Exercise equipment for cats
It is no secret that exercise is one of the key ingredients for a long and healthy life and this is also true for our pets. Unlike humans, cats don’t need 20 minutes of aerobic exercise 3 times a week to stay fit. They also don’t need to be walked multiple times a day like dogs, but they do need to lead an active life. It’s a challenge, not just for us, but for our furry feline pets as well, to get up off the couch and engage in some type of cat fitness that will get the heart rate up and provide a good workout.
Outdoor cats get all the exercise they need, exploring, chasing leaves, birds, flying insects, climbing trees, and just being curious themselves, stalking and attacking real or feigned prey, including scratching, scratching, chasing, and climbing. You rarely find “fat cats” that enjoy the outdoors.
“Feline obesity” is a major concern for indoor cats, however they can also be healthy and content as long as they exercise in other ways. It can be helpful if your indoor cat has a companion pet and if you can encourage them to play for an hour or so each day such as chasing or running after and hitting toys etc. Also, cats exercise best when they are doing something that is natural to them, such as predatory acts, stalking or climbing, etc. However, it will take some effort on your part to ensure that your pet participates in your cat’s fitness program.
To help you encourage your feline to become more active, there are some great toys and exercise equipment for cats that you can make yourself or buy, such as:
Laser Bolts, Fling-ama-string are examples of some of the toys that will get your cat activated. Cats love to chase rays of light or try to catch whatever is at the end of the rope. Some of these are automated, so your cat will use them with or without you. There are many other toys that encourage the cat to do what is natural … chase and catch. Some imitate birds, mice, or insects. Even if your cat is not hunting, he will enjoy the actions and movements involved in the hunting process and will create a form of play. Balls are great, anything your cat moves around, possibly charging and trying to tear, bite, and roll. Save toys for your cats, especially if they spend a lot of time alone.
Scratching posts for cats
Scratching is very natural for cats, with or without claws. There are so many Scratching Posts to choose from, from inexpensive cardboard, rope, or carpet covered posts to the more elaborate ones found in many of the cat trees and gyms discussed below. The Cat Scratching Post is essential exercise equipment for cats and they love to use it even more than their expensive furniture.
These climbing structures were designed for cats whose natural instincts are to climb, relax feeling safe and secure, seeing the world below. This goes back to the beginning of Cats. Many of these cat trees are made of rope cloth or carpet, allowing them to use their claws to climb or without claws to jump or gain traction to get up. Most incorporate multiple platforms on various levels that cats love to relax on. Depending on the size and number of decks, condos, fixtures, including scratching posts, these trees vary in price, but there is one for every budget. Trees can be quite large, but they can easily be tucked into corners and out of the way. Cats love their own furniture, they will claim and use it.
Gyms for cats
There are also many game possibilities with these. Cat gyms come in various sizes and prices, and can include multiple platforms, trays, towers, swat toys, and tunnels. Cats will use their imaginations and make good use of gyms. If you spend a little time with your cat by getting him interested in how to use his own gyms, you will soon discover that he will play on his own, even if it is only for several minutes at a time. Cats only need minutes here and there to be considered active.
Exercise wheel for cats
Cat exercise wheels are pretty new. They are simply a very large wheel on which the cat walks, trots or runs much like hamster wheels. Training the cat is pretty simple in the sense that you position the cat, hold it there with a treat or two, and tap the front of it to move it forward and turn the wheel. Soon, they will have the wheel turning. These are expensive and also quite large, so budget and space will determine if they are appropriate for your home and pets.
Outdoor pet pens, cages, mesh tunnels
If you have a patio or even a deck that you can place your cat outside to get fresh air but you don’t want it to escape, this could be the solution. Again, there are many sizes, styles, and prices for every budget or purpose.
Collar, leash and harness for cats
This is not for all cats, but there are some who like to take short walks. It is best to start teaching “kittens” to walk when they are young, although some older ones get on the leash like the old pros. Train your kitten to wear a collar with a safety device that allows it to escape if the collar gets caught on something. Then attach a long, thin leash or cord to the collar and begin leading the cat indoors, gradually moving outside into safe areas and finally onto sidewalks when you feel your cat is well prepared. Some cats will absolutely refuse, but others, especially cats that have a more “doggy temperament” like Siamese, Burmese, Blue Russians, Ragdolls, Oriental Shorthairs, will consider “walking on a leash” if the walk is short. If you are traveling with your cat, then a collar, harness, and leash is something you should take time to get your cat accustomed to so that you can remove it from cat carriers or handbags and let it “stretch” its legs without fear of them. they run away and get lost or injured.
DVD and videos
There are many cat-inspired audio and visual products on the market to help your cat deal with loneliness and stay mentally alert. Plus, there are even “cat exercise videos” to encourage activity.
Make the exercise “fun” and your Cats will participate. Play is healthy and can incorporate getting in shape, which is essential for your cats’ physical and mental well-being. It helps overcome boredom and discourages the development of behavior problems, especially for those who spend a great deal of time alone or do not receive much individualized “attention”.
Enrich the lives of your cats and they will enrich yours. Keep them entertained with lots of toys to play with, exercise equipment, and high places to relax. You will have a very happy and content cat.