3 Ways to Trick Your Cat Into Exercising

May 12, 2016 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle

Pet care for your cat

Is Fluffy the feline lazing around the house all day putting on the pounds? Are you worried Mr. Whiskers isn't getting the exercise he needs? We have some clever ideas to trick your cat into exercising—you just have to disguise it as some good old-fashioned fun.

1. Do Some Magic

One of the most popular cat toys looks a lot like a wand—with a string and something tantalizing attached to the end. Choose a wand that has one of your cat's favorite objects at the end, like feathers to mimic birds or a bell that makes noise. These are easy to make at home, as well, and can be customized to your cat's preferences. When you're playing, be sure to mix it up for maximum movement and fun: wiggle the wand at high heights to encourage your cat to jump, and hang it over obstacles to encourage climbing. This is a great way to get in some laughs and movement with your cat.

2. Get an RC Car

Cats love to chase things, so why not invest in a cheap remote controlled car for your feline friend? Your cat will love following the car around the house, and you'll love the entertainment value. Drive the car under sofas and chairs to "hide" and then have it pop out at unexpected places. Your cat's hunter instincts will set in immediately.

3. Play Hide and Seek

Everybody loves a classic game of hide and seek, and your cat will benefit from moving around the house looking for you. Call for your cat—or offer a favorite treat—and then disappear around a corner or into another room. When your cat finds you, reward him or her with a treat, and then start over again.

Remember, when you're playing with your cat, be careful not to encourage "hunting" of humans. Encourage your cat to play with toys and food, not fingers, feet, or hands, since this will send your cat the wrong message. For more information about keeping your cat healthy, visit our website or contact us.

Topics: Pet Care

Nikki Wardle

Written by Nikki Wardle

Nikki has been writing for Intermountain Pet Hospital since 2014.