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Understanding The Importance of Exercise for Cats 

As a cat owner, keeping your companion healthy and happy is paramount. From buying the best brands of food to regular veterinarian check-ups, you do your best to provide your cat with a fulfilling life. However, an often overlooked aspect of cat health is physical activity. That’s why we’re here to help you understand the importance of exercise for cats and develop new ways to get your pet moving and engaged.  

How Much Rest Is Too Much Rest? 

Cats are known to nap and lounge for most of the day. Kittens may sleep anywhere between 18 to 22 hours each day, whereas adult cats may rest for 12 to 16 hours. Although cat’s sleep about twice as often as humans, exercise is still essential. Fortunately, getting your cat active does not need to be strenuous or time-consuming. On average, 30 minutes of exercise daily is sufficient to maintain your cat’s physical and mental well-being. 

How Does Exercise Impact My Cat Physically? 

Exercise is essential to your cat’s physical health. Just like humans, cats need to burn calories to maintain their weight and prevent obesity. By ensuring your pet stays active, you can help combat the risks associated with excessive weight gain, including arthritis and diabetes. Regular physical activity helps strengthen and tone your cat’s muscles and bones, which is particularly important as your cat gets older. 

What Are The Mental Benefits of Exercise for Cats? 

Exercise offers more than just physical wellness for your cat. It also contributes largely to your cat’s emotional and mental health. When cats do not receive sufficient exercise, they may develop problematic behaviors or become withdrawn or depressed. Fortunately, with regular playtime, your cat can stay mentally stimulated, sharp, and engaged, reducing feelings of anxiety, boredom, frustration, and stress.

If you’re ready to get your cat active and help them lead a more fulfilling life, contact your veterinarian today to learn more.