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Fun Ways to Exercise Your Feline Friend

Cats aren’t as likely to jump at your offer of playtime as a dog might be, but they need their exercise just the same! Exercise time with your cat doesn’t have to be dull, though—use these tips from a London vet to make exercise fun.

Laser Toys

You can easily find a laser cat toy at pet supply stores or retail dealers. Wherever you point the light, a laser in the shape of an insect or mouse shines on the wall. Your cat will go wild trying to chase it down, getting great exercise in the process! Remember to avoid shining the laser directly into your cat’s eyes, as it could cause retinal damage over time.

Jungle Gyms

Cat jungle gym structures are great for having your cat exercise while having a lot of fun. Cats love high perches as well, and these structures often provide them. Many are outfitted with scratching posts and built-in toys as well. You can even try sprinkling a bit of catnip on the structure to entice your cat into playing on it!

Play Date

Is your cat the friendly type? Consider setting up a kitty play date with a friend or relative who has a cat. The pair can spend hours romping around, playing with toys, and “stalking” each other. Of course, it’s best to make sure both cat’s claws are trimmed and they’re up-to-date on immunizations and vaccinations.

Outdoor Time

Dogs aren’t the only pets who can exercise outdoors. Try building a small, escape-proof outdoor enclosure for your cat to spend time in. She’ll love hearing the sounds of the outdoors, swatting at flying insects, and stalking outdoor critters. You can even try walking your cat with a cat-specific harness and leash. Ask your vet for a recommendation.

Exercising your cat doesn’t have to be a daily chore. Ask your London veterinary professional for more fun ways to get your cat moving!

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