Did you know that our feline friends can spend as much as 20 hours a day sleeping? Fluffy will spend about two-thirds of her life snoozing, napping, and dozing. Kitties’ napping predilection is pretty cute, and it certainly makes caring for them easier. However, just like people, cats do need some activity to stay healthy. A Champaign, IL vet offers some advice on this below.
Fluffy isn’t shy about using our furniture, but she does benefit from having some things that were made for her. Cat towers are great, because they encourage kitties to run, jump, and climb. You can also get Fluffy some pet tents, or even build her a catwalk!
The best way for you to get your furball up and moving? Play with her! Use toys that you can control from a distance, such as wand toys and laser pointers. Playing is both more fun and more challenging for our feline buddies when they can’t anticipate what their ‘prey’ will do next.
While it’s important for you to play with your furry friend, she should also have some toys she can use to amuse herself with by herself when you’re otherwise occupied. Things like catnip mice, ping pong balls, and crinkle toys all fit the bill here.
They say all’s fair in love and war. We’re pretty sure kitty care would fall under love. Tossing a toy or a paper ball down the hall can be a sneaky way to keep Fluffy active. Chances are, she’ll run after it, just to see what it is.
We always recommend keeping cats inside. The exception here would be if you walk your furry pal on a leash. Not all kitties will go for this, but some of our feline pals actually do like going for strolls. This can be a safe way for Fluffy to get some fresh air and exercise. Just take time with training.
This one is definitely not a universal recommendation. Adopting another pet is a big decision, and a lifelong commitment! You’ll need to think it over carefully before proceeding. That said, if your furry best friend is still pretty young and frisky, she may appreciate having a playmate to wrestle with and snuggle up to.
Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your local Champaign, IL animal clinic, anytime!