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Do you own a cat who loves lazying around the couch and sitting on windowsills? Yes, cats can be found napping in every nook and corner, but that does not mean they do not need to play and stay active.
Playing is one way to ensure your little kitty remains healthy and active. A long time of staying sedentary can make your cat lousy and induce obesity in it. However, keeping your cat can be a tricky business.
You cannot tie your cat in a leash, like a dog, and take it around the neighborhood for a stroll. It is a different story if you have trained your cat to walk around in a leash right from kitten-hood. However, not all of us have such cats, do we?
There are other ways to encourage an active life to ensure your cat does not become obese.
Playtime is also a great bonding experience for you and your little friend. Spending more time together can provide a boost to your well-being.
Necessity of physical activity
When your cat starts living an active life, their body-weight stays in check. They get toned and strong muscles, and their mind also becomes sharp. You must ensure that your cat gets at least 15 to 20 minutes of exercise every day. However, letting them out to play is not an option, no matter how much they like it. There are predators outside, and there is a general threat from motorists.
Making your cat active does not require a lot of money, time, or effort.
Generally, younger cats willingly play on their own accord. They only need a little stimulation from you. If you have a kitten, you will know that they love chasing everything, from small balls to toys.
Older and obese cats, on the other hand, are a different ball game altogether. They need more stimulation from you to get on track. It is a good idea to start with a few minutes every day. Slowly increase the playtime until they get used to the routine.
Cats respond to movement, and you can use toys to play with them. These days pet stores have a plethora of fun and safe toys for your little friend. You can get a few options for your cat to switch things up so that playtime does not get boring for it. When you get toys, make sure that you get safe ones that will not injure your cat due to sharp edges or swallowing. Stimulating movement and activity every day can make your cat active and rigorous. Using your imagination and keeping true to your commitment, spend some time every day with your cat to give it enough exercise and activity. The time you spend will make your cat both healthy and happy.