There’s an ancient proverb that says, “A cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays, and for the last three he stays.”  This saying seems to perpetuate the myth that cats have nine lives. It also shines a light on the lives that cats lead. They love to play and wander and rest in their older years. These are the makings of a great life for your feline!  As cat parents, we want to be intentional about not only the quantity of our cats’ lives but the quality.  This is why cat exercise is so important!

Cat Exercise Is Important

Without a proper diet and lots of exercise, cats can become overweight. Obesity is associated with multiple medical problems including breathing difficulties, increased chance of arthritis, liver problems, and urinary tract disease. The number one way to combat obesity is increasing activity in your cats’ daily lifestyle.

It’s true – cats like to rest a lot, but they also have bursts of energy and a desire to be active. Activity helps maintain a cat’s weight, keeps their muscles strong and their minds active.  Playing with your cat not only keeps them active, it’s great bonding time.

Get Movin’

Cats have natural hunting instincts that keep them motivated to move and explore. If your cat has access to the outdoors they’ll enjoy staying fit by climbing, hunting, and investigating. If your cat lives indoors, you can provide places for them to climb, perch, and scratch. Interactive toys that require them to work towards the reward of a treat inside will get them moving for sure. A cats’ curiosity is stirred in their love for beams of light. Grab a flashlight and play a game of chase the light around the house! For lots of entertainment, you can build an obstacle course with empty boxes set at different levels for them to climb and explore! They’ll love interacting with you as you create new environments for them play.

Keep In Check

As a pet parent, it’s important to keep up to date with your cats’ daily level of activity. Staying motivated can be tough, but The Poof Pet Activity Tracker gives you the tools you need to keep track of their daily activities – this is the first step for consistent cat exercise! Checking in with the Poof App daily helps you compare your pets’ activity with others to keep your cat on the path to a quality, health-filled life. Investing in the quality of your cats’ life by tracking their activity levels, calories, and sleep will provide you peace of mind in knowing you’re doing all you can to care for your best friend. Without a doubt, your cat only has one life to live and you can help them be the healthiest he/she can be with a lot of love and a little bit of exercise!

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Doctors Foster and Smith

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