Helpful Tips – Fighting Feline Fat

Obesity in cats is all too common and this
condition can predispose your cat to diabetes and arthritis. Indoor cats –
especially those who are the only feline in the house – tend not to get
adequate exercise. Here are some helpful tips to encourage your kitty to shed
that extra weight:

• Use a laser pointer and shine the light
all around the room (but never directly in their eyes).
• A wind-up fur mouse will keep your cat busy
for hours.
• Purchase a kitty fishing-pole, attach
something fun and tantalize your cat with an exciting chase throughout the
house.
• Walk or run up and down stairs dragging a
thick rope for your kitty to try and catch (this will get both of your hearts
pumping).
• Make your cat work for his food. Instead of
putting a meal on one plate, put small amounts of food on several plates
throughout the house. This will require your cat to exercise in order to
eat.

Just remember – any object you
can wiggle, dangle or toss across the room has the potential for being a tool
for feline exercise. If you are just beginning an exercise program, start with
only five minutes of activity, then subsequently adding additional minutes. If
your cat begins panting, it’s best that you discontinue the activity right
away, and try something else that’s not quite so physically
taxing. 


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Posted: 01/18/2007 at 09:38 AM
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