Keeping Kitty Fit And Happy

The independent nature of cats lead them to basically do what they want to do and on their own time table. Most felines are active creatures that enjoy watching, stalking, chasing and pouncing on anything they tend to see as prey. Climbing and leaping are all part of the equation when it comes to the motion of cats. Providing an opportunity for indoor pets to exercise, especially during the long winter months, is good for them mentally and physically. An added benefit of ensuring that cats have adequate play time and appropriate objects to play on is saving the family furniture from being used as a scratching post. 

A piece of furniture designed specifically for felines such as a cat tower can provide hours of playtime and exercise for cats of all ages. Made of wood that has been finished to be scratch resistant, most have multiple tiers including platforms that offer lounging areas and play space for pets. Tall enough to give a cat reason to jump and leap from level to level and a scratching board to entice them to the tower, as opposed to that expensive sofa, add to appeal for both felines and their owners. A motorized option that spins feathered toys around for the cats enjoyment, plus a box that has holes for them to poke their paws through and attack items, gives them plenty of opportunity to practice their hunting skills. 

Cats that get enough exercise and stimulating play-time get tired out not bored; which saves belongings and your sanity from a pet that is constantly pestering to be entertained. There are many toys on the market designed specifically for cats that will provide fun and exercise for that feisty feline. Small balls with noise makers inside that cats love to roll around with their paws, feather teasers on a stick for the cat to bat at and laser pointers with a beam of light can make play fun for both of you. If the family cat is a chow hound the use of treats as encouragement to get up and move around works. Walk around the house and let the cat watch you place a few treats different places like on their cat tower, behind a chair or on a window sill. For food motivated cats this will be a fun treasure hunt for their favorite treats and get them up and moving in the process. 

Catnip is very enticing to pets and giving them toys stuffed with the herb, or growing some of the plant in your kitchen window to have on hand, gets most cats bounding around the house. Tie just about anything to a piece of string and drag it along the floor. An old sock, a small ball or even a crumpled up ball of paper will work, and chances are the cat will be up and running after it within seconds. With the feline love for the big chase, an old remote-controlled toy that a child no longer plays with or a motorized toy made specifically for cats will supply them with hours of entertainment. Equipping your home with a stylish and sturdy cat tower for your feline friends will accommodate their need for leaping, lounging, scratching and hunting. Arranging enough stimulation and exercise options for your pet will keep them satisfied and help them to live a long and healthy life.

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