Its great and its on Kickstarter now. Its 48" diameter and has a 10" wide tread and it only costs $199 delivered to your door. Spread the word. The kickstarter link is

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CatChannel Editor    Irvine, CA

12/30/2013 9:17:47 AM

Abella -- If you found an article with information like ours on another site it could be that a) someone copied this story or b) similar strategies have been uncovered by multiple sources. This was taken from Cat Fancy writers who contribute original material. Of course, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. For the best success in achieving weight-loss goals for your cat, talk to your vet who can help tailor a diet and exercise plan to suit your cat.

abella    ohio, ID

12/22/2013 12:03:36 PM

You know I am very tired of these people who write articles and copy their info from other sites. One time on google is enough. Isn't anyone out there creative at all? The deal is when you have an overweight cat they are not interested in exercise the same way people aren't. None of the above tricks work because the cat will play for 5 seconds if at all. My cat is overweight and has some kind of allergies with slight asthma. She won't play on her own except for gripping and kicking her long catnip toy. What I just started to do today is run her up the steps. I am in back of her and scooting her butt to go up the steps if she stalls I grab her ribs/waist and slightly lift her to make her walk or run up the steps. I do it up say 10 steps then she will run back down on her own then I get her and do it say 3 times. She was slightly huffing after this. She hasn't done anything in so long it was expected. I will start slow like this and then hopefully work up to doing it 9 times in a row in the coming months. Of course her diet has always been healthy/raw at times and very minimal. She is probably only overweight because she won't play. I tried all the da-bird toys, lasers and the like and she just isn't interested. These articles are as generic as the insomnia ones I have read all the time.. They list 10 different things to do and never does the advice help the true insomniac

Janet    Bethlehem, PA

4/21/2013 7:58:48 AM

thanks for the information

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