Post # 1
So, I live in a big, happy, multigenerational household! As well as a bunch of people, there are 4 delightful cats. Of the 4, 3 are shelter adopted, and the other was found abandoned when my in-laws used to live rurally.
One of the cats is really fat. Huge – to the point it is a medical concern. He is also declawed (by his previous owner), and is an indoor cat. He is fed a “metabolism friendly” diet, but is the laziest cat I have ever encountered! EVER! It is incredible… He will roll over on to his back and lie anywhere with anyone. I have had cats all my life and have never come across anything like it.
So, I’m home a lot, and we have discussed having me help him exercise to lose some weight. Recently that has involved short walks around the house where I give lots of encouragement and pets, and gently tap his backside to encourage him to keep walking. He doesn’t give two hoots about mice on strings or anything – he’d rather lie and watch it. I am running out of ideas – he really needs to exercise for health. I also have never come across declawed cats before (I believe it’s illegal in NZ) so have no idea what he can and cannot do.
ETA: Whoops – this was meant to go in pets
Post # 3
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
cat nip? he might be more inclined to follow something if cat nip is in it!
and i second the laser pointer.
Post # 5
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@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
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
My cats go insane for laser pointers. One cat likes to fetch but she is just weird.
Post # 9
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
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
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 # 12
@allyfally: We are considering this. I guess, so someone who knows nothing about declawing, I don’t know if it’s safe or not. We have no fence, so I’d have to put him on a leash.
I’ll try the lazor – I’ve read this can frustrate cats though? Is it true?
Also catnip – good idea.
My MIL, in conjunction with a vet, organises his diet. He’s on a wet/dry mixture. His diet is controlled, but he is still enormous!
Thanks for your ideas everyone – a trip to the petstore and lazer store for me!
Post # 13
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
@farawayviolet: Definitely put him on a harness and leash. Since he’s not used to being outside, he might spook and run.
Post # 15
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
Laser pointer. My cats love it. They beg to play with it.