We all know that part of our jobs as responsible pet owners is providing our animal companions with adequate exercise to keep both their minds and bodies fit and healthy. But keeping an indoor cat active can be a challenge, mainly due the constraints of being inside the home, rather than outdoors. The good news is there are plenty of ways you can keep your indoor kitty active without having to venture outside. Here are 5 tips from a Niagara Animal Chiropractor for doing just that.
Invest in a Laser Pointer – Nothing spells hours of entertainment for you and your feline companion quite like the light from a laser pointer. Have your cat chase the light, jump for it – whatever comes to mind. The more you get your kitty moving, the healthier he or she will become.
Keep Water and Food Separate – Let’s face it, some cats are just not that active, so finding something to get them to move around a little more can be a challenge. Try placing your cat’s water and food bowls apart from each other so that your lazy kitty will be forced to move from one to the other.
Provide Vertical Space – Cats are natural climbers and jumpers, but there’s not a lot of things in a normal home on which this behavior is acceptable. Provide your cat with ample opportunity to tap into their natural instinct to get vertical by placing platforms, climbing trees and towers throughout your home. Your Niagara Animal Chiropractor can make some specific recommendations for good products to try based on the size and layout of your home.
Offer Lots of Toys – Create an obstacle course of various play things to keep your cat interested and active. You can use store-purchased cat toys or make some of your own using simple things you can find around the house, such as paper bags and cardboard boxes. Your Niagara Animal Chiropractor can offer you some ideas of what types of toys to try.
Interact with Your Pet – Don’t forget the role you play in keeping your indoor pet active. Get toys that allow you to play with your cat and spend a little time each day interacting. Not only will your cat get healthier, but your bond will be strengthened as well.
For more ideas on how to keep your indoor cat healthy and active, ask your Niagara Animal Chiropractor.