While a house cat sleeps the majority of its time it is also important to make sure your cat gets some exercise in order to stay fit and healthy. There are a lot of different ways to promote some activity for your cat. Here are six ideas for fun cat exercises.
Create a hockey rink
To make things even more interactive and fun, put a ball in a large cardboard box or the bathtub to create an instant “hockey rink” for your cat. As the ball goes flying off the walls (and the cat goes flying after it), you’ll get some laughs and your cat will get some much-needed exercise.
Use laser lights
Laser toys are often good entertainment, but follow it up with a real toy that the cat can catch to avoid fixation and frustration over never being able to catch the light beam. Be sure to never shine the beam directly into the cat’s eyes.
Create an agility course
If your cat is extremely energetic and agile, try some cat agility exercises. You might be more familiar with these challenges for dogs or horses, but cats can also enjoy this mix of speed and challenge. These programs include a number of obstacles, such as bars to jump over or tunnels to pass through, which push your cat both physically and mentally.
Try a playmate
This works best for younger cats. If you have a senior cat, it’s usually not a good idea to adopt a kitten as a playmate as the kitten's antics will usually annoy your older cat. Better if you can get them together when they’re young. If you do, they’ll behave just like human siblings in that they’ll entertain one another throughout their lives.
Create space to climb
Climbing is good for balance and helping your cat maintain his agility. Whether you get a 3 or 4 tier kitty tower or keep space available on a shelf, it’s a cat’s natural inclination to climb and explore. If, for some reason, your cat doesn’t show interest, try putting small treats at different intervals to encourage exploration.
Get your cat a piñata
Cats love to bat things that hang overhead. To make a piñata, use a plastic container, like an old yogurt or sour cream cup with a lid. Cut a small hole in the bottom of it. Put a treat or two inside and hang it up with a string where your cat can reach it. If they hit it the right way, the treats will fall out.