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Tips for Exercising Your Cat

Exercising your cat is incredibly important, but how do you get your cat to exercise?

The myth that you don’t need to exercise your cat is just that, a myth. Adult cats, unlike kittens, don’t run, play, jump or climb enough to keep themselves fit or in shape (at least they don’t without your encouragement)! At our veterinary clinic in North Bellmore, we understand that many cat parents are simply at a loss as to how to exercise their cats, but our experts are here to help. Here are a couple of tips to help your indoor cat get a bit more exercise:

#1. Build or buy a cat tower.

A multi-tiered cat tower will give your cat a fun and safe place to climb. The best part is that you don’t necessarily need to buy one; you could build one! To encourage your cat to climb more often, hide treats or catnip in different places throughout the tower.

#2. Make sure your cat has plenty of toys.

Cats tend to keep to themselves, so it’s important to give them plenty of toys to play with. In addition to the cat toys you find at the store, there are many household items that your cat will love to chase, bat around and climb on. Shoestrings, paper bags, boxes and ice cubes all make great toys for cats.

Although these are both wonderful ways to encourage your cat to exercise, we have many more tips for you. Please stay tuned for our upcoming blog to learn more things you can do to get your cat moving.

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