Resolutions for Your Aloof Floof ✨
Updated: Feb 9
It's a new year, and that means it's time to set goals and make resolutions to better ourselves - and our cats! When I was pondering this month’s blog I was stumped until I looked over at my roommate’s cat Swayze, yes just like Patrick Swayze (RIP)… she is my bestie (sometimes) so I had to keep it real, she’s lazy. As jealous as I am of her very relaxed schedule she is in need of some new year’s resolutions, and I knew others could relate. If you have a lazy cat, you might be wondering how to get them to exercise more in the coming year. Exercise is essential for cats, as it helps them stay healthy and fit, and can help prevent diseases like obesity and diabetes.
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to get your cat to exercise, from trying out different toys to making sure they have plenty of space to move around. Read on to learn how to create New Year's resolutions to get your lazy cat to exercise more!
Invest in Some New Toys
When it comes to getting your lazy cat to exercise, one of the best ways to get them motivated is to invest in some new toys. Cats love to play and are naturally curious creatures, so introducing new toys can help keep your cat engaged and interested in playing. Cat trees, laser pointers, feather wands, and puzzle feeders are all great options that can help provide a stimulating environment for your cat. Additionally, you can use interactive toys such as automatic ball launchers or treat dispensers to encourage more physical activity. When selecting toys, make sure they’re safe and suitable for your cat’s age and energy level. Replacing or rotating out toys every few weeks will help keep your kitty from becoming bored.
Pair Up, Exercise Partners
A pair of cats who get along well will get plenty of exercise through their own wrestling and chasing games. As much as Swayze acts like she hates Obie they love to play, chase, and wrestle. This is Swayze’s main exercise time, getting her to chase a toy is a bit more difficult. Swayze is always panting after a good play and were happy that she gets in a good run to keep her healthy.
Create an Exercise Routine
New year new kitty it’s time for some discipline and the only one who can implement that is you. Creating an exercise routine for your cat can be as easy as making them chase toys or as difficult as a walk with a leash. Getting your cat moving in any way is the main goal. In my home, Swayze is a bit of a chunk who can lay in a laundry basket for five hours at a time. Don’t get me wrong her life on paper sounds lovely but her chunkiness holds her back from some spicy play fights with my cat Obie. It was time to do something to help so my roommate bought a leash and started placing her harness on her every morning to slowly get used to the catwalk process. We started to investigate other options such as the cat wheel or treadmill. After some research, we learned that you could teach your cat to run on a treadmill for exercise. Make sure
to supervise your cat while on the treadmill. Cats can run up to 30 miles per hour but start slow and work up until you know your cat’s speed.
15-30 Minutes of Playtime a Day
For most of us getting some exercise in is always easier when it’s fun and enjoyable, the same goes for our pets. Making sure you’re engaging in 15-20 minutes of vigorous playtime daily will make it easier for you to get quality time with your cat and for your cat to get the exercise they need. Think of yourself as their gym coach running around the living room with them before getting ready for bed or leaving for work in the morning. Making both of your lives better!
The Real Resolution
Cats are known for being independent and aloof, but a little extra attention and exercise can go a long way for their physical and mental health. The small changes you make today can have a long-lasting impact on your cat's well-being, so start now and be sure to give them the love and care they deserve! Until next month when one of my feline roommates (who does not pay rent btw…rude) sparks inspiration.
Happy New Year,