While cats require more beauty rest than humans, they do need a substantial amount of exercise daily. Getting your feline more active can be challenging, especially now that many have noticed that allowing your pet outdoors is not ideal. Fortunately, there are ways to keep your cat active.
Make Meals Joyful
Consider how cats might eat – it’s often smaller daily meals involving a hunt. Instead of leaving all the food out simultaneously, try hiding several smaller bowls throughout your house in various places. Not only does this help keep your cat active, but it stimulates them mentally. You may also try puzzle feeders if food must stay in one place.
Moreover, cats love playing hide and seek. Start the game by placing a toy in a visible location. When your cat retrieves it, they will receive a treat. After completing this game multiple times, they will quickly learn the rules. Therefore, the hiding places can become innovative.
Whether it’s a string, ball, or a feather, most felines have at least one toy that gets them excited to play with. Once you have discovered a toy your pet enjoys, set time aside for playtime daily. In addition, you can attempt to make toys to observe what will help keep your cat active. Simple things such as sections of paper towel rolls, balled-up paper, and plastic bottles cats often appeal to cats just like expensive playthings. Remember to be sure that whatever you use is large enough and of a material your cat cannot ingest.
Additionally, cat trees are great for increasing activity and giving your furry pal a resting place. These will often include scratching posts that help keep claws away from furnishings in your home.
Monitor for Weight Changes
Lastly, supervise any weight fluctuations in your pet. Minor weight changes in cats and other small animals can indicate significant problems. So, if your cat gains substantial weight, that can be problematic. Consult with your veterinarian in the event of weight!
Support Your Pet’s Wellness at Alexander Animal Hospital
Alexander Animal Hospital is a full-service animal hospital located in Severna Park, Maryland, serving the Severna Park, Pasadena, and Arnold Areas. Our goal is educating clients on the needs of their pets and understanding the importance of individualized veterinary care in order to strengthen the human-animal bond between owners and their pets.
We understand you have a choice when deciding on the care for your pets, and we strive to provide you with unparalleled services including wellness exams, vaccines, lost pet microchip ID, dental care, surgical services, digital radiography, and in-hospital laboratory services and diagnostics. Other highlights of Alexander Animal Hospital are the separate cat and dog waiting and exam rooms, as well as after-hours on-call emergency services.