It might seem that cats appear perfectly happy spending most of their time in a horizontal position, but it’s important for their health and wellbeing that you add a bit of physical activity into their lives as well.

The great outdoors

If your cat likes to venture outside every day then it’s most likely they’ll be able to invent their own exercise program. As long as there is a tree to climb or a leaf to chase then no doubt they’ll get their body moving at some point. Just remember to check on them regularly.

Indoor cats

If a cat lives indoors that doesn’t mean they should miss out on physical activity – you just might have to be a little more creative about how you encourage it. Arranging your cat’s food, water and litter tray so that there is a bit of distance between them is a good start.

Play time

Cats love to play! You’ll often need to interact with your cat to encourage them, but this can be lots of fun for you as well. Hiding toys under a carpet or blanket and moving the material around, or dangling a toy from a string will have your cat playing away in no time. Remember that cats can be a little like children and may tire of toys after a while, so put them away after a play session and have a few different ones on rotation.

Cat trees

Many cats are keen climbers. If your cat fits that description they are likely to enjoy having a climbing frame or cat tree. Most pet stores stock these cat friendly accessories in a whole range of shapes and sizes. However, a good idea is to first check with your vet if this would be an appropriate playground for your feline friend.

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