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Understanding The Importance of Physical Activity in Cats 

Many people assume that because cats are independent and love to lounge, they do not require daily exercise. However, that is far from the truth. Cats, just like dogs or humans, require physical activity to maintain and enhance their physical health, emotional well-being, and overall quality of life.

How Much Exercise Does My Cat Need?

Determining how much exercise your cat needs can be challenging. This number varies depending on your cat’s age, temperament, and health. On average, a cat should engage in physical activity anywhere between 20 and 45 minutes each day. This does not mean that they require one long session of playtime. This number can be broken up into various sessions throughout the day to balance out their excessive sleeping habits.

How Do I Know If My Cat Isn’t Getting Enough Exercise?

Some of the unfavorable or strange behaviors your cat has adopted may derive from a lack of physical activity. Cats who act out in destructive ways, including excessive clawing or biting, may be due to not receiving enough physical and mental stimulation in their day. You may also notice that your cat is over-grooming. This is another sign that they are not stimulated and trying to relieve stress or frustration. By getting your cat engaged in regular playtime sessions, you can mitigate many of these behaviors.

How Can I Get My Cat to Exercise More?

Cats can be tricky when it comes to exercise, especially if they have grown accustomed to a sedentary lifestyle. While some cats may be okay with a leash and outdoor walk, that is not always the case. We recommend appealing to your cat’s natural instincts. Cats are hunters, as such they love to pounce and prey, making wand toys with a string and mouse, bird, or feather attachment an excellent addition to their routine. Furthermore, cats love to perch, climb, and claw, which is why scratch pads and cat trees are so beneficial to your cat. These tools provide them with a safe place to tap into their inherent behaviors and relieve some pent-up energy.

For more effective ways to get your cat physically and mentally stimulated, contact your veterinarian today.