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Keeping Fluffy in Shape

Is your cat asleep right now? There’s a good chance that the answer to that question is yes. Fluffy certainly is tired! While it is adorable that kitties are so drowsy, it does make it easy for them to get out of shape. But how does one keep a cat fit? A St. Vital, Manitoba vet offers some tips in this article.

Toys

Although Fluffy may spend most of her time just lounging about and snoozing, she actually is a predator at heart. Pouncing and jumping are instinctive behaviors for our feline pals. Offer your kitty lots of toys to bat under the couch. Cats all have their own opinions about playthings. Some kitties like classic catnip mice, others prefer wand toys, and some just want to play with bottlecaps. Give your furball a variety, and see what she prefers. You can also try some really cute modern toys, such as automated laser pointers, mechanical mice, and swimming fish.

Playing

Take time to play with your cat every day. To make playtime more fun and challenging for your cute pet, use a toy that you can control, like a laser pointer. This is also a wonderful way to bond with Fluffy, and make her feel loved. It will be fun for you, too!

Vertical Space

Cats often like climbing up to a higher vantage point. Offer Fluffy a cat tower, a catwalk, or kitty shelves. This will encourage your furball to climb and jump. Plus, it will offer her a great view of her kingdom!

Walks

We recommend that cats live indoors. Our feline buddies are much better off staying inside, where they are protected from cars, weather, and other dangers. However, if you want to let Fluffy explore the outdoors, you may want to consider walking her on a leash. This is a great way to safely give your kitty a taste of nature, and let her get some fresh air. Start by letting your furball wear her harness indoors. Once she is used to that, you can attach a leash and start ‘walking’ her around your home. Supervise your pet closely when she is wearing her leash: you don’t want her getting tangled up. Finally, you can try taking her outside. Ask your vet for specific advice.

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