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Resolutions For Lazy Cats

January 1 2023

Happy New Year! Do you have major goals in mind for 2023? If so, that’s great! It’s probably safe to say that most of our feline friends are keeping their resolutions pretty low key … if they can be bothered to make any at all. Read on as a local Champaign, IL vet lists some things Fluffy  may—or may not—want to accomplish this year.

Proper Fur Distribution

Kitties do take their household duties very seriously. Fluffy may decide to be a bit more precise in leaving fur around your house this year. For instance, she may make it a point to shed on that one chair she has so far left alone.

Control The Human

Our feline overlords are really good at wrapping us around their paws. If Fluffy doesn’t have you trained yet, she may very well work on that in 2023.

Learn Something New

Many people choose resolutions that involve trying new things, whether it’s learning a new cooking style or trying a fun craft. Our furry buddies actually have pretty lofty educational goals.  Fluffy may want to take a crack at nuclear science, string theory, or quantum physics. The catch? She’ll learn by osmosis … specifically, by sleeping atop a phone, laptop, tablet, or computer.


Have you ever noticed why cats look so smug and all-knowing? Fluffy meditates every day, with the focus on connecting with the universe and achieving inner peace … and complete world domination.

Get In Shape

Physical fitness is a very popular goal for people, and it’s actually also at the top of the list for kitties. Fluffy will try to pounce at least once this year!

Improve Napping Times

Senior cats can nap up to 20 hours a day. However, it takes time for them to reach that expert level. Fluffy may try to ramp up from 25 daily naps to 32 this year. Your furball may also want to try new positions.

Comfort The Human

Our feline overlords really are furry little bundles of love, that keep us smiling and lift our spirits on bad days. Fluffy will be an adorable, purring source of support for you on bad days. Kitty cuddles are truly precious! 

Our Advice on Resolutions For Lazy Cats in 2024

How can pet owners encourage their cats to be more active and engage in healthy play?

To encourage cats to be more active and engage in healthy play, pet owners can introduce various interactive toys that mimic natural behaviors, such as chasing and pouncing. Toys like laser pointers, feather wands, and motorized mice are excellent for stimulating physical activity. Creating a cat-friendly environment with climbing structures, scratching posts, and hiding spots can also promote movement. Regular play sessions and varying the toys to maintain interest are crucial. Additionally, integrating puzzle feeders helps stimulate both mental and physical activity by making cats work for their food.

Are there any specific dietary changes or supplements that can help promote overall health and well-being in cats?

To promote overall health and well-being in cats, a balanced diet tailored to their life stage and health needs is essential. Incorporating high-quality, protein-rich cat food that meets AAFCO guidelines is crucial. For specific health concerns, such as joint health or kidney function, veterinary-recommended supplements like glucosamine or omega-3 fatty acids can be beneficial. Probiotics can also support digestive health. Always consult a veterinarian before introducing new supplements or making significant dietary changes to ensure compatibility with the cat’s health status and nutritional needs.

What are some signs that a cat’s laziness or lack of activity may be due to an underlying health issue?

When a cat’s lack of activity or perceived laziness may be due to an underlying health issue, key signs include sudden changes in behavior, such as a normally active cat becoming lethargic or disinterested in play. Other indicators can be changes in sleeping patterns, decreased appetite, unexplained weight gain or loss, and avoidance of social interaction. Additionally, signs of pain when moving, difficulty jumping, or reluctance to climb can suggest health issues like arthritis or other musculoskeletal disorders. Any notable change warrants a veterinary evaluation to rule out medical causes.

Are there any specific breeds of cats that are known for being more active or energetic?

Yes, certain breeds of cats are known for their higher activity levels and energetic behavior. The Abyssinian, for example, is renowned for its playful and curious nature, often engaging in playful activities well into adulthood. The Bengal is another highly active breed known for its love of climbing and interactive play. Similarly, Siamese cats are very social and energetic, often seeking constant engagement and stimulation. The Maine Coon, despite its larger size, is also quite playful and enjoys interactive toys and games.

What are some common health problems that can develop in cats who are consistently lazy or overweight?

Cats that are consistently lazy or overweight are at risk for several health problems. Obesity can lead to diabetes mellitus, where the body either doesn’t produce enough insulin or can’t use it effectively. Joint issues, such as arthritis, are also common, as excess weight puts additional stress on a cat’s bones and joints. Overweight cats may also suffer from hepatic lipidosis, a serious liver condition triggered by rapid weight loss, which can occur if an overweight cat suddenly stops eating. Additionally, obesity can exacerbate heart problems and lead to decreased longevity.

All of us here at Good Friends Animal Hospital, your Champaign, IL animal hospital, wish you a wonderful new year. We look forward to providing top-notch care in 2023 and beyond! 

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