We know that cats love to nap and lay in their favourite spot, but particularly if your cat lives indoors, it might tend to put on some weight, which in turn might lead to health issues. So, even if you feel like your cat only wants to lay on the couch or on its favourite sunny spot, it is probably time start that hunting machine moving and keep your cat active!
Set up a treasure hunt!
There are many effortless way to help your cat to stay fit and healthy! For example you could divide your cat’s food into smaller portions and then hide it around the house. This will awaken your cat’s hunting instincts and have her moving to get her food!
Schedule regular playtime
Set aside 20 minutes every day to play with your cat, ideally at the same time every day. This will help create a pattern and your cat might even come to you when it’s time to play. In addition, if your cat tends to wake you up at night, regular playtime will provide the mental and physical stimulation she needs to sleep through the night!
There are many activities that your cat will enjoy and that will help her to keep in top shape. For example you can attach some feathers to a string and play catch. If you are looking for something more elaborate, try electric powered mice, which will surely provide your cat with countless hours of fun! Remember that certain objects can be choking hazards for your cat, so don’t leave them hanging around the house.
Use a light beam
The red dot is every cat’s worst enemy, but it can also be your best friend if you need to stimulate your cat to get moving! Just be careful to never point it at anyone’s eyes, including your cat, also your cat will chase the light everywhere, so be careful not to put your kitty in dangerous situations.
Get a scratching post.
This one is a double positive! It will allow your cat to get some exercise while at the same time avoid those annoying scratches on furniture. Also you might want to consider a cat tree or a cat castle, scratching posts combined with areas where your cat can play and keep her kingdom under close watch at the same time.
Box it up
Toys don’t need to be expensive and an empty box can provide hours of fun and movement, and often become a new sleeping spot at the same time! Some cats love to shred cardboard boxes and will commit all of themselves to this, it might get a bit messy, but it will definitely provide your cat with plenty of exercise.