Everyone knows that dogs need to be exercised, but often cat owners forget that cats need exercise too. When cats are young they will play and amuse themselves, but as they get older, they tend to play less. It is both essential and beneficial for the older cat to exercise. Just as it is for humans, exercise keeps a cat in shape, helping to prevent overweight issues for cats that tend to put weight on, and in all cats, exercise helps keep them supple and their joints in shape.
Playing with your cat is one way to do this with the added benefit of establishing and fostering your bond with the cat. There are a number of ways to play with your cat and it is important to learn what your cat likes to do. There are toys that are designed to both play with and exercise your cat.
Different cats like to play with different things, and it may take a few tries to find out which toys your cat likes before you find the right combination. Many cats enjoy chasing toys that move and “fly” around. One toy that has been successful is the neko fly. This is an interactive toy that resembles real life critters and mimics their natural movements. To see more go to Nekochan Enterprises, Inc at:
Many cats like to chase a string or something that “snakes” along the floor. Strings, yarn, and even an old belt often work well. It is important to move toys slow at first. Many cats will not chase something that is pulled fast or jerked around. Short bursts of movement work well with many cats. They like to freeze, watch and then pounce on the toy in the same manner that they would if they were hunting.
Cats can benefit from having the ability to go outside for exercise which allows them to vent energy and soak up some sun. This is especially beneficial for the multi-cat household. Letting cats exercise and sun bathe can help them get along.
The main problem in letting cats go outdoors is keeping them safe and at home. Purr…fect Fence offers a solution to this problem by offering an easy to install poly mesh gird system. They also offer a converter kit to make existing 5 – 6 foot fences cat proof.
For more information go to: www.purrfectfence.com,
Sitting outdoors, relaxing with your cat is one of the more pleasurable things a cat owner can do with their cat(s). However, never trust a standard fence to keep your cat confined outdoors. A standard fence must be “cat proofed” if it is going to be safe for your cat.
It is also important to make sure that your cat is safe from all types of predators, both human and animal when outdoors. With some thought, planning and research, cat owners can provide the much needed exercise that benefit cats.