Until recent years we were a pretty lazy family. In fact, you could say we practiced recreation, hardcore. If there was such a thing as extreme channel surfing, we'd have gone to the X-Games. I think you get the idea- but the real point is that we've come a long way. I've come a long way. We're investing in experiences, and I'm investing in myself with a better diet and regular physical activity. I lost, and kept off over 50 lbs and, while I still enjoy a good binge-watch of Orange Is The New Black, I find challenging and physical activities quite rewarding. Getting the fur-children on board, however, has been another story in itself.
Tip 1: Hydrated felines are naturally more energetic, and healthy. In addition to keeping fresh water out, at several locations within your home, consider adding a water fountain, or running water source. Animals will naturally drink more water when it is circulated, and most modern pet fountains even offer filtration systems.
Another way to naturally introduce more hydration into your pet's diet is through the inclusion of wet food. The American Association of Feline Practitioners now recommends feeling indoor felines wet food throughout the course of their entire life, allotting to a minimum of 50% of your pet's diet. Not only does wet food cut down on dehydration, but also the number of trips your cat will need to make to the litter box, due to over drinking caused by dry food. I'd call that a win for everybody! Naturally, your cat's specific dietary needs will vary, so it'd best to consult your veterinarian before changing their diet, and to determine the best wet food regimen.
One solution is to invest in a puzzle feeder system for dry food or treats. If your cat is on a primary wet food diet you can even use dry food kibble as a form of training with various puzzle feeders, or treat dispensers. You can even find a few small variations of this concept in the pet care aisle of your grocery store (next to the pet treats), without naming names, one looks like a white mouse :)
Finding a toy that is inconspicuously a toy, also works well. Truffles loves to play with trash above all else. A forgotten twist tie, a stray bottle cap (she loves bottle caps), a mini hair clip. Of course these options are not always the safest for kitty. In our house a toy known as Cat Springs (NOT an affiliate link) have been ordered in bulk through the years. These are very light weight, pet safe, springs that tend to stick to cat's paws and claws when they swat them. This creates a natural springing effect, where the toy, itself, leaps from the cat's grasp in a random direction, thus feeding the need to 'hunt,' and the illusion that it could possibly be alive.
These are just a few tips to help keep your indoor adult cat active. Do you have a cat in your family? If so how old are they? What's the oldest pet you've had as a family member?
What Daughter Says: Playing with your indoor cat isn't jut fun, it's healthy!