How does one exercise a cat?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
3006 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Have you tried a lazer pointer? My formerly fat, declawed cat (not looking to get into it with anyone, it was NOT my decision) couldn’t give a hoot about strings, yet she goes crazy for the lazer pointer. Also, any cat nip toy she’ll bat around until she’s worn out.

Post # 4
3828 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

cat nip? he might be more inclined to follow something if cat nip is in it!


and i second the laser pointer. 

Post # 5
4441 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@farawayviolet:  Is he on a wet food diet?  Has he been tested for diabetes?

Agree with PP about a laser pointer.  Also, try a “da bird” my cat LOVED it, to the point we had to hide it when we left and he would be panting after playing with it.

You might want to talk to a vet about it.

Post # 6
2565 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Some cats are very hard to get moving, my girl cat will play for hours but my boy cat after a minute will be like “meh”.  You can try puzzle toys, so he has to bat it around and play with it in order to release his food.

If you have anyone in your area that does veterinary physical therapy they often also do “fat camp” in addition to orthopedic rehab.

Post # 8
24457 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

My cats go insane for laser pointers. One cat likes to fetch but she is just weird.

Post # 9
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

If you have a fenced in portion of your yard, I’d bring him outside! We had a fat, lazy indoor cat once. We’d bring him outside twice a day and he’d frolic like a kitten!

Post # 10
8518 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

Since he’s an inside cat, do you think being outside might interest him? You could get him a harness and leash and try to take him outside.

Post # 11
817 posts
Busy bee

Agree with others… Laser pointer!!  I got my boy kitty from my sister who would just leave food out 24/7 and never gave him any attention.  Plus, he only has three legs so him getting excersize would be difficult.  Dude, he goes crazy for the laser.  Cat nip and those string toys with feathers at the end do nothing for him, but he turns into a ninja when that laser comes out.

If that doesn’t interest your kitty, maybe get some treats to tempt him to follow you around some.  Or if he eats hard food you can have him follow you while you walk around the house and give him his food every few steps.

Post # 13
2169 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

They take up a  decent amount if space but I highly recommend something like this tower monstrosity I found on EBay. Norma Jeane lives with friends of ours now but when she was my baby she LOVED to jump and climb on it. Ditto the lazer pointer.  Between that and a cellophane ball at the end of a stick, it was easy to get her moving around.

Post # 14
8518 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

@farawayviolet:  Definitely put him on a harness and leash. Since he’s not used to being outside, he might spook and run.

Post # 15
2813 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

You might want to keep trying different toys. One of our cats will play with literally anything, but the other turns her nose up at everything… except string! She goes nuts when we dangle a piece of yarn in front of her. Oh, and lights – if you turn out the lights and flash a flashlight on the floor, she’ll chase it for hours. Sometimes it just takes the right toy, you know?

Post # 16
562 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Laser pointer. My cats love it. They beg to play with it.

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