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Keeping Your Kitty Fit

Cats are very cute pets. Fluffy is personable, lovable, charismatic, clean, and, of course, highly entertaining. She’s also pretty sleepy! Our feline friends are adorable when they are snoozing. However, your pet’s love of naps does make it easier for her to gain weight. Although your kitty will still be adorable if she’s a bit chubby, she’ll be much healthier staying at or near her ideal weight. Diet is crucial here, but it’s also important to keep your pet active. A Burlington, ON vet discusses keeping kitties fit in this article.

Toys

Offer Fluffy some toys that she can play with by herself. Cats all have their own unique tastes, so give your cat a variety, and see what she likes best. Some kitties love catnip mice, while others prefer squeaky toys or crinkly toys. Rotate your furball’s things out regularly to keep things fun and fresh.

Kitty Furniture

Cats love exploring little nooks and crannies. They also really like climbing! We recommend getting your furry buddy a cat tower. This will encourage her to jump and climb. (It will also give her a spot to watch you with that cute smug expression cats are so famous for.) You can also get Fluffy a catwalk, or offer her some newspaper tunnels to explore.

Playtime!

Even spending just a few minutes a day playing with Fluffy will benefit her. Jumping and pouncing can burn quite a few calories! Use a toy that you control, like a laser pointer, a wand toy, or a remote-controlled mouse. This will make things more fun and more challenging for your cat.

Buddies

Adopting a cat is a lifetime commitment, so you’ll need to think this one over carefully before proceeding. That said, if your kitty is still young and frisky, and you think she would enjoy having a playmate, a second feline may be a good option.

Trickery

All’s fair in love and war… and, to some extent, cat care! You may need to trick your pet into moving a bit more. Toss a crumpled-up piece of paper down the hall, so Fluffy will chase after it. Or, call your kitty to you from the other end of the house. Offer your furball praise and ear scritches as a reward when she reaches you.

Please reach out to us, your local Burlington, ON vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

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