One of the biggest health problems for cats is obesity. Right now, about half of all domestic cats in the United States are overweight. The average cat usually shouldn’t weigh more than about 10 pounds. But some kitties tip the scale at a whopping 18 pounds.
Obesity is a very serious problem for cats, as it is for humans, as it predisposes your pet to diabetes and other health issues. Veterinarians routinely advise cat owners to take measures to curb excess poundage.
Letting your cat roam around outside, in order to get more exercise, is not the best solution. That’s because of the numerous dangers, such as cars and wild animals, which is why indoor cats have a much great life expectancy than those who spend a lot of time in the great outdoors.
Exercise Toys for Cats
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As with humans, the only way for pets to lose weight is to burn more calories than they consume. Your cat will likely need some dietary adjustments, something you should work out with your veterinarian. Overweight pets may need to be checked for certain metabolic imbalances, such as hypothyroidism.
Once you settle on a new meal plan, your vet will likely suggest your cat get a little more exercise.
Cat Tunnel Indoor
Since it’s not practical or possible to put a leash on your cat, and take him for a walk, some veterinarians suggest interesting cat toys, designed to get kitty off the couch.
One of the most popular types of cat toys is a large pet tunnel. The one shown below is should provide many hours of entertainment for your pet. It will also be fun for you to watch him crawl inside, and try to find his way out.
This tunnel moves, shakes and crackles as your cat maneuvers around inside of it. As with children, cats can also tire of their toys, which should be rotated. When you’re ready to take a break from the tunnel, it easily collapses into a two-inch round frame, so it can be stored.
Cat Scratcher Turbo
The Bergan Turbo Scratcher cat toy has a dual purpose. The spinning ball on the outside can help your cat exercise, as he chases it around the track. Inside is a catnip-scented scratcher designed to save your furniture. (Organic catnip is included with the purchase).
This toy measures 16-inches in diameter, and the base is made of BPA-free plastic. Chasing this ball allows your cat to work out his hunter instinct, in the safety of his home. This toy is made in America.
Catit Design Senses Play Circuit
This highly interactive cat toy comes with tracks that can be assembled in different ways, to hold a cat’s interest longer. You can even purchase additional tracks, if you want a larger unit.
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