How can I ensure my cat is getting enough exercise?

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It’s safe to say cats are finicky animals.
They have a mind of their own, and they certainly don’t bother themselves with what it is you’d like them to do.
Unlike dogs, they’re not going to jump at any chance to go on a walk or a run (or really do any organized activity, for that matter).
However, we still want to be sure our cats get enough exercise.
But how can we be certain?
Below, we’ve listed 5 ways you can assist your cat in getting the exercise he or she needs.

Everyone is different

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The amount of exercise needed for your cat varies depending on breed, size, age, etc. The exercise regimen needs to be tailored to the individual, so it’s important to talk to your veterinarian about the best plan for your furry friend.

Engage your cat

Set aside 10 to 15 minutes each day in trying to engage your cat. For instance, attach a string to a ball. Only have this toy come out during the time that you want to engage with your cat, so the cat knows it’s playtime.

Provide toys

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Make sure there are lots of toys available for your cat to entertain herself while you’re away. Try offering a variety of toys and watch to see which type your cat enjoys the most.
Looking for DIY toy ideas? Check out our Pinterest board!

Let them get their energy out

One of the best ways for your cat to get exercise is by having a cat tower or scratching post. Scratching is a vigorous activity that cats love—not to mention it keeps them from scratching your furniture.

Get innovative

In order to engage your cat, sometimes you have to get innovative. One of our favorite ideas is using a laser pointer that you point at the floor while the cat tries to pounce on it. This is a unique method that will engage your cat for an extended amount of time (and better yet involves little to no effort on your behalf!).

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